The remaining section of the MSC Napoli, which sank off the coast of Branscombe, Devon in 2007 has been successfully lifted from the seabed

The wreck of the doomed ship MSC Napoli has finally been lifted from the seabed.

MSC Napoli ran aground off the coast of Branscombe, Devon in January 2007. The incident caused mayhem in the local area as scavengers swarmed to loot through the crates that had washed ashore.

During this last stage of the salvage operation (pictured) the wreck was suspended, fully supported by the lifting chains, and locked in place by 24 chain pullers.

Cutting has now commenced and will now continue in accordance with the agreed salvage plan and all scrappage will be taken to be recycled in the Netherlands.

There are no reports of any pollution in the vicinity of the wreck although a temporary exclusion zone of 500 metres around the wreck remains in place.

Hugh Shaw of the Maritime Salvage and Intervention said, “I am encouraged to see the final cutting phase of this project now underway and before I sign off this project an underwater inspection and seabed survey will be made.”