Mediterranean Shipping Co. on Thursday said the operation to pump oil from the grounded MSC Napoli is now well underway.
The carrier said salvors have been pumping oil from the vessel, grounded off of Devon, England, at a rate of 30 metric tons per hour. By midday today over 275 tons had been removed from portside tank six and preparations were underway to start pumping oil from portside tank five.
The company said salvors were working in difficult conditions during daylight hours, and a second crew is en route to the damaged ship to commence 24-hour pumping.
A total of 103 containers were lost overboard when the 62,000-ton ship was intentionally grounded after suffering storm damage in the English Channel. MSC said 50 containers have been positively identified on the shore; 20 are still afloat and will be recovered by boat, and 33 are unaccounted for and are presumed sunk. A vessel has been chartered to locate the sunken containers using sonar.
PRIVATE contractors have fenced off Branscombe beach where containers were a target of scavengers earlier this week.
The company also said England's Receiver of Wreck is working with online auction site, e-Bay, "regarding a number of items which were advertised on its site after Monday's activities." It said individuals with such items should hold them until legal ownership is established.