A contract to remove the stern of the container vessel MSC Napoli, wrecked off the southeast coast of England in 2007, has been awarded to Global Response Maritime B.V., based in The Netherlands.
The contract, placed by the vessel owners, calls for the clearance of the 3,800-metric-ton stern, Britain's Maritime & Coastguard Agency said in an announcement.
The Napoli was damaged in a storm while transiting the English Channel in January, 2007. The vessel was later grounded deliberately, and subsequent operations included recovery of bunker fuel, containers and the forepart of the ship.
The new contract covers the removal of the stern, including main engine, together with delivery of all scrap to the recovery facility of Scheepssloperij Nederland B.V at Gravendeel, The Netherlands.
Plans call for the stern in June to be hoisted off of the seabed by a crane barge, cut into sections, and loaded aboard two flat-top barges. The project is expected to be completed in August.