MV Napoli



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The Napoli was built by Samsung Heavy Industries in 1991 and has a bit of a chequered history.

Initially she was called CMA CGM Nornandie and in 2001, then named CMA CGM Normandie, she was en route from Port Klang in Malaysia to the Indonesian capital, Jakarta when she ran aground on a reef in the Singapore Strait and remained stuck for several weeks. She had some substantial repairs done by welding around 3000 tonnes of steel to her hull. She had various names in her short life:

2004 MSC Napoli
2001 CMA CGM Normandie
1995 Nedlloyd Normandie
1991 CGM Normandie


The following are her specifications:



Metvale Limited

Port of registry:            

 United Kingdom, London

 France 1991-1995


Samsung Heavy Industries Geoje, South Korea


Zodiac Maritime Agencies Ltd

Yard number:



24 August 1991


53,409 GT


275.66 m (904.4 ft)

Beam:  37.10 m (121.7 ft)

Draught:         13.8 m (45 ft 3 in)


24 kn (44 km/h; 28 mph)


34,480 KW


 53,409 GT



 Photo Steve Clarkson

On January 18th 2007 she was en-route from Belgium to Portugal when she encountered the windstorm “Kyrill” which produced gale force winds producing high waves. The stress on the repaired hull was to much and cracks appeared flooding the engine room. At this point, 50 miles off the Lizard, she was just drifting and at 10:30 sent out a distress signal and the captain ordered the 26 crew to abandon ship into the lifeboats. The were all picked up by Sea King helicopters in very difficult conditions and taken to the Royal Naval Station Culdrose in Cornwall.

The ship was towed and beached off the South Devon Coast where her fuel was removed. Some 200 containers broke loose and 40 of them ended up on Branscombe beach where hundreds of people from all over the country decided to help themselves, even to the BMW motorbikes. The police and receiver of wrecks soon got involved and reminded them of their rights and handed out “DROIT” forms to be used to report and items salvaged.

Above photos - Steve Clarkson

People helping themselves