The UK has successfully completed the salvage and wreck removal operations of the MSC Napoli, which was beached at Branscombe in January 2007 following damage from a storm in the English Channel.

The UK Secretary of State’s representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention said the work took over 900 days, according to the BBC.

The £50m salvation operation was carried out in several phases, starting with removal of fuel oil, then the cargo and the wreck.

In the final stage of salvage work, the stern section of the ship was removed from the seabed. The final section from the seabed was lifted, cut and the scrap removed to an approved disposal contractor.

The last stage was undertaken by Holland-based Global Response Maritime under a contract from the London P&I Club.

A survey of the seabed has also been carried out to demonstrate the absence of any risk to safety or risk of pollution from hazardous substances.