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Hidrostal Pumps successfully refloat MSCNapoli

Posted: Monday 29th October 2007

Hidrostal pumps have played a major role in the refloating of the stricken container ship MSC Napoli, nearly six months after it was grounded off the south Devon coast. The vessel carrying 2,300 containers was damaged in a storm in January. Dutch salvage specialist SMIT International was appointed by the ship’s owners to manage the major salvage project. The immediate requirement was the recovery of 4000 tonnes of bunker oil from the ship; the containers then had to be discharged from the vessel, an enormous task taking 4 months.

The final phase of the operation, which finally took place on Monday [ July 9th ], was to refloat the MSC Napoli by dewatering all the ship’s flooded compartments. Hidrostal electric submersible pumps, ancillary pipework and generators had been supplied and installed by Eekels Pompen, a Hidrostal Netherlands distributor. Eekels’ Andre Mooiman explains:

‘We use Hidrostal pumps extensively for major complex pump hire operations. It is our experience that the equipment is efficient, incredibly reliable and robust even in the harshest of environments. This combination makes the Hidrostal submersible ideal for such a demanding maritime pumping operation as the Napoli situation.’

The 62,000-ton vessel was successfully floated free a mile off Sidmouth on Monday after 58,000 tons of water was pumped from her holds. The ship has been towed 500m south of its original position where it is currently being inspected. Twenty divers from the Dutch Salvage company, Smit, are carrying out a thorough survey below the waterline to enable the final decision on the Napoli’s future to be made. The Hidrostal pumps will continue to be operated until this decision is made.

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