Thursday, 28 April 2011

Sea of Napoli

We spent a wonderful few days in Dorset/Devon last weekend including a lovely time on the beach at Branscombe  - site of the MSC Napoli grounding in January 2007, resulting in the spillage of the contents of many of its 2394 containers into the sea and onto the shore...
What a contrast now (and with our North Sea beaches on the Suffolk coast - perpetual victim of huge quantities of shipping waste) : on my short walk on the beach I found only one piece of (visible*) marine litter, shown below.

* who knows what traces of other pollutants remain... according to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, about 150 of the Napoli's containers held "hazardous" substances including industrial and agricultural chemicals.
Despite this - and arctic water temperatures - we enjoyed a lovely swim... come on in the water may be lovely!!

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