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An investigation by St Peter’s CoE Aided School, Exeter Geography Department. How has the wrecking of the MSC Napoli affected the life of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site?. Contents: What is a World Heritage Site and why is the Jurassic Coast so special?

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An investigation by st peter s coe aided school exeter geography department l.jpg

An investigation by St Peter’s CoE Aided School, Exeter Geography Department

How has the wrecking of the MSC Napoli affected the life of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site?


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Contents:

What is a World Heritage Site and why is the Jurassic Coast so special?

The beaching of the MSC Napoli at Branscombe?

How did the wreck affect the lives of local people?

How were local children affected?

How have the surrounding towns been affected?

What were the effects on the environment?

What has happened since?

Useful websites

The results of our surveys on Excel spreadsheets

Our conclusions

(Click on arrows for links)


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The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

  • What is a World Heritage Site? (by Sam Bigwood & Jacob De La Croix)

  • Why is the Jurassic Coast so special? (by Josh Endicott)

    Links to useful sites:


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The beaching of the MSC Napoli

  • Why was the MSC Napoli beached at Branscombe? (by Josh Mason-Goodall & Sam Alker)

  • What did St Peter’s students do? (by Simon Rendall)


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Interviewing people about the impact of the Napoli

  • A PowerPoint presentation by Emma Lancelles, Sophie Payne, Laura Purslow and Lauren Tucker.

  • Word document by Emma Lancelles, Sophie Payne, Laura Purslow and Lauren Tucker

  • Our data on excel spread sheets


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Interviewing children from Branscombe Primary School

  • By Sean Mills

  • By Jack Keehner

  • By James Lock

  • By Becky Ford & Ashleigh Williams

  • By Roisin Quinn & Alice Williams

  • By Dilys Potter & Hannah Beach

Branscombe Primary School site


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The impact on businesses in the local towns

  • Interviews with local businesses (by Lottie McLarin, Liz Pym, Emily Goodfellow and Grace Boorer.

  • The Donkey Sanctuary (by Rob Somerwill)

  • Stuart Line Cruises (by Sam Cooper & Chris Durston)

  • The impact on Sidmouth (by Ewan MacPherson)

  • Our questionnaires to local businesses


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The impact on the environment

  • How far did people come? (by Maria Graney)

  • Looking at the environmental impact – a talk by Mrs Farrell (by Dave Mulcock & Jake Carr)

  • Looking at the environmental impact (by Emily Panizzi & Lauren Giblin)

  • Looking at the environmental impact (by Katie Sandercock)

  • Our data on excel spreadsheets


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The latest situation – Sidmouth Herald

  • Date set for Napoli re-float

  • [email protected] June 2007

  • THE MSC Napoli

  • SALVAGERS have set a date to refloat the stricken cargo vessel MSC Napoli.Dutch company Smit International is hoping to bring in pumps to start refloating the 62,000-tonne ship on Monday, July 2.Jan De Bokx, salvage master for Smit, said: "We have a planned date for the refloat, which will probably be July 2. We start early in the morning, with pumping continuing through the next night. Within that 24-hour period, hopefully, the vessel should be refloated. Of course, the weather is a very big concern."John Bass, chairman of Branscombe Parish Council, said: "We've been told the scheduled date is July 2 to refloat the Napoli. They will pump it out in 12 hours and it will be refloated. They are going to refloat the bow first and work their way back through."They don't think there is any reason why it won't come up in one piece. They're going to have about 38 pumps there, some of which will be capable of pumping up to 1000 cubic litres an hour."Margaret Rogers, Branscombe resident and Devon County Council executive member for the environment, said: "I think it will be nice to have the beach back to ourselves, but the Napoli has had a marked effect on the number of visitors coming to the area, even before Easter. I think it will be a matter of interest for a long time."Mark Seward, chairman of the Sidmouth Hospitality Association, said: "I suspect there will be a little bit of disappointment from people expecting to see the boat there if it goes but, to be honest, it will probably create some interest to see it leave."Chairman of Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce, Chris Taylor said: "Now that all the containers have been removed and the novelty has worn off, I don't think it will be an attraction just to see a ship sat off the coast. The actual towing away might attract some interest but it will be nice to see it gone.

EDDC

For latest news

The bad weather delayed the refloating until July 9th

BBC


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Our data

  • Questionnaires to members of the public

  • Questionnaires to local businesses

  • Footpath surveys

  • Car Parking data

  • Environmental Quality Surveys


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Useful Websites

  • The local newspapers have all covered the grounding of the MSC Napoli on a regular basis and provide good articles & letters for discussion.

  • Sidmouth Herald

  • Exmouth Journal

  • Exmouth Herald

  • Midweek Herald (Seaton )


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Our conclusions

  • When we started this project back in February, we all expected to come to dire conclusions, particularly about the impact of the beaching of the MSC Napoli on the local environment.

  • Obviously there have been casualties – less than half of the seabirds oiled in the days after the grounding survived their ordeal. Only 485 of the 1020 birds rescued were released back into the wild after their cleaning and rehabilitation.

  • We have not covered in depth the impact on the sea-floor but everyone we spoke to agreed that the Jurassic Coast was very lucky – in that the weather after the time of the grounding was very mild and so the clean-up and unloading was easier.

  • As local papers have reported, businesses did enjoy an increase in business although this depended on what type of business you were in and your proximity to the site. In fact, the good weather at Easter may have also played an equally positive role – the reverse of the poor weather we are experiencing in June 2007! Recently, tourist officials are expressing concern about a drop in revenue if this rainy weather continues. 40% of South West tourist revenue comes from day visitors and locals are staying home in the dry.

  • For all of us, however, the most worrying conclusions actually concerned the behaviour and attitudes of many people at the time. Our students were aghast at the stories the children were telling them. We found it sad that there was such a breakdown in civil behaviour at this time. Our heritage does not only cover our natural landscape but also our culture and we felt shocked that Britain was portrayed around the world as a country of scavengers.


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Thanks

  • The students and staff at St Peter’s CoE Aided School, Exeter, all thoroughly enjoyed working on this project and would like to thank Dr Khatwa, the Jurassic Coast WHS and the Jurassic Trust for their help in this project.


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