Today is the deadline for beachcombers who recovered items washed ashore from a grounded container ship to report their finds to the Receiver of Wreck.
Thousands of items recovered by members of the public from beached containers from the damaged MSC Napoli - lying a mile off Sidmouth, east Devon - have been reported in accordance with the Merchant Shipping Act. Failure to do so is a criminal offence under the Act, said a spokesman for the Receiver.
Among the items already reported are a number of the 17 BMW motorbikes recovered from containers washed up on Branscombe Beach following the grounding of the 62,000-tonne vessel on January 20.
Last week, seven more containers washed from the ship in bad weather beached between Sidmouth and Branscombe, and police sealed off access to the area.
The Receiver said that, as salvage contracts were in operation, members of the public could no longer salvage any further wreck material. There were no dangerous goods amongst the latest containers to come ashore, said the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
They held goods including electrical appliances, King Edward potatoes, engine parts and used office supplies.
The MCA said the Sidmouth end of the closed off stretch of beach was now open following the recovery of the latest beached containers, but work to clear debris continued. Around 344 containers have now been lifted from the vessel since the operation began.
The Napoli was grounded when it was feared she would go down while being towed to Portland, Dorset, having suffered damage in a Channel storm during which her 26 crew were rescued.
The vessel was carrying 2,300 containers, 103 of which were lost overboard when she first grounded. Of that number, 57 were washed ashore at Branscombe - sparking a looting frenzy by thousands of people.