A damper has been taken for one of the reasons that hazardous calcium hypochlorite - embroiled in many containervessel fires in the 1990s - might be liable for a blaze that led to the MSC Flaminia being forsaken in the center of the North Atlantic.
NSB Niederelbe is still checking through circumstances of the cargo vessel loaded on the 6,732-teu MSC Flaminia that has been built in 2001, but reports no calcium hypochlorite was on the manifest and no other apparent reason for the accident has yet been found.
However hazardous cargoes are misdeclared in many times so the chance of a calcium hypochlorite related fire might not be wholly ruled out amidst the 2,876 containers on the board of MSC Flaminia on the destination among Charleston and Antwerp.
Smit has undersigned a Lloyd’s Open Form “no cure no payment” tug contract for the injured ship but it is going to be Tuesday evening before the chartered in 16,320hp firefighting tug Fairmount Expedition that has been built in 2007 and a salvage master extends the stricken containervessel MSC Flaminia.
An inner firm inquiry into the accident is already underway and Germany, the flag state of the MSC Flaminia, is going to lead an official incident investigation into the fire that has cost 2 lives and left 3 crewmen in hospital.
There is little present information on the size of damage to the MSC Flaminia vessel as overflights or satellite pictures of the ship appear to have not taken place.
NSB Niederelbe has obtained advanced information about the accident from the master and senior officers of the MSC Flaminia that are between the eighteen crew members and 2 passengers on the board of the vessel the 311,000-dwt tanker DS Crown that has been built in 1999, and is due to extend Falmouth in the evening in UK on Wednesday.
Information from the crew members of the MSC Flaminia vessel says that the accident started with a fire around hatch cover Number Four with the explosion that has followed.
The fire has been very serious for the captain to order the vessel to be forsaken despite the MSC Flaminia was 1,000 miles from the nearest land.
The 16,500-hp ocean sailing tug Anglian Sovereign that has been built in 2003 is presently being loaded with specialist firefighting gear at Inverness consisting of a Cobra lance technology which might pierce container walls and put down fires within boxes. But it is going to be Thursday or Friday before this tug reaches the last stated position of the MSC Flaminia.
The MSC Flaminia was on a sail from Charleston to Antwerp at the time of the fire with a crew members of 5 Germans, 3 Poles and 15 Filipinos.
The hull insurance of the vessel MSC Flaminia is led by the Swedish Club that also secures protection and compensation cover for the ship.
With the hull of the fired vessel MSC Flaminia insured for an approximately $40 million and back of envelope calculations that about nearly 3,000 containers of cargo can have a value of $90 million the insurance market appears to be in for another sizeable loss.