Update for MSC Flaminia: A Sailors Rescue Group is Getting Ready for Survivors

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A sailors rescue group is getting ready for the arrival of survivors of the container vessel MSC Flaminia this night in Falmouth, England, as salvage actions on the still burning container vessel starts 1,000 miles away in the mid-Atlantic.
The 984-foot container vessel MSC Flaminia, which last port call was Charleston’s Wando Welch Terminal, was forsaken on Saturday morning followed by an explosion and pernicious fire far out at ocean.
The vessel had left Charleston on July 8, bound for Antwerp with a crew members of 23 plus 2 passengers. It was carrying 2,876 shipping containers from North American and some Caribbean ports.
One of crew members of MSC Flaminia died of fire wounds, 1still remains missing, and another crew member is in a burn ward in Portugal, according to the vessel's owner, German company Reederei NSB. Two other crew members, with less-serious wounds, are in hospitals in the Azores and might be freed later this week, stated the company's speaker.
The reason of the accident and the current condition of the container vessel will not be known until salvage equipment arrives there, according to NSB.
In United Kingdom, the Christian relief agency Mission to Seafarers, that is working in ports all over the world, is getting ready to receive the crew members and passengers that are in a good health condition, and who are on the board of a vessel that rescued the survivors from lifeboats.
“I’m in touch with our team on the ground that have spent the day getting prepared for the crew’s arrival, getting clothes, toiletries and other vitals that have been lost when they had to leave the vessel,” stated Ben Bailey, who handles public affairs for the company.
He also stated that Mission to Seafarers has been requested to have a priest bless the arriving vessel, the oil tanker DS Crown, that is also carrying the corpse of the crew member that died.
In Charleston, England, Capt. John Cameron who is retired Coast Guard executive director of the Charleston Branch Pilots Association, told he and the port pilots are going to be interested to see what an investigation of the accident which is going to be conducted in Germany, is going to determine.
“We’re very disturbed because we are professional seamen and we know the people on that vessel very well,” Capt. Cameron told. “ Of course, Germany has the chance to manage a thorough investigation.”
The container vessel MSC Flaminia has been calling at the Port of Charleston for many years, and its last departure was “absolutely routine,” also stated Cameron.
Charleston was among 10 ports on the Flaminia’s route, and the last U.S. port call before the long Atlantic Ocean transit.
Marilyn Fajardo, that is a spokeswoman for the 7th Coast Guard District, stated the Coast Guard is not going to take part in the investigation because the accident has happened in international waters and no U.S. citizens were between the crew members.
We will just remind that all the crew members were German, Polish and Filipino nationals. There has been no reports accessible as to the nationality of the 2 passengers.