MSC Flaminia Update: No port to Call at the European countries

By Accidents

The burning 6,732-TEU container vessel MSC Flaminia that still smoulders after a mid-Atlantic explosion on July 14, 2012 is meets with difficulties in finding an European port to call.
“I think it shocking that a vessel sailing under the German flag doesn't obtain a permission from the European countries to call at a port,” told in a statement vessel manager Reederei NSB’s chief executive Helmut Ponath.
The Hamburg-based vessel management company told the fire is still remaining under control and is confined to No 7 hold, but the ship has a ten-degree starboard list, having taken on water to quell the fire. Over 1,000 containers are informed to be burnt.
“Intensive negotiations are led with all littoral states. NSB also remains in permanent contact with German authorities in order to make use of all chances for continuing the salvage action,” the company stated, adding that if the container ship MSC Flaminia can't find a safe place to do the salvage work, saving the vessel may not be “possible and the success of the action is compromised”.