MSC Flaminia is Finally Going Home

By Accidents

Over 1 month since burning in flames and smoke while 1,000 miles from land in the Atlantic ocean, the MSC Flaminia container vessel has been allowed to enter to a European anchorage where salvage operations might eventually get underway.
Reederei NSB, who is the German-based manager of the container ship MSC Flaminia, reported that permit to access German territorial waters has been received in collaboration with the German Ministry of Transportation’s German Central Command for Marine Emergencies in Cuxhaven. The container ship MSC Flaminia is going to be towed to sheltered anchorage in German waters of the North Sea and finally to be shifted to a port where towing operations might proceed. While anchored, a team of professionals ranging from firefighters to chemists and engineers is going to identify any hazards that might be emanating from the ship and its cargo. Only thereafter is going to be made a decision on which port the ship is going to be towed.
“We are very happy that after the assignment to the Central Command for Marine Emergencies, the towing of our MSC Flaminia container ship is eventually proceeding. To us this means that our company’s philosophy is right and the German flag pays off”, Helmut Ponath, CEO of Reederei NSB, told on a joint press conference in Bremerhaven, Germany.
MSC Flaminia container vessel and its accompanying group of tug boats have been idled off the coast of Britain since July 26, 2012 and denied to enter to a port due to the hazardous nature of damaged ship. The group is now being positioned nearly 350 n.m. off the entrance to the English Channel and the ship is now expected to arrive a so-called sheltered zone in German territorial waters the week after next.
MSC Flaminia container ship experienced a fire and subsequent explosion on July 14, 2012 while enroute from Charleston, USA to Bremerhaven, Germany. The explosion left 1 seaman dead and 1 is still missing. A 3rd seaman remains in critical health condition and is treated in a specialty hospital for burn wounds. The crew members had forsaken the burning container ship and were saved by an oil tanker.
The Central Command for Marine Emergencies in German considers that the whole salvage action is going to take up to 2 months.