Summary : On the 14 July 2012, while enroute from Charleston to Antwerp, the container ship MSC FLAMINIA suffered an fire on board (in containers). Despite the efforts of the crew, an explosion occured, which caused a udge fire. The crew of NSB Niederelbe's 6,732-teu MSC Flaminia (built 2001) have abandoned ship with four of the 25 seafarers reported to have suffered injuries and one missing. A rescue team attend the vessel (SMIT SALVAGE). After many efforts, vessel was salvaged and attended the port of Wilhelmshaven (Germany). Many questions are still pending, particularely regarding the application of the EU Directive about "port refuge".
Vessel & Interveners
|1 - IMO NUMBER||9225615||2- NAME OF SHIP||MSC FLAMINIA|
|3 - Call Sign||DHZR||4 - MMSI||211378120|
|5 - Tonnage Brut||75590||7 - DWT||85823|
|8 - Type de navire||Container Ship||9 - Status of Ship||Casualty|
|9 - Flag||Germany||9- Year of build||2001|
|10 - Propriétaire déclaré||MSC FLAMINIA||10-1 Address||
Care of NSB Niederelbe
mbh & Co KG, Harburger
Strasse 47-51, 21614 Buxtehude
11 - Ship Manager
|NSB NIEDERELBE SHIFFAHRTSGES||
Harburger Strasse 47-51
12 - ISM Manager
|NSB NIEDERELBE SHIFFAHRTSGES||
12 -1 Address
Harburger Strasse 47-51
13 - Classification Society
14 - P&I
15- Hull Insurers
|Swedish Club (as leader)||
16 - Salvors
Location of the casualty
Buxtehude, September 11 2012
After successfully concluding the salvage of MSC FLAMINIA, SMIT Salvage handed over the vessel to Reederei NSB in Wilhelmshaven on Monday. Reederei NSB would like to express its acknowledgement and gratitude towards the salvage captains and their crews as well as towards the owners of the salvage tugboats FAIRMOUNT EXPEDITION (Fairmount Marine), ANGLIAN SOVEREIGN (L. P. Knight) und CARLO MAGNO (Augustea S.A.) for their professional work under the given circumstances.
The costs for the salvage of MSC FLAMINIA, the disposal of her cargo and the extinguishing water as well as for the ensuing repair of the vessel can currently not be estimated. They will, however, be defrayed by the insurances as part of the general average which has been declared.
After a further inspection by the Fact Finding Team of the GCCME on Monday, the surveyors of TUIS (Transport-Accident-Information- and Emergency-Response System) confirmed that MSC FLAMINIA does not present an imminent chemical danger.
On Tuesday, Police, state attorneys and BSU (Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation) will initiate their investigations onboard of MSC FLAMINIA. The search for the missing seafarer and preliminary investigations into the cause of the fire are the main priorities at this stage. Subsequently during this week, a team of experts for forensic investigations into causes of fires will inspect MSC FLAMINIA on behalf of Reederei NSB.
Reederei NSB currently awaits the approval of the authorities to start the unloading and cleanup of MSC FLAMINIA. The restoration of onboard systems and the superstructure will then also be initiated.
Buxtehude, September 09 2012
MSC FLAMINIA and its accompanying vessels have arrived safely today at 05.30 P.M. at Jade Weser Port in Wilhelmshaven. The arrival at the port was without any exceptional occurrences.
On Saturday, MSC FLAMINIA had reached its anchorage area off of Heligoland. There, the vessel was again inspected. During this inspection it was confirmed that a secure and hazard-free continuation of its voyage to Wilhelmshaven was possible. MSC FLAMINIA left the anchorage area around 08.30 A.M. towards Jade Weser Port.
The search for the still missing crewmember and the investigations into the cause of the fire will commence as soon as possible. These investigations will approximately last for one week. Afterwards, the unloading of the vessel can be started.
Buxtehude, September 07 2012
MSC FLAMINIA and its accompanying group of tugs will reach the anchoring area off Heligoland on Saturday. There, the Fact Finding Team of the German Central Commando for Maritime Emergencies will go onboard and conduct an additional inspection. Depending on the result of this inspection, the vessel will then go alongside the pier of Jade-Weser-Port in Wilhelmshaven on Sunday.
There, Reederei NSB and the GCCME will immediately commence the search for the missing seafarer. The investigation into the cause of the fire and any further assessment of the status of MSC FLAMINIA will take several days until the next steps can be initiated.
Buxtehude, September 05 2012
The passage of MSC FLAMINIA and its accompanying group of tugs through the English Channel continues. The vessel is expected to pass the border between French and Belgian territorial waters tonight. The transfer is proceeding without any exceptional events.
The pictures published together with this update were taken shortly before the commencement of the passage through the English Channel. They show MSC FLAMINIA with the towing gear connecting it to FAIRMOUNT EXPEDITION (Fairmount Marine). Additionally, it is apparent that there is no smoke generation.
The vessel is expected in German territorial waters this weekend.
Buxtehude, September 02 2012
MSC FLAMINIA and her accompanying tug boats have left her holding position 20 miles south of Lands End and is now being towed to German territorial waters. At 12.30 lt (UTC + 1 hr) tow connection had been handed over from CARLO MAGNO to FAIRMOUNT EXPEDITION. They will reach their first waypoint at 13.45 lt.
The passage of the English Channel is expected to take five days.
Buxtehude, September 01 2012
MSC FLAMINIA on Sunday on her way to German territorial waters
MSC FLAMINIA and her accompanying tug boats are expected to start passage of English Channel on Sunday. Passage will take approximately five days.
After all fires had been extinguished on board the MSC FLAMINIA by the salvage company Smit Salvage and after the stability and floatabilty as well as the solidity of the hull of MSC FLAMINIA had been confirmed once more by classification society GL Germanischer Lloyd, all involved coastal states of the English Channel (Great Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands) had granted permission for the passage on Friday respectively on Saturday. At the moment the firefighting tugs FAIRMOUNT EXPEDITION (Fairmount Marine), ANGLIAN SOVEREIGN (L. P. Knight) and CARLO MAGNO (Augustea S.A.) are being prepared for the passage, which is expected to start on Sunday.
On site represantatives of Reederei NSB in cooperation with the salvage company and the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies Germany (Havariekommando) have re-established the stearing gear and energy supply on board the MSC FLAMINIA. Superstructure of the vessel is intact and usable. Precautionary measures for a safe passage have been taken jointly. Engineers of managing owners NSB and the salvage company will be on board the MSC FLAMINIA during the passage of the English Channel in order to ensure a fire watch and the operational readiness of the fire extinguishing device of the vessel at any time.
In close cooperation of all involved parties the MSC FLAMINIA will be towed to German territorial waters considering all safety aspects and observing maximum possible preventive measures.
Buxtehude, August 31 2012
After evaluating the results of the team of experts, who had analyzed the condition of MSC FLAMINIA, the passage of the vessel through the English Channel is unobjectionable from a safety-related perspective. Currently, final permissions from some littoral states are still pending. These permissions are expected in the next few days.
Until these permissions are granted, the salvage company SMIT will take the necessary preparations to ensure a safe passage through the English Channel.
The result of the experts is further confirmed by a report from Germanischer Lloyd which is based on the most current data from August 30, 2012. According to this report, stability and firmness of MSC FLAMINIA are not compromised and it is safe to tow the vessel.
The situation onboard has further improved. Most recent measuring shows that temperatures in cargo hold 7 are at merely 60° Celsius. The salvage team members are not required to employ any specialized PPE while working onboard of MSC FLAMINIA.
The situation of the cargo and especially the dangerous goods is carefully analyzed and monitored by experts of the German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies and Reederei NSB. The prevention of harm to the population and the environment is the top priority during all further stages of the salvage.
Buxtehude, August 28 2012
After adverse weather conditions on Monday prevented the boarding the MSC FLAMINIA, two teams of experts were able to take this action today. One team consists of international experts while another has been sent by the German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies. The results of the inspection are expected in the coming days. After a positive result it is still planned to tow MSC FLAMINIA through the English Channel towards German waters. There, the ship will be anchoring before it is transferred to Jade-Weser-Port in Wilhelmshaven.
Like during the last weeks already, the contracted salvage experts of SMIT Salvage have again boarded the ship today, too. Since assuming responsibility for the salvage operation in mid-July, they have taken every opportunity to evaluate the situation on site and actively engage in firefighting and salvage operations. Their additional inspection revealed that the final container in cargo hold 3 with a hot spot was successfully extinguished by SMIT. The temperature within the cargo hold matches the ambient temperature. In cargo hold 7, ten containers were declared to be extinguished. Currently, higher temperatures are measured only in four more containers. Overall, significant progress has been made in the containment of the fire.
Buxtehude, August 24 2012
This afternoon, MSC FLAMINIA and its accompanying tug boats FAIRMOUNT EXPEDITION (Fairmount Marine) and ANGLIAN SOVEREIGN (L.P. Knight) have arrived on the southwestern coast of the UK. The planned safety inspection will be conducted as soon as weather conditions make possible a secure transfer of the experts onboard the vessel. So far, the transfer was not possible due to adverse weather.
Already on August 23, 2012, an oil monitoring airplane of the German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies has overflown MSC FLAMINIA. During this flyover it could be confirmed that no liquids are leaking out of the vessel.
The German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies and Reederei NSB continue to intensively work together to coordinate any further processes regarding MSC FLAMINIA's salvage. For any decision, reports and assessments of international firefighting and dangerous goods experts, specialists for maritime salvaging, engineers and ship builders are taken into consideration. Results of the fact-finding team with respect to stabillity of the vessel and hotspots in cargo holds 3 and 7 remain to be seen.
Buxtehude, August 23 2012
Condition of MSC FLAMINIA and dangerous goods onboard containerships
On Friday, respectively Saturday, a safety inspection by two teams of experts and an additional stability analysis conducted by Germanischer Lloyd, will assess the condition of MSC FLAMINIA. Based on the results of this inspection, a decision about the permission to pass the English Channel, one of the most frequented see lanes in the world, will be made.
Following the fire and subsequent explosion on July 14, 2012, MSC FLAMINIA is showing damages to her cargo holds. According to calculations of the GL so far, the condition of the ship is stable. The hull, superstructure, engine room as well as the stern section and the forecastle of MSC FLAMINIA are intact. No leakages can be detected and the ballast water tanks, into which parts of contaminated extinguishing water have been pumped, are not leaking. The cargo – including dangerous goods containers – is in a state which allows the passage through the English Channel and her transfer to coastal areas and eventually an emergency port. Such dangerous goods containers are transported regularly on containerships and off-loaded in ports. Radioactive materials are not onboard MSC FLAMINIA. At NSB, dangerous goods of classification no. 7 are excluded from the charter parties. Detailed stowage and loading plans have been presented to the salvage company and all involved authorities since the beginning of salvage measures in mid-July. The German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies, which is leading the salvage effort, also has access to these documents.
„Dangerous goods are carried on all modern containerships", Helmut Ponath, CEO of Reederei NSB explains. "Our ships carry up to 11.000 TEU and it is a normal that dangerous goods, for example chemicals for the German industry, are among them. Everyone should be aware of that."
With the expected local conditions in the English Channel and the North Sea MSC FLAMINIA is capable to be afloat. Given the numerous precautions taken by the experts of the German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies damages to the environment can be excluded. For the German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies and Reederei NSB, the protection of the environment is central to all further salvage efforts.
Buxtehude, August 23 2012
MSC FLAMINIA and its accompanying tug boats FAIRMOUNT EXPEDITION (Fairmount Marine) and ANGLIAN SOVEREIGN (L.P. Knight) is currently moving towards British territorial waters. On Friday, the group is expected 40 nm south of Land's End, the western tip of the UK. Once there, a team of experts consisting of dangerous goods specialists, chemists and salvage experts will conduct a safety inspection onboard the vessel. Together with experts from the UK, France and the Netherlands the condition of the vessel and its cargo will be reviewed to ensure a safe passage through the English Channel.
In consultation with the German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies, MSC FLAMINIA will be towed to deep water anchorage in the German Bight, approximately 12 nm west of Heligoland. After completion of all planned tasks there, the vessel will then be towed to the port of Wilhelmshaven.
Buxtehude, August 21 2012
MSC FLAMINIA will be towed to sheltered anchorage in the North Sea
Under the coordination of the German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies, MSC FLAMINIA will be towed to sheltered anchorage in German waters. Subsequently, the vessel will be transferred to a port. While anchoring, experts (firefighters, chemists and engineers) will determine which hazards might emanate from the vessel and its cargo. Only afterwards a decision to which port the vessel will be towed, can be made.
A first observation of vessel and cargo will be conducted by British, Dutch and French experts on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency once MSC FLAMINIA approaches the vicinity of the English Channel on the coming weekend.
"We are glad that after the assignment to the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies, the salvage of our MSC FLAMINIA is finally proceeding. To us this indicates that our company's philosophy is right and the German flag pays off", Helmut Ponath, CEO of Reederei NSB, said on a joint press conference in Bremerhaven.
MSC FLAMINIA and its accompanying group of tugs are currently located approximately 350 nautical miles off the entrance to the English Channel. MSC FLAMINIA is expected to reach a so-called sheltered area in German territorial waters in the week after the next. The German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies estimates that the complete salvage operation will take up to two months.
During the fire and subsequent explosion on July 14, 2012, which occurred during MSC FLAMINIA's passage from Charleston/USA to Bremerhaven (via Antwerp and Felixstowe), one seafarer had died and one is still missing. A third seafarer remains in critical condition and is treated in a specialty hospital for burn wounds. The crew had abandoned the burning vessel and was rescued by an oil tanker.
Buxtehude, August 20 2012
MSC FLAMINIA to enter German waters - Press conference on August 21, 2012
More than five weeks after the fire and the explosion onboard MSC FLAMINIA, a permission to enter German waters could be obtained in cooperation with the German Ministry of Transportation. This noon, the vessel has been assigned to the German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies in Cuxhaven for further coordination. (www.havariekommando.de)
Further details will be presented at a joint press conference of the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies and Reederei NSB. The press conference is scheduled for August 21, 2012, at 11.00 a.m., in Atlantic Hotel Sail City in Bremerhaven.
MSC FLAMINIA is currently situated approximately 450 nautical miles off the British coast. The vessel and its accompanying group of tugs are again approaching British territorial waters with the aim of a safety inspection upon arrival.
During the fire and subsequent explosion on July 14, 2012, which occurred during MSC FLAMINIA's passage from Charleston/USA to Bremerhaven, one seafarer had died and one is still missing. A third seafarer remains in critical condition and is treated in a specialty hospital for burn wounds. The crew had abandoned the burning vessel and was rescued by an oil tanker.
Press contact Reederei NSB
+49 (0)4161 – 64 51 12
Central Command for Maritime Emergencies
Dr. Ulrike Windhövel
+49 (0)4721 – 56 71 70
Atlantic Hotel Sail City
Am Strom 1
Buxtehude, August 15 2012
There is still no permission for MSC FLAMINIA to enter a sheltered area or a subsequent emergency port. Reederei NSB and the salvage company both remain in contact with all littoral states to acquire this permission.
At the same time, MSC FLAMINIA and its accompanying group of tugs have taken a position over 400 nautical miles west of the entrance of The English Channel to avoid bad weather and the expected swell. Since the coming days are projected to bring deteriorating weather conditions, the group has set a northwesterly course to an area where less swell is expected. Its speed is 4.5 knots.
A significant impairment of the stability of MSC FLAMINIA due the expected wave height cannot be excluded and is observed apprehensively.
In the meantime, Reederei NSB has declared general average for the vessel.
Buxtehude, August 14 2012
Due to the inconsistent weather conditions salvage operations onboard MSC FLAMINIA can not be conducted continuously at the moment. The position of MSC FLAMINIA remains unchanged and the vessel is listing at 2.5 degrees.
Negotiations regarding the permission to enter a sheltered coastal area or an emergency port are still without any result.
The image accompanying this statement, dated from the morning of August 13 2012, shows the damage to cargo holds 4, 5 and 6 as well as to the hull of MSC FLAMINIA. In addition, smoke emission in cargo hold 7 is discernable.
Buxtehude, August 13 2012
As weather conditions remained stable, firefighting experts onboard of MSC FLAMINIA continued to extinguish individual containers until yesterday evening. Currently, weather conditions worsened, forcing the suspension of the operations until the weather improves again.
During the past days the salvage team was able to stabilize the vessel by pumping water from the cargo holds into the ballast water tanks. By now, MSC FLAMINIA is listing by just 2.5 degrees. With this list, the vessel is stabilized to the extent that the entry into an emergency port is possible.
MSC FLAMINIA and its accompanying group of tugs are currently holding a waiting position approximately 240 nautical miles off the coast of the UK.
Despite ongoing talks with all involved authorities, a permission to enter a sheltered coastal area or an emergency port has not been granted yet.
Buxtehude, August 09 2012
The fire onboard MSC FLAMINIA remains under control. Individual hotspots still have to be fought. Thanks to stable weather conditions, salvage and firefighting operations can be continued. The vessel is listing by 10 degrees.
Since a permission to enter a coastal area is unfortunately still not granted, the position of MSC FLAMINIA remains unchanged. Without such a permission, which can only be given by European coastal states, the salvage of the vessel is not possible and the success of the operation is compromised. Helmut Ponath, CEO of Reederei NSB comments: "I consider it shocking that in this situation a ship under German flag does not receive a permission from the European countries to call at a port."
Currently, intense negotiations are conducted with all littoral states. NSB also remains in constant contact with German authorities in order to make use of all possibilities for continuing the salvage operation.
Buxtehude, August 06 2012
Thanks to improving weather conditions, a team of firefighting experts is able to board MSC FLAMINIA and continue the salvaging efforts today. Boarding had not been possible since July 30 2012. The current measures aim at inspecting areas which had not been accessible so far. Also, data is being collected to calculate and assess the stability of the vessel.
Smoke emission in cargo hold 7 has declined significantly. Temperatures in this area are also dropping again. Currently, no cooling by the accompanying tugboats is necessary. MSC FLAMINIA is still listing by approximately 10 degrees.
A decision to enter a sheltered coastal area has still not yet been made.
Buxtehude, August 03 2012
Situation on board the MSC FLAMINIA is unchanged. The team of firefighting experts has been unable to board the vessel since July 30th, 2012 due to bad weather conditions. A change of weather situation is predicted for Sunday this week.
A detailed statement regarding the condition of cargo hold 7 is only to be made when the salvage team can board the MSC FLAMINIA again. Temperatures are monitored continously in this area in order to carry on with boundary cooling. MSC FLAMINIA is still listing by approximately 10 degrees. Her waiting position is approximately 360 nautical miles off the British coast.
A decision to enter a sheltered coastal area has not yet been made but is expected in the coming days.
Buxtehude, July 31 2012
Since yesterday evening the team of firefighting experts is unable to go onboard MSC FLAMINIA due to bad weather conditions. In the coming days a further deterioration of the weather is predicted. Therefore, MSC FLAMINIA and the group of tugboats have pulled out of the 200 mile zone and maintain a position approximately 200 miles off the British coast.
According to the salvage team on site the fire in cargo holds 4, 5 and 6 has been extinguished. However, smoke is visible above cargo hold 7 and the temperatures in this area are rising. MSC FLAMINIA is still listing by 10 degrees.
A decision to enter a sheltered coastal area has not yet been made but is expected in the coming days.
Buxtehude, July 29 2012
MSC FLAMINIA and the accompanying group of tugboats have assumed a waiting position approximately 100 nautical miles off the British coast. While the team of firefighting experts is onboard MSC FLAMINIA, the vessel is not towed.
Today, a team of firefighting experts has again boarded MSC FLAMINIA. It is yet unsure when a one-by-one inspection of containers can commence. This inspection aims at eliminating any smoldering fires inside of containers. Firefighting and shipbuilding experts on site are among other things assessing the stability of the vessel.
Overall, the situation onboard MSC FLAMINIA continues to improve. According to firefighting experts, almost no smoke generation can be observed from cargo holds 4 and 5. Nevertheless, hotspots inside of individual containers should still be reckoned with.
A permission to enter a sheltered coastal area will be decided upon by authorities in the coming days.
Once the vessel has arrived at a so-called "sheltered area", a secure sea area close to the shore, further, more thorough investigations can be continued.
Buxtehude, July 26 2012
MSC FLAMINIA and its accompanying group of tugs is currently located 170 nautical miles off the coast of the UK and progresses at a speed of four knots. Due to damaged cargo and extinguishing water, the vessel is listing by 11 degrees.
After the prevailing fog of the last days lifted, a team of firefighting experts was able to board MSC FLAMINIA yesterday. However, a closer inspection of the cargo holds was not possible due to the ongoing generation of heat. The ship's own firefighting system was switched off.
Overall, the situation onboard MSC FLAMINIA has improved. The emission of smoke from cargo holds 4 and 5 has declined significantly. Nevertheless, hotspots inside of individual containers should still be reckoned with.
Today a team of firefighting experts will again go onboard MSC FLAMINIA. It is yet unsure when a one-by-one inspection of containers can commence. This inspection aims at eliminating any smouldering fires inside of containers.
A permission to enter a sheltered coastal area will be decided upon by British authorities in the coming days.
Buxtehude, July 24 2012
According to salvage experts on site, the fire onboard MSC FLAMINIA is under control since yesterday afternoon. The tugboat ANGLIAN SOVEREIGN is constantly monitoring temperatures onboard the vessel via a laser thermometer and is ready to resume cooling if necessary.
Due to thick fog the salvage team is currently unable to board MSC FLAMINIA. As soon as visibility improves, a salvage team will go onboard to check each container individually and extinguish any discovered fires. Only after this procedure MSC FLAMINIA will receive the permission to make a port call. It is currently not concluded which port the vessel will call next as this is still under review.
MSC FLAMINIA is still towed by FAIRMOUNT EXPEDITION, with ANGLIAN SOVEREIGN und CARLO MAGNO on standby. The group sails at a speed of 5kn towards Europe and is currently situated 320 nautical miles off the coast of the UK.
The vessel still lists by approximately 10 degrees due to damaged cargo and extinguishing water.
Buxtehude, July 23 2012
On Friday evening, firefighting tugboat FAIRMOUNT EXPEDITION (Fairmount Marine) has begun to tow MSC FLAMINIA toward Europe. Simultaneously, firefighting tugboat ANGLIAN SOVEREIGN (L.P. Knight) continues to cool the fire. The tugboat CARLO MAGNO (Augustea S.A.) accompanies the group on standby.
MSC FLAMINIA's own firefighting system is especially cooling the area in front of the superstructure.
Due to the extinguishing water and damaged cargo, MSC FLAMINIA is listing by 10 degrees.
Buxtehude, July 20 2012
As the firefighting operations at MSC FLAMINIA continue, the second firefighting tugboat ANGLIAN SOVEREIGN arrived this morning at the site of the incident. The third, CARLO MAGNO, is expected on site Saturday noon.
After the arrival of the second firefighting tugboat, a party of four salvage specialists has boarded MSC FLAMINIA. The team was able to reactivate the ship's own fire fighting system. It is now additionally supporting the firefighting operations of both tugboats.
Due to damaged cargo and extinguishing water the ship is listing by 8.5 degrees.
The extent of the damage onboard our MSC FLAMINIA is considerable. Cargo holds 4 - where the fire originated from -, 5 and 6 are demolished. According to salvage specialists cargo hold 7, which is located adjacent to the superstructure, is not on fire. The superstructure itself, the engine room as well as bow and stern – including the steering gear – are all not affected by the fire.
Buxtehude, July 19 2012 ( II )
Firefighting operations at the MSC FLAMINIA were resumed yesterday afternoon. Thanks to continuous cooling a further expansion of the fire could be prevented. It can be observed that superstructure, engine room, the stern section and the forecastle of the ship have all not been affected by the second explosion. According to the salvage captain the hull of the vessel is intact. Due to damaged cargo and extinguishing water a list of approximately 8-10 degrees has occurred. The second tugboat ANGLIAN SOVEREIGN is expected this evening. The third tugboat will reach the site of the incident on Saturday at noon. Salvage experts currently plan to board MSC FLAMINIA via the deployed emergency ladder and reactivate the firefighting systems. Experts estimate that the firefighting operations could take some weeks. Afterwards, MSC FLAMINIA is supposed to be towed to Europe for repairs.
Buxtehude, July 19 2012
18 crew and two passengers from the containership MSC FLAMINIA arrived safely at Falmouth/UK, onboard the oil tanker DS DRWON late yesterday evening. They were rescued after a fire had broken out onboard MSC FLAMINIA on July 14, 2012.
Crew and passengers were received by a team of Reederei NSB. They are unharmed and well given the circumstances. On completing all formalities and receiving aid and support during a rest period, they will spend the night at a hotel. They will begin repatriation, with the aim of rejoining their families as soon as possible.
Reederei NSB would like to thank the captain and crew of DS CROWN for the rescue and provision of aid to the crew and passengers of MSC FLAMINIA. During this dramatic rescue, they have shown extraordinary dedication and proven their excellent nautical skills.
Buxtehude, July 18 2012
The firefighting operations at MSC FLAMINIA, which had been started yesterday at 11.00 am lt, had to be aborted again during the last night, after a second explosion erupted in bay 47 of the vessel. To ensure the safety of the crew of the firefighting tugboat and of our second engineer onboard, the vessel had to assume a stand by position approximately one nautical mile off of the MSC FLAMINIA.
After the evaluation of the situation on site by our experts, the danger of continuing the firefighting operations was too high due to dangerous goods which are onboard.
A team of firefighting experts and the emergency team of NSB are checking the further proceedings. The tugboat is supposed to resume the firefighting operations soon.
The second firefighting tugboat ANGLIAN SOVEREIGN is expected to arrive on the site of the incident at midnight lt on July 19. In addition, a third tugboat was ordered to the site. Tugboat CARLO MAGNO is now on her way from Rotterdam to our MSC FLAMINIA. It is currently planned to hold MSC FLAMINIA's position with one tugboat while the two others proceed with the firefighting operations.
We will inform at this place as soon as new information becomes available.
Buxtehude, July 17 2012 (II)
The firefighting tugboat FAIRMOUNT EXPEDITION reached our MSC FLAMINIA today at 11.00 am. She arrived after our MS HANJIN OTTAWA had already reached the site of the incident in the early morning hours. Fire fighting operations were commenced immediately.
In addition to the fire fighting measures, HANJIN OTTAWA's second engineer was transferred to the tugboat. He will remain at the site to support the salvage team with his technical expertise and to accompany the ship's transport back to Europe. Our second engineer is tasked with reactivating the fire fighting systems on board MSC FLAMINIA to support the operations. With this action, the search for our still missing crewmember should resume as soon as possible. Meanwhile, HANJIN OTTAWA has continued her original voyage to the Suez Canal.
While continuing the fire fighting operations, the salvage captain is expected to give an initial assessment of the situation and condition of MSC FLAMINIA.
Referring to the pictures transmitted by HANJIN OTTAWA, the damage to the ship and its cargo cannot ultimately be estimated. It becomes clear, however, that neither superstructure, engine room, the stern section nor the forecastle of the ship are directly affected by the fire or the explosion.
Buxtehude, July 17, 2012
Thanks to the good medical care provided by Portuguese hospitals, we are relieved to report that our seafarers, which were injured during the incident onboard MSC FLAMINIA, are recovering well. Our heavily injured crewmember, who was transferred to a specialty hospital for burn wounds on Monday, made the transport well. The two crewmembers who are still being treated on the Azores will most probably be released at the end of this week to be repatriated.
On behalf of all employees, the management board of NSB would like to express again its condolences and its grief. "This tragedy onboard MSC FLAMINIA has deeply afflicted me. Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased and the missing sailor as well as with the recued and their families. We are in constant and close contact with the relatives of all our crewmembers and passengers", said Helmut Ponath, CEO of Reederei NSB.
The crewmembers that were rescued by DS CROWN are still on their way to Falmouth/UK. They are expected to arrive in the night between Wednesday and Thursday.
Our MS HANJIN OTTAWA has arrived on the site of the incident this morning. So far, the scale of the damage of MSC FLAMINIA could not be assessed due to the still prevalent darkness. MS HANJIN OTTAWA awaits the arrival of the tugboats FAIRMOUNT EXPEDITION and ANGLIAN SOVEREIGN and monitors the situation from a safe distance.
We will inform at this place as soon as new information becomes available. For further technical details about MSC FLAMINIA please scroll down.
Buxtehude, July 16, 2012
After the incident onboard MSC FLAMINIA on July 14, 2012, three injured seafarers were transferred to MSC STELLA and subsequently taken off by helicopter and flown to a hospital on the Azores. The latest report on their condition states that two are in stable condition and have been transferred to a general ward. The third man, however, has been transferred to a speciality hospital in mainland Portugal.
The remaining 18 crew members, together with two passengers, are onboard the oil tanker DS CROWN which is expected to arrive at the UK port of Falmouth during the evening of Wednesday, July 18. They will then be repatriated, to rejoin their families.
SMIT Salvage of Rotterdam, one of the world's leading marine salvors, is responding to the MSC FLAMINIA. Two large firefighting tugs have been despatched. The first, FAIRMOUNT EXPEDITION, will arrive in the area during the early evening of tomorrow, Tuesday, July 17. The second, ANGLIAN SOVEREIGN, will leave Inverness, Scotland, today (Monday, July 16) and is expected to arrive during late Thursday or early Friday. Additionally, a second ship of NSB's fleet has deviated to approach the site of the incident to support the salvage operations. Until the arrival of the salvage vessels, the cause of the incident and the condition of MSC FLAMINIA remains unresolved.
NSB is grateful for the efficient emergency response coordination provided by Falmouth Coastguard and the assistance provided by vessels which diverted to attend MSC FLAMINIA.
Further technical details about MSC FLAMINIA please scroll down.
Buxtehude, July 15, 2012
We regret to inform the public that one of our rescued seafarers of MSC FLAMINIA has passed away as a result of his wounds. A second seafarer is still missing.
Three injured crewmembers of MSC FLAMINIA were transferred already on July 14 to the vessel MSC STELLA which then proceeded to the Azores. An oncoming helicopter took over the injured personnel and flew them to a hospital on the Azores. One of the three injured persons remains in emergency care.
The remaining crewmembers are onboard the oil tanker DS CROWN and are on their way to Falmouth/UK.
An emergency team of Reederei NSB remains in close contact with the rescued crew as well as with their relatives.
Two fire-fighting tugboats are currently on their way to MSC FLAMINIA. At this moment, the cause of the fire is completely unresolved. NSB's emergency team is working together with all involved authorities to investigate the incident.
Currently, we do not have any new findings about the condition of the MSC FLAMINIA. An estimate of damages will only be possible after the arrival of the fire-fighting tugboats on scene on late Tuesday evening.
The priority of the emergency team of NSB at this moment is to care for best medical treatment for our injured crewmembers and for a safe return of the remaining personnel to their home countries.
Buxtehude, July 14, 2012
On July 14, 2012, a fire broke out onboard MSC Flaminia's cargo hatch no. 4. The ship was crossing the Atlantic Ocean on its way from America to Europe. While the crew was attempting to extinguish the fire, an explosion occurred.
The crew of MSC Flaminia is comprised of 23 men (five Germans, three Poles and 15 Philippine employees) and two passengers.
Nearby DS Crown was able to rescue 22 crew as well as the two passengers and has accommodated all persons.
One crew member is missing. Four crew members are injured, the rest of the crew as well as the passengers are unharmed.
Reederei NSB has immediately installed an emergency team and is in contact with the captain of DS Crown and MSC Flaminia, the UK Coast Guard, MRCC UK as well as Medico Cuxhaven.
MSC Stella, which is two hours apart, is on its way to the scene of the emergency. It will take over the injured seafarers.
We will share new information as soon as it is available at this place.
|1 - Hull & Machinery||
USD 40 millions (sound value)
|2 - Cargo||USD 50 millions (fort the 1000 damaged containers)|
|3 - Salvage||USD 0||4 - Costs||USD|
|1- LLMC 1976||DTS XX||2 -LLMC 1996||DTS XX|
|3 -CLC PROT 1992||DTS XXX||4 - CLC PROT 2000||DTS XXXX|
|5 - PAL 1974||DTS XXX||6 - PAL PROT 2000||DTS XXX|
|7 - BUNKER 2001||SANS OBJET|
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