Photo courtesy French Navy

Three Injured in Engine Room Explosion on MSC Containership

Mike Schuler
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June 21, 2022

Three crew members sustained injuries from an explosion in the engine room of an MSC containership in the western Mediterranean Sea off the coast of France on Tuesday. Two of the injuries are serious.

The incident was reported at around 9 a.m. on board the MSC Rachele, sailing from Napoli, Italy to the Port of Fos-sur-mer in France.

The ship was located approximately 20 nautical miles south of Cape Cépet at the time of the incident.

AIS track of the MSC Rachele courtesy MarineTraffic.com

AIS ship tracking data from MarineTraffic.com shows MSC Rachele as being ‘Not Under Command” as of 1:30 p.m. eastern (17:30 UTC).

The three victims were medevaced by a French Navy helicopter for medical treatment.

The fire on board the MSC Rachele seems to be under control and there is no continued threat to the environment or safety.

Weather at the time of the incident was reported as sea state 3 and winds of 16 knots.

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