MSC Flaminia Reaches German Port

Mike Schuler
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September 10, 2012

MSC Flaminia awaiting inspections at an offshore anchorage on Saturday, Sept. 8. Image: REEDEREI NSB

The MSC Flaminia and accompanying vessels arrived safely at a port in Wilhelmshaven, Germany where it will finally undergo salvage operations nearly two months after being rocked by an explosion and fire in the Atlantic.

MSC Flaminia’s operator, Germany’s Reederei NSB, says that the vessel arrived at Jade Weser Port at approximately 5:30 pm local time after an uneventful trip through the English Channel. On Saturday, MSC Flaminia had reached an anchorage area off of Heligoland where it was inspected and cleared to enter port.

Reederei NSB added that the search for still missing crewmember commenced once in port and the investigations into the cause of the fire will get underway as soon as possible. The investigations are being led by German Central Commando for Maritime Emergencies and are supposed to last one week. Afterwards, the unloading of the vessel can be started.

As gCaptain has reported, the MSC Flaminia suffered a series of explosions in one of the vessels cargo holds starting on July 14 while in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.  Following extensive firefighting efforts, the vessel was towed to the British coast but was denied port access by nearly every possible EU country until Germany finally stepped up.

In related news, the MV Amsterdam Bridge, another German-owned boxship, caught fire off the coast of India over the weekend. Initial reports indicate that the fire started in a container carrying hazardous chemicals.


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