MSC Flaminia Crew Member Dies From Wounds Sustained in Blast

The MSC Flaminia on fire in the mid-Atlantic.

A crew member severely injured in an explosion on board the MSC Flaminia has passed away, the ship’s owner, Reederei NSB, has reported.

Reederei NSB says that the 41 year old crew member, who has been receiving treatment for his burn wounds at a hospital in Portugal, died on Sunday despite his seemingly improved condition. The man is now the third crew member killed in the explosion on the German-owned containership. The body of the second victim has not been recovered.

As gCaptain has reported, on July 14th the MSC Flaminia suffered an explosion and fire in one of its cargo holds during a passage from Charleston, South Carolina to Bremerhaven, Germany. One crew member died shortly after the initial blast and another went missing and is presumed to have been killed. Three others suffered injuries, including the latest victim. The crew had abandoned the burning vessel and was rescued by an oil tanker, the DS Crown, and another container vessel.

The MSC Flaminia was eventually towed to a port in Wilhelmshaven, Germany where an investigation is ongoing.