German Container Ship Abandoned mid-Atlantic

Press Release
Monday, July 16, 2012
MSC Flaminia: Photo credit Wikipedia CCL

An explosion & then fire in a cargo hold caused the crew of 'MSC Flaminia' to abandon ship mid-way between UK & Canada

At 10:07 on Saturday 14, July 2012 Falmouth Coastguard received the relayed 'Mayday' broadcast from the German registered MSC Flaminia reporting that the crew had abandoned the vessel. 


Falmouth Coastguard broadcast an alert to all vessels in the area and the nearest vessel which could provide assistance was the oil tanker DS Crown which immediately changed course to intercept the MSC Flaminia. Six other merchant vessels also proceeded to the location to help with the search and rescue operation but were more than six hours from the location.

Rescue helicopters do not have the endurance required to attend an incident of this nature because the vessel was located approximately 1,000 miles from land mid way between the UK and Canada.

DS Crown arrived on scene to confirm that the MSC Flaminia was still burning and recovered 24 people from a lifeboat and a liferaft. Four crew had suffered injuries. The injured crew have been transferred to the vessel MSC Stella which will take them to the Azores. One crew member is missing.




The MSC Flaminia is a large container vessel of 75,590 gross tonnage and had 25 people on boardwith a crew that includes German, Polish and Filipino nationals. Weather conditions on scene were winds force 3-4 with a one metre swell.


Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter April 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Casualties

Disabled Fishing Vessel Towed to Maine

The 60-foot fishing boat Paulo Marc was towed by the crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Moray after the fishing vessel became disabled Wednesday about 90 miles east of Portland, Maine.

Fishing Crew Missing off Wales

The U.K. Coastguard is searching for the crew of a sunken fishing vessel near St David’s Head, Pembrokeshire.   The Coastguard said it received a 999 call from

Another Mission Needed to Recover El Faro’s VDR

The investigative team who located the El Faro’s voyage data recorder (VDR) has determined that another mission will be necessary in order to retrieve the device,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0853 sec (12 req/sec)