Stricken Container Ship to Shelter in German Waters
UK & France maritime safety authorities to send team of experts to inspect German-flagged 'MSC Flaminia' prior to English Channel transit. A fire and subsequent explosion on July 14, 2012, occurred during MSC FLAMINIA’s passage from Charleston/USA to Bremerhaven (via Antwerp and Felixstowe), one seafarer died and one is still missing. A third seafarer remains in critical condition and is being treated for burns. The crew abandoned the burning vessel and were rescued by another merchant ship. 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.
German Container Ship Abandoned mid-Atlantic
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.
Fairmount Marine Delivers MSC Flaminia
Fairmount Marine’s ocean going salvage tug Fairmount Expedition, accompanied by tugs Anglian Sovereign and Carlo Magno, have safely delivered container vessel MSC Flaminia in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, after a hair-raising adventure lasting seven weeks. abandoned by her crew at the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. disabled vessel to render assistance. severe risk of explosions. from UK’s J.P. carrying additional salvage experts. the fire. permission to enter a Western European port. Expedition and MSC Flaminia through the English Channel. headed for Wilhelmshaven, Germany.
Fire-fighting Experts Reboard 'MSC Flaminia' After Storm
'MSC Flaminia', fire still smouldering in No. 7 hold, boarded again after foul weather in UK Western Approaches. 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.
Container Ship Casualty Still All at Sea, 'General Average' Declared
There is still no permission for MSC FLAMINIA to enter a sheltered area or a subsequent emergency port says the ship manager's update. 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.
Derelict MSC Flaminia Latest News
Vessel has been towed closer to the UK coast, but adverse weather prevents boarding of safety experts. 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 [regarding pernission to pass through the English Channel & other European waters en route towards Wilhelmshaven, Germany] will be conducted as soon as weather conditions make possible a secure transfer of the experts onboard the vessel.
Fire-damaged MSC Flaminia Docks in Romania
After six weeks of waiting at Constanza/Romania, MSC FLAMINIA has put into the port of Constanza; cause of fire still not ascertained. MV MSC Flaminia caught fire on 14 July 2012, claiming three lives (two confirmed dead and one missing) and forcing the crew to abandon ship in the middle of the Atlantic. After the fire had been brought under control, the stricken container ship was towed to Germany and in March 2013, she departed Wilhelmshaven for Mangalia, Romania for repairs.
Smouldering Containership Closing the UK Coast
'MSC Flamlinia' under tow, listing 11 degrees, heads for UK coastal water at 4 knots. 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.
Latest on MSC Flaminia Salvage
The casualty is under tow towards British territorial waters & permission to enter, thence transit towards German port of Wilhelmshaven. MSC FLAMINIA and its accompanying tug boats FAIRMOUNT EXPEDITION (Fairmount Marine) and ANGLIAN SOVEREIGN (L.P. Knight) are bound for a position 40 nm south of the western-most point of the UK, Land's End. On arrival at that position 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 its condition and its cargo will be reviewed to ensure a safe passage through the English Channel.
Tow Completed 'MSC Flaminia' Anchored
'MSC Flaminia' & accompanying vessels safely reach Jade Weser Port in Germany. MSC FLAMINIA and its accompanying vessels have arrived safely at Jade Weser Port in Wilhelmshaven. The arrival at the port was without any exceptional occurrences. Earlier the fire-stricken container ship had anchored off Heligoland for a further safety inspection, which confirmed that a secure and hazard-free continuation of its voyage to Wilhelmshaven was possible. 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 and after that the unloading of the vessel can be started.
Casualty 'MSC Flaminia' Takes Up Waiting Position
A team of firefighting experts has again boarded MSC FLAMINIA. It is as 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.
Container Ship Casualty 'MSC Flaminia' Towed Further off Coast
Bad weather, a still smouldering hold, cause the tow to pull back out of the 200-mile zone. The team of firefighting experts is unable to go onboard MSC FLAMINIA due to bad weather conditions, and 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. The stricken container ship is still listing by 10 degrees. A decision to enter a sheltered coastal area has not yet been made but is expected in soon.
Abandoned Container Ship 'MSC Flaminia' Salvage
Three tugboats with fire-fighting ability are on the scene. After the arrival of the second firefighting tugboat, Anglian Sovereign, a party of four salvage specialists boarded MSC Flaminia, and were able to reactivate the ship's own firefighting system, which is now operating in support of the fire-fighting tugs' efforts. Due to damaged cargo and extinguishing water the ship is listing by 8.5 degrees. The extent of the damage onboard MSC Flaminia is considerable. Cargo holds 4, where the fire originated from, as well as holds 5 and 6 are demolished.
Latest on MSC Flaminia Salvage
The owners inform that firefighting tugboat Fairmount Expedition owned by Fairmount Marine has begun to tow MSC Flaminia towards 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. The container ship'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.
'MSC Flaminia' Fire Under Control
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 will permission to make a port call be obtained. It is currently unsure which port the vessel will call at first. 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 on 25, July 2012 was situated 320 nautical miles off the coast of the UK.
Container Ship 'MSC Flaminia' Homeward Bound
'MSC Flaminia' has left its holding position 20 miles south of Lands End and is now being towed towards German territorial waters. The tow has been handed over from tugboat Carlo Magno to Fairmount Expedition. The departure of the ship follows approval from the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands for the vessel to travel through their waters. The journey to German territorial waters is expected to take between four and five days.
Latest News on MSC Flaminia's Homeward Tow
The fire-damaged container ship is passing through the English Channel, then shortly to cross between French & Belgian territorial waters. The ship managers REEDEREI NSB report that the transfer is proceeding without any exceptional events. The picture shown together with this update was taken shortly before the commencement of the passage through the English Channel. It shows MSC FLAMINIA with the towing gear connecting it to tugboat FAIRMOUNT EXPEDITION. The vessel is expected in German home waters this weekend.
Fairmount Alpine Towed Drifting MV Elbcarrier into Safety
Fairmount Marine’s tug Fairmount Alpine has towed MV Elbcarrier safely into a Guatemalan port after the vessel was drifting off the South-East Mexican isle Cozumel. The container vessel Elbcarrier got into troubles after motor failure. Fairmount Alpine was mobilized from the port of Kingston, Jamaica. The tug arrived at the location of the Elbcarrier within 36 hours and was able to connect in short time. Fairmount Alpine towed the Elbcarrier to Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala. The voyage of just 321 nautical miles took only two days, with an average speed of 6.4 knots. The Elbcarrier is a 139.6 meters long German owned container vessel flying the flag of Antigua & Barbuda and build in 2007.
IUMI: Containership Fires Need Study
Two recent onboard containership fires have fueled concerns from IUMI (International Union of Marine Insurance) over the challenges involved with managing these incidents at sea. "At sea, below-deck fires cannot be fought with water and so CO₂ is used instead to displace the oxygen and extinguish the fire," said Uwe-Peter Schieder, Vice Chairman of IUMI’s Loss Prevention Committee. "However, if the fire is burning within a container, the box will protect it from the CO₂ and so this method of fire-fighting is rarely successful.
A Call for Vessel Refuge Guidelines
Shipowners, Salvors and Insurers – through their respective trade associations – have jointly called for the prompt and proper implementation of international measures to provide a Place of Refuge for stricken vessels, following a series of incidents where casualty vessels have been delayed in accessing a safe harbor. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) said that it has noted “with dismay” the refusal by some coastal States to make places of refuge available, thereby risking lives and the environment even after the high profile cases of the Stolt Valor and the MSC Flaminia in 2012.
TT Club Reports Positive Trading Performance
Specialist liability insurer for the international transport and logistics industry TT Club said it had another good performance for the year ended December 31, 2012, with further increased gross written premiums, and the club now maintains its A- (Excellent) rating for the past eight years. In a statement, U.S. rating agency A M Best reaffirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit ratings of “a-” of Through Transport Mutual Insurance Association Limited (TTB) (Bermuda) and its subsidiary…
Fairmount Pair Tows Rig Noble Max Smith to Brazil
Super tugs Fairmount Sherpa and Fairmount Expedition have towed the drilling rig Noble Max Smith from the Gulf to Brazil. Both tugs hooked-up in Pascagoula Mississippi, USA. For this job the Fairmount Sherpa and the Fairmount Expedition were mobilized to the departure location from there previous projects. Fairmount Sherpa had just delivered the rig Atwood Condor in Trinidad after a speedy crossing of the Atlantic and the turbulent waters around the Cape of Good Hope and Fairmount Expedition was successfully involved in the salvage of the ill fated container vessel MSC Flaminia.
Aker Yards and MSC Signed Cruise Ship Contract
Aker Yards has signed a contract with MSC Cruises to build a 4th MSC Musica Class Cruise ship. The MSC Magnifica will be built at Aker Yards, Saint-Nazaire and delivered in 2010. The value of the contract is approximately $546.8m (EUR 410 million.) The contract is subject to financing. Like its three predecessors (MSC Musica, MSC Orchestra and MSC Poesia, this 89,600 GT cruise ship is 294 metres long and just over 32 metres wide, and complies with the Panama Canal Standard. MSC Magnifica will carry up to 4,000 people on board (including crew) and have 1275 passenger cabins, 80% of which being outside. Aker Yards is presently completing the construction of MSC Orchestra, which will be delivered in May.