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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

MSC Flaminia: Photo credit Wikipedia CCL

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

Photo credit Reederi NSB

'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

Earlier Photo MSC Flaminia: Credit  Reederei NSB

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.

Rolls-Royce Shares Jump as Commercial Marine Unit Sale Mulled

File Image: a Rolls-Royce water jet offering (CREDIT: Rolls-Royce)

Britain's Rolls-Royce said on Wednesday it was considering the sale of its commercial marine business, which has been hit by weak demand in offshore oil and gas markets, as part of a restructuring of the company into three core units. Shares in the company jumped after it said the loss-making unit could be sold. They were trading up 7.2 percent at 1330 GMT. The announcement came as part of a restructuring of the aero-engine maker into civil aerospace, defence and power systems units, with naval marine and nuclear submarines consolidated into defence and civil nuclear into power systems.

Fire-damaged MSC Flaminia Docks in Romania

MSC Flaminia: Photo courtesy of REEDEREI NSB

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.  

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.        

'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.

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.

Abandoned Container Ship 'MSC Flaminia' Salvage

Photo credit Reederi NSB

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

Photo credit Reederi NSB

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.

Latest News on MSC Flaminia's Homeward Tow

View of MSC Flaminia From Tug: Photo credit REEDEREI NSB

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.

Container Ship 'MSC Flaminia' Homeward Bound

Tugboat 'Fairmount Expedition: Photo credit Fairmount

'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.

62 Barges Break Free on Ohio River

More than five dozen barges have reportedly broken free due to ice and high water at two separate locations on the Ohio River. So far 59 of the 62 breakaway barges have been recovered, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, who said it is working alongside the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and industry partners in response to the incidents near Pittsburgh, Pa., and Moundsville, W.Va. By Monday, 34 of the reported 35 breakaway barges from fleeting areas at mile maker 94 near Moundsville have been recovered and secured, while 25 of the 27 breakaway barges from Jack’s Run Fleeting area at mile marker 4 near Pittsburgh have been accounted for, and security video has shown seven of the barges went over Emsworth Lock & Dam.

BMF Delivers RTC 26 and RTC 27

Bollinger Marine Fabricators, L.L.C., (BMF) Amelia, La., a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. company, has delivered the RTC 26 and RTC 27, double hull, oil tank barges built to meet the requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA’90), to Reinauer Transportation Companies, L.L.C., Staten Island, N.Y. Following the delivery of the RTC 26 and RTC 27, Bollinger announced the signing of a sister ship, Bollinger hull number 543, scheduled for delivery in the 4th quarter of 2008. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

CNOOC Announces Discovery

achieved a new discovery, Luda (LD) 27-1, in Bohai Bay. Discovery well LD 27-1-1 is an independent wildcat spudded this July. well was drilled in 16 meters of water to a total depth of 2772 meters. 27-1-1 encountered 34 meters of oil pay in 7 pay zones. intervals 1170-1180, 1261-1267, 2691-2696 metres during drill stem tests. Mr. future. discovery. companies in the world.

Japan Ship Exports Up 69%

Ship export contracts concluded by Japanese shipyards in June rose 68.8 percent from a year earlier to about 1.36 million grt, or 27 vessels, the Japan Ship Exporters Association said. Of the 27, three were freighters, 10 were bulk carriers and 14 were oil tankers, the association said. The monthly data cover orders received by association members for steel vessels of at least 500 grt.

Hornbeck Offshore Announces 4Q Results

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. release will be issued before the market opens on Thursday, February 27, 2003. They will hold a conference call to discuss these results at 9:00 a.m. (Central Time) on Thursday, February 27. (706) 679-3206. The conference ID for all callers is 8374033. An archived version of the call will be available for replay beginning at 11:00 a.m. 2003. 642-1687 while the number for international callers is (706) 645-9291. ID for all callers is 8374033.

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