Fire stricken ship off Cornwall seeks German shelter
11:00am Wednesday 22nd August 2012 in In Port
More than five weeks after the fire and the explosion onboard MSC Flaminia, permission to enter German waters could be obtained in co-operation with the German Ministry of Transportation according to the owners Reederei NSB.
MSC Flaminia has been assigned to the German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies in Cuxhaven who will monitor the salvage operation.
The ship is currently situated approximately 450 nautical miles off the British coast. The vessel and its accompanying group of tugs are again approaching British territorial waters with the aim of a safety inspection upon arrival.
During the fire and subsequent explosion on July 14, which occurred during MSC Flaminia’s passage from Charleston/USA to Bremerhaven, one seafarer had died and one is still missing.
A third seafarer remains in critical condition and is being treated in a specialist hospital for burns. The remaining crew had abandoned the burning vessel and were rescued by the oil tanker DS Energy and landed at Falmouth.