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August 21: MSC Flaminia and tugs are heading for Germany, said NSB in its’ latest press-release. Vessels are moving in NE direction at a speed of some 5 plus knots, see the map. On August 21 there will be a joint press conference of the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies and Reederei NSB. Most probably the leg the convoy is on now will be the last one in this unique salvage operation. It’s too early yet for a final analysis, and who knows, maybe the carrier or the authorities will inform the public about the true character of some cargo on board, or maybe there will be some leak of information. NSB said in its latest press-release that MSC Flaminia was en route from Charleston/USA to Bremerhaven, when the fire broke out, but it was understood that the vessel was to arrive to Antwerpen on July 17.
Latest MSC Flaminia news from NSB Niederelbe website:
Buxtehude, August 20 2012
MSC FLAMINIA to enter German waters - Press conference on August 21, 2012
More than five weeks after the fire and the explosion onboard MSC FLAMINIA, a permission to enter German waters could be obtained in cooperation with the German Ministry of Transportation. This noon, the vessel has been assigned to the German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies in Cuxhaven for further coordination. (www.havariekommando.de)
Further details will be presented at a joint press conference of the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies and Reederei NSB. The press conference is scheduled for August 21, 2012, at 11.00 a.m., in Atlantic Hotel Sail City in Bremerhaven. MSC FLAMINIA 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, 2012, 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 treated in a specialty hospital for burn wounds.
Full story with chronology, photos and maps at http://www.odin.tc/2012/mscflaminiaen.asp