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Boxship MSC Idil suffered an explosion late afternoon May 11 2012 approximately 60 nautical miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Explosion damaged hull in fuel tank and cargo hold area with resulting water ingress, vessel developed a list, but 25 crew has stabilized the situation and is controlling the ship’s stability using onboard water pumps to manage flooding. MSC Idil reported the explosion was most likely caused by welding that was taking place on board the vessel. The Idil also reported they have full control of their cargo and that they have not released any hazardous materials into the environment. The MSC Idil is reported to have 588,000 gallons of fuel oil and 62,000 gallons of diesel on board.
Coast Guard Wathstanders in Sector San Juan were notified of the emergency at approximately 3:42p.m. through Digital Selective Calling followed by Mayday VHF radio transmissions received from the ship.The Coast Guard launched an immediate response sending a 45-foot Response Boat Medium from San Juan and MH-65 helicopters from Boriquen to assess the situation. The responding Coast Guard Search and Rescue units determined no immediate threat was present and were replaced at night by the Coast Guard Cutter’s Matinicus and Sapelo, who remain on scene with the MSC Idil ready to provide rescue assistance while monitoring the situation. A commercial salvage team is being transported to the MSC Idil to completely assess the condition of the vessel and determine the best course of action to repair the damage. U.S. Coast Guard Photo taken at approximately 1145 LT May 12.
Boxship MSC Idil IMO 9036002, dwt 61153, capacity 4651 TEU, built 1992, flag Panama, manager MSC SHIP MANAGEMENT HK LTD. Crew Indian.