The owner of the fire-damaged container ship MSC Flaminia has complained about European nations’ refusal to allow the fire-damaged ship to be towed to a port.
“I consider it shocking that in this situation a ship under German flag does not receive a permission from the European countries to call at a port,” said Helmut Ponath, CEO of Reederei NSB.
The ship remains about 360 nautical miles off the British coast while firefighters battle hot spots from the fire that broke out July 14 and forced the crew to abandon ship while en route from Charleston to Antwerp. Two crewmembers died, and three were injured in the fire.
The fire, which badly damaged three cargo holds and their containers, remains under control, but the ship is listing at about 10 degrees, Reederei NSB said. Weather conditions have been favorable after delaying operations for much of last week.
The company said that without permission to bring the ship into port, “the salvage of the vessel is not possible, and the success of the operation is compromised.”
Reederei NSB said it is in “intense negotiations … with all littoral states” and “remains in constant contact with German authorities in order to make use of all possibilities for continuing the salvage operation.”
The MSC Flaminia has capacity of 6,732 20-foot-equivalent units.
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