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MSC Flaminia: Owners Declare General Average


The Smit salvage group engaged on Lloyd’s Open Form terms to fight the fire and tow the 6,732–teu MSC Flaminia (built 2001) from the middle of the North Atlantic to a location 240 miles off the south west of the UK are also looking for security based on a percentage of the cargo value.

Contributions to general average will be assessed by Hamburg adjusters Schlimme & Partners who are working with Rogers Wilkin Ahern of London and Groninger Welke Janssen of Bremen.

Mediterranean Shipping Co, the long term charterer of the MSC Flaminia has told shippers that it “regrets any inconvenience” that the declaration of general average will cause.

The latest photograph of the MSC Flaminia managed by NSB Niederelbe but owned by a Conti Reederei KG scheme appear to show the ship and cargo in worse condition than previously.

But the fire is under control although smoke is still pouring from cargo hold seven immediately ahead of the accommodation.

A list that reached 11 degrees has been reduced to 2.5 degrees by pumping water from the cargo holds into the ballast tanks.

NSB Niederelbe is still trying to find a sheltered coastal area or port of refuge to continue the salvage operation but after two weeks has had no success.

The company’s chief executive, Helmut Ponath, has described it as “shocking” that no European country appears willing to provide a refuge for a German flag ship.

The Swedish Club leads the hull cover of the MSC Flaminia with a 25% share and is also the ship’s protection and indemnity insurer.

Source: Tradewinds

General average can be a nasty surprise to cargo owners, particularly if they have no cargo insurance. If you have any doubt about it, have a look at http://www.cargolaw.com/2008nightmare_msc_sabrina.html#GA — the contribution can exceed the value of the cargo one has on board.


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MARITIME AND INSURANCE: MSC Flaminia blaze probe underway

A damper has been put on theories that hazardous calcium hypochlorite – involved in many containership fires in the 1990s – could be responsible for a blaze that led to the MSC Flaminia being abandoned in the middle of the North Atlantic.

NSB Niederelbe is still checking through details of the cargo loaded on the 6,732-teu MSC Flaminia (built 2001) but says no calcium hypochlorite was on the manifest and no other obvious cause for the incident has yet been detected.

However hazardous cargoes are sometimes misdeclared so the possibility of a calcium hypochlorite related fire can not be entirely ruled out amongst the 2,876 containers on board on the voyage between Charleston and Antwerp.

Smit has signed a Lloyd’s Open Form “no cure no pay” salvage contract for the stricken vessel but it will be Tuesday evening before the chartered in 16,320hp firefighting tug Fairmount Expedition (built 2007) and a salvage master reaches the stricken containership.

An internal company investigation into the casualty is already underway and Germany, the flag state of the MSC Flaminia, will conduct an official accident investigation into the fire which has cost two lives and left three crewmen in hospital.

There is little current information on the extent of damage to the MSC Flaminia as overflights or satellite images of the vessel appear to have not taken place.

NSB Niederelbe has received preliminary information about the incident from the master and senior officers of the MSC Flaminia who are among the 18 crew and two passengers onboard the 311,000-dwt tanker DS Crown (built 1999) which is due to reach Falmouth in the UK on Wednesday evening.

Reports from the crew of the MSC Flaminia indicate that the incident began with a fire around hatch cover Number Four with the explosion following.

The fire was sufficiently serious for the master to order the ship to be abandoned although the MSC Flaminia was 1,000 miles from the nearest land.

The 16,500-hp ocean going tug Anglian Sovereign (built 2003)is currently being loaded with specialist firefighting gear at Inverness including a Cobra lance system that can pierce container walls and extinguish fires within boxes. But it will be Thursday or Friday before this tug reaches the last reported position of the MSC Flaminia.

The MSC Flaminia was on a voyage from Charleston to Antwerp at the time of the fire with a crew of five Germans, three Poles and 15 Filipinos.

The hull insurance of the MSC Flaminia is led by the Swedish Club which also provides protection and indemnity cover for the vessel.

With the hull of the MSC Flaminia insured for an estimated $40m and back of envelope calculations that about 2,900 containers of cargo might have a value of $90m the insurance market appears to be in for another sizeable loss.

Source: Tradewinds

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MARITIME: Fire on board cargo ship in Brazilian port


A fire in one of the hatches of the Antigua-flagged general ship Thorco Celebration mobilized emergency teams at the   Brazilian port of Sao Sebastiao.

The ship was reportedly loading parts of an energy plant when the fire broke out, at about 18h30 UTC. According to the head of the port management, Alfredo Bricks, the fire first set ablaze the wood casing of the parts and spun out of control of the crew, making it necessary to require assistance from the local fire department and from tugs with fire-fighting capabilities stationed at the Petrobras terminal in the vicnity of the accident.

No casualties or oil leaks were reported.

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Three missing in South Korean boat fire in the Ross Sea

Three crew members from a South Korean fishing boat are missing after their vessel caught fire in Antarctica, officials say.

The Jeong Woo 2 is still burning and appears to be sinking, the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand says.

Another 37 fishermen were rescued, but at least two of them are said to have serious burns.

The ship got into trouble in the Ross Sea, about 600km (375 miles) north of the US McMurdo Antarctic base.

Two other South Korean fishing vessels rushed to evacuate the crew members, after the 51-metre (167ft) Jeong Woo 2 issued a distress call early on Wednesday.

However, the three missing fishermen are believed to have died in the fire, the RCCNZ says.

It adds that a US research vessel – which has onboard medical facilities – is “steaming north” to help the injured, as the two rescue boats remain stuck due to ice and fog conditions.

The incident happened about 3,700km (2,000 [nautical] miles) south-east of New Zealand.

The Jeong Woo 2 was built in Japan and is registered in Busan, South Korea, according to the Associated Press News Agency.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16499390

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Fatal Explosion Risk Concerns For Shipping Containers At Sea

Contaminated refrigerant gas in cooling systems of reefer containers caused at least three accidents recently. As refrigerated cargo is increasingly containerized, this may become a growing threat.

Read more at http://www.handyshippingguide.com/shipping-news/fatal-explosion-risk-concerns-for-shipping-containers-at-sea_3230#.Tr24jkSGYPo.twitter

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MARITIME NEWS | 3 dead in Philippine ferry fire

Associated Press, 2011.08.21

MANILA, Philippines — An inter-island ferry with at least 75 people caught fire then sank amid stormy weather in the central Philippines on Sunday, leaving 3 people dead, one missing while the rest were rescued, officials said.

The steel-hulled M/V Island Fastcraft 1 was cruising toward Cebu province when it caught fire during a downpour, prompting several passengers to jump into the churning waters. Three of them drowned.

Henry Dungod said he, his wife and two young daughters were watching television with other passengers in a cabin when smoke suddenly wafted from below the ferry, sparking a panic. He and his wife grabbed life jackets and then jumped to the sea, each holding one daughter.

“It’s scary, especially when something like this happens and you’re with your family,” Dungod told The Associated Press by telephone, adding he and his loved ones were plucked from the waters by a passing ship after nearly an hour.

Most of the passengers were rescued by a passing ship, coast guard officer Fidel Hibaya said.

Coast guard chief Admiral Ramon Liwag said one passenger was reported missing.

It was not immediately clear what sparked the blaze, but there was a report of an electrical problem in the engine room before the fire. An investigation was under way, Liwag said.

The captain apparently ordered passengers and crew to abandon the ship when the fire began to spread, said Hibaya, commander of the coast guard detachment in Tubigon town in Bohol Province where the ferry originated.

The dead included the chief mate and two passengers, the coast guard said.

Liwag said his personnel alerted ships in the area to help in the rescue, preventing a larger number of casualties.

Sea accidents are common in the Philippine archipelago because of frequent storms, badly maintained boats and weak enforcement of safety regulations.

In December 1987, the ferry Dona Paz sank after colliding with a fuel tanker in the Philippines, killing more than 4,341 people in the world’s worst peacetime maritime disaster.

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MARITIME | Tugboat arrives at disabled Carnival Cruise ship

One tugboat has arrived, and another was en route Tuesday to help 4,400 people on a Carnival Cruise ship stranded off the coast of Mexico after an onboard fire Monday.

Once both tugs arrive to assist the Carnival Splendor, located about 200 miles south of San Diego, they will begin towing the ship to Ensenada, Mexico, said Carnival Cruise Lines spokesman Vance Gulliksen.

“There were efforts to repair the propulsion system in the ship’s engines, but they failed,” Juan Tintos, tourism secretary for Baja California, said Tuesday morning. “With the plan to ferry the ship to Ensenada, there are now three tug boats on site, and the fourth is expected to arrive shortly.”

Tintos said the tug boat crews wouldn’t begin their work until the current is right, so the cruise ship wouldn’t have to travel against the current.

“They are estimating that they should be arriving in Ensenada (Wednesday) evening,” he added. Guests will be returned to California via buses, the spokesman said.

Passengers who are Southern California residents would be taken to Long Beach, while the others would be taken to the airport of their choice for travel back home. Seventy to 80 buses are being prepared to transport passengers from Ensenada to the United States, and they would cross through the Otay Mesa port of entry.

The seven-day Mexican cruise began Sunday in Long Beach but was cut short Monday for the 3,299 passengers when a fire broke out about 6 a.m. in the aft engine room of the vessel, prompting the cruise line to terminate the ship’s itinerary.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, said Joyce Oliva, a Carnival Cruise Lines spokeswoman.

The fire was extinguished by the ship’s C02 system, Metcalf said. The system provides a blanket of heavy gas that absorbs heat from fire and reduces the oxygen content in the atmosphere to the point where combustion becomes impossible.

This tells how dangerous the fire was. From my experience, the carbon dioxide system is used only when the fire is out of control or when an explosion is imminent.

There were no injuries to passengers or the 1,167 crew members.

Three U.S. Coast Guard cutters, a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft and a 965-foot container vessel that was in the area initially responded to the distressed cruise ship. Also assisting was a Mexican Navy 140-foot patrol boat and aircraft. One of the cutters has since returned to San Diego, as has the plane, according to the Coast Guard.

The container ship that responded to the emergency is the “Dresden Express”.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Kevin Metcalf said no one boarded the ship because there was no pending danger.

At the Coast Guard’s request, the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan was diverted from training maneuvers to take a position south of the Carnival ship to help deliver needed supplies, the Navy said.

The Navy was flying 35 pallets of supplies from North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado to the Reagan Tuesday morning. Once aboard the carrier, a helicopter was to take the supplies to the cruise ship.

Carnival is buying the food to be taken to the ship, said Cmdr. Greg Hicks of the Navy’s Third Fleet in San Diego. Two Navy planes carrying bread, other basic food items and utensils went out early Tuesday. The next loads to go out will include frozen milk.

The engineers on the Carnival Splendor worked all day Monday to restore power to the ship but were unsuccessful, Oliva said.

Emergency generators provided lights, but the ship does not have working air conditioning, hot food service or telephones. For a time on Monday, the toilets couldn’t be flushed, but by the evening the ship’s engineers restored toilet service to all cabins and public bathrooms, as well as cold running water. The ship’s crew was continuing to try to restore other services.

Bottled water and cold food were being provided. Ordinarily, Internet service would be available but that is not operating as well, said Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz.

When the fire broke out, passengers were asked to move from their cabins to the ship’s upper open decks, Oliva said. They were later allowed to return to their cabins.

The cruise’s itinerary was to make stops in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. The ship began operating in July 2008.

The passengers will receive a full refund, reimbursement for transportation costs and a free future cruise, said Gerry Cahill, CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines.

“We know this has been an extremely trying situation for our guests and we sincerely thank them for their patience. Conditions on board the ship are very challenging and we sincerely apologize for the discomfort and inconvenience our guests are currently enduring,” Cahill said in a statement. “The safety of our passengers and crew is our top priority and we are working to get our guests home as quickly as possible.”

Source: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/nov/09/navy-carrier-helps-stranded-cruise-ship-san-diego/


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