Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Explosion on MSC ship reportedly kills crewmember, one missing
There was an explosion on a containership chartered by Mediterranean Shipping Company, and owned by Germany's Reederei NSB, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean after the vessel had departed the Port of Charleston on July 8, according to news reports.
The 2,876-TEU Flamina was reportedly on its way to a port in Belgium when a fire broke out as the subsequent explosion critically injured a crewmember who died later from the burns, as another crewmember went missing, and the rest of the 22 crew and two passengers were rescued from a lifeboat and raft by an oil tanker that was first on scene.
The explosion occurred when the ship was almost 1,000 miles from England and out of range for rescue helicopters. The vessel was still burning as of Monday night. No cause of the incident has officially been reported.
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