Monday, September 17, 2012
Irish coast threatened by hazmat cargo
Containers filled with hazardous chemicals fell off a ship and are headed for the Southwest coast of Ireland, and might present a danger to vessels on the transatlantic shipping lanes located there.
The containers were the cargo of the German MSC Flaminia, which caught fire on Jul 14, triggering an explosion that forced the crew to abandon ship. One crewman is dead, one is missing and presumed dead, and 24 were rescued following the incident on the Atlantic.
The 85,823-ton vessel was transporting 2,876 containers, and 149 were classed as dangerous goods.
The Atlantic Towage & Marine Ltd-owned tugboat The Ocean has been contracted to recover the containers.
For more of the Irish Examiner story: irishexaminer.com
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