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MSC Flaminia - Casualty Report


Notice 8 - 01/10/2012

Dear Customers,

MSC is pleased to advise that Owners completed the logistical arrangements necessary for discharge last week and the same started on Friday 28th September.

Due to the ongoing difficulties, it is not possible to predict the discharge sequence. Instead lists will be published daily of the containers discharged that day, together with notice of the dates on which it is proposed that they will be inspected. The current proposal is that the containers landed on Friday will be inspected today.

Inspection procedures are being coordinated by SCUA, the surveyors acting for the vessels' owners in consultation with other interested surveyors, including those appointed by cargo insurers and Brookes Bell, the surveyors representing MSC. Those customers who have already provided their details to the Brookes Bell Flaminia dedicated e-mail address (below) should be advised by SCUA when any sound or damaged container containing their goods is discharged. Those customers who have notified their claims to their insurers are likely to be already represented by surveyors appointed by cargo insurers, who will be receiving copies of the landed container lists and dates of proposed inspections.

Those customers who have not notified insurers and/or made enquiries to the Brookes Bell Flaminia e-mail address, are requested to notify their interest (including MSC Bill of Lading number and container number) and any surveyor appointed by them as soon as possible to macke@scua-hamburg.de, copied to flaminia@brookesbell.com.

Yours faithfully,

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (Geneva)




Notice 7 - 05/09/2012

Dear Customers,

Germany, the Flag State of MSC FLAMINIA's owners has agreed to accept the vessel for survey, discharge of sound cargo etc. The vessel is being towed to Wilhelmshaven by her salvors, Smit and is currently expected to arrive on about Saturday 8th September.

It is understood that following her arrival, she will be subject to extensive survey in connection with investigations as to the cause of the casualty. Only when those surveys are complete will it be possible to commence the process of discharging the sound and damaged cargo remaining on board.

Once discharged to a safe area, it will be necessary for all sound and damaged cargo to be surveyed, and its condition and value agreed.

MSC local agents will contact our customers individually to provide them with practical guidance as to this next phase of the process.

Yours faithfully,

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (Geneva)




Notice 6 - 24/08/2012

Dear Customers,

This notice provides you with a further brief update regarding the MSC Flaminia.

The vessel is still under control of salvage Company, SMIT Salvage BV. Together with the Owners of the vessel, salvors have been in discussion with German authorities for permission to enter their territory. Apparently, these discussions had been in the right track as far as they obtained their green light.

However, SMIT and the Owner still need to negotiate with British and French authorities for permission to tug the vessel through their channel. We hope this discussion will come to a good end as soon as possible.

While we are waiting for their confirmation, you still can check the Owner’s website for further updates http://www.reederei-nsb.de.

MSC very much regrets any inconvenience caused to you. Our local Agents remain at your disposal to assist you throughout this process.

Yours faithfully,

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (Geneva)




Notice 5 - 09/08/2012

Dear Customers,

We refer to our previous notices concerning this matter and regret having to inform you that yesterday the shipowners have declared General Average.

Owners have appointed Messrs. SCHLIMME & PARTNER GMBH (Hamburg), in association with Messrs. ROGERS WILKIN AHERN LLP (London) as General Average Adjusters, who in turn have appointed Messrs. GRONINGER WELKE JANSSEN as their collecting agents.

Please find attached herewith the notice of General Average (.pdf) issued by SCHLIMME & PARTNER GMBH detailing the procedure to be followed by all cargo interests.

We urge you to follow the registration process on their Website as soon as possible and irrespective of the suspected condition of your cargo, in order to ensure that your rights in the General Average are preserved and that you are kept timely informed of developments.

MSC very much regret any inconveniences caused to you. Our local agents remain at your disposal to assist you throughout this process.

Yours faithfully,

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (Geneva)




Notice 4 - 06/08/2012

Dear Customers,

This notice provides a further brief update on the MSC Flaminia.

The vessel is still under the control of the salvor company, SMIT Salvage BV, who have successfully controlled the fire
On July 30th, they asked several European government authorities for permission to enter their territorial waters in order to shelter the vessel and continue their work. These discussions are still in progress. When they reach a port of refuge, Smit will then be able to assess the extent of damage to cargo.

In the meantime, while we wait for this situation to be resolved, we are still unable to advise on your individual cargo. We naturally regret the trouble this is causing and assure you that every effort is being made to resolve matters.

Please note that we will post all further updates on the new section of our Public Website www.mscgva.ch. However, we will of course contact you directly as soon as we have any specific information relating to your own cargo.

Yours faithfully,

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (Geneva)




Notice 3 - 25/07/2012

Dear Customers,

This notice provides a further brief update on the MSC Flaminia.

On Friday 20th July, the salvage team boarded the vessel to make assessment and to start up bilge/ballast pumps to remove water from the holds. Engine room and accommodation are intact, with no apparent heat on the engine room bulkhead. MSC Flaminia is now listing by 10 degrees.
On the same day, the fire-fighting tugboat Fairmount Expedition began to tow MSC Flaminia toward Europe. The vessel is now in UK territorial waters.

The fire onboard the MSC Flaminia has been under control since 23th July. The three tugboats with fire-fighting ability are now taking over the cooling.

The extent of damage to the cargo is still not known, and it is most likely that such an assessment can only be made once the vessel has reached a port of refuge. We are sorry, therefore, that we are still unable to discuss your individual cargo.

Please note that we will post all further updates on the new section of our Public Website www.mscgva.ch. However, we will of course contact you directly as soon as we have any specific information relating to your own cargo.

Yours faithfully,

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (Geneva)




Notice 2 - 19/07/2012

Dear Customers,

This notice provides a brief update on the MSC Flaminia.

A second salvage tug is expected to arrive on site on the 20th; a third tug is on its way and will arrive as soon as possible. There was reportedly another small explosion in the vicinity of Bay 47 on the afternoon of the 17th, which we understand was relatively minor. The heat /fire in No. 4 Hold appears to be less intense with the flames on-deck reduced overall.

The extent of damage to the cargo is still not known, and it is most likely that such an assessment can only be made once the vessel has reached a port of refuge. We are sorry, therefore, that we are still unable to discuss your individual cargo.

Please note that we will post all further updates on our Public Website www.mscgva.ch. However, we will of course contact you directly as soon as we have any specific information relating to your own cargo.

Yours faithfully,

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (Geneva)




Notice 1 - 16/07/2012

Dear Customers,

This is to inform you that on Saturday July 14th, the vessel MSC FLAMINIA, on time charter to MSC and in transit from Charleston to Antwerp, suffered a fire and explosion in cargo hold number 4.

Out of 25 crew members, there is unfortunately 1 ascertained fatality plus 1 missing crew member, 3 injured while the remaining 20 crew members are fine.
We deviated our vessel MSC STELLA to rescue the 3 injured crew members and transport them to Azores Island for medical treatment. They have already been disembarked and are now in the hospital.
The rest of the crew abandoned the ship and was rescued by another vessel.

The MSC FLAMINIA is still on fire and the owner of the vessel have arranged to send a fire fighting tug on site in order stop the fire and rescue the vessel.

Obviously at this stage we are unable to confirm whether or not your cargo is affected and have no information regarding the further routing of the vessel.

As soon as more news is available, we will inform you accordingly.

We deeply regret this situation and thank you beforehand for your understanding.

Yours faithfully,

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (Geneva)



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