The shipowner of a stricken Mediterranean Shipping Co.-operated vessel said Wednesday the ship has still yet to enter a safe port of harbor in Europe to allow salvors to begin trying to save the vessel.
The 6,732-TEU MSC Flaminia
was hit by an explosion
in one of its holds in the Atlantic Ocean on July 14, but has yet to be allowed into a European port, reportedly due to bureaucratic delays.
In the meantime, the German shipowner, Reederei NSB, has declared general average for the vessel.
“There is still no permission for MSC Flaminia
to enter a sheltered area or a subsequent emergency port,” the shipowner said in an update Wednesday. “Reederei NSB and the salvage company both remain in contact with all littoral states to acquire this permission.
"At the same time, MSC Flaminia
and its accompanying group of tugs have taken a position over 400 nautical miles west of the entrance of the English Channel to avoid bad weather and the expected swell. Since the coming days are projected to bring deteriorating weather conditions, the group has set a northwesterly course to an area where less swell is expected. A significant impairment of the stability of MSC Flaminia
due the expected wave height cannot be excluded and is observed apprehensively.” - Eric Johnson