Last Friday, February 15, 2013, a contract regulating the disposal of the extinguishing water which is still inside the MSC FLAMINIA, has been signed between REEDEREI NSB and the Danish disposal company Nordgroup a/s. According to this contract, the extinguishing water will be pumped out and transported onboard tankers to be disposed of in Denmark. German and Danish authorities have agreed to this procedure and have approved the necessary proceedings.
On the morning of February 20, 2013, the first tanker loaded with extinguishing water of MSC FLAMINIA has left Jade-Weser-Port for Denmark. Due to the great amount of extinguishing water multiple runs between the vessel’s current position in Jade-Weser-Port in Wilhelmshaven and the disposal facility are necessary. Currently, REEDEREI NSB estimates that the process of pumping out the remaining extinguishing water and of obtaining the authorities’ permission to leave Jade-Weser-Port will require two weeks. Subsequently, it is planned to transfer MSC FLAMINIA to a shipyard in Romania, where the repair of the vessel is already being prepared.