MSC FLAMINIA 14th July 2012 – 0804 UTC
Today, this morning ten years ago, cargo hold 4 on our MSC FLAMINA (today CMA CGM SAN FRANCISCO) exploded in the Atlantic north of the Azores.
We would like to use this opportunity to remember our deceased three crew members and their families.
Together, we at NSB are taking a moment of remembrance today.
Many colleagues who were on board this Saturday morning in 2012 are still haunted by the demons even though the physical injuries are being healed.
The still ongoing legal proceedings and continuous witness statements over the years for which part of the crew were forced to attend are certainly also one aspect of a delayed healing process.
In this context we will not forget the many colleagues in Buxtehude who assisted our crew and the legal case with unwavering dedication.
The circumstances that led to the explosion and the aftermath fire were a tragic combination of shoreside and extern failures of which our crew was not informed.
Especially today it is important to us to underline again that our crew bears no guilt whatsoever but acted professional and bravely during the entire cause of the firefighting and abandon ship manoeuvre.
Apart from that we wish for the years to come that we can conquer successful the remaining, sometimes stony legal court proceedings, which are still ongoing in New York, New Orleans, London, and Munich as we did quite well in the past.