On the 14th of July 2012 a container ship MSC FLAMINIA operated by MSC was en route from Charleston in the USA to Antwerp in Belgium..
A cloud of smoke began emerging from Hold 4 which was noticed by the crew who promptly commenced fire fighting measures by releasing CO2 (Carbon Di-Oxide) to suppress it..
While the crew were working on extinguishing the blaze, an explosion occurred.. 3 crew members perished as a result of this incident and several others were injured..
The disaster that occurred on the MSC Flaminia is just one of several containership disasters that have happened in recent history, including containers lost at sea and disasters relating to hazardous goods..
US District Court for the Southern District of New York has named Louisiana-based Deltech (Shipper) and Stolt-Nielsen’s Stolt Tank Containers (Container Operator) as liable parties for explosion on MSC Flaminia..