MSC Flaminia's eco rebirth

The NSB boxship MSC Flaminia is now a fully repaired and upgraded eco vessel two years after the serious fire and explosions that killed three crew.

The German owner said the 6,732-teu ship (built 2001) will leave the Daewoo shipyard in Mangalia, Romania, and call at La Spezia in Italy on 23 July.

After being docked at the yard since February 2014, the vessel will be phased back into service for MSC.

“The aim of the modifications to the original design was to reduce fuel consumption and to make the vessel more efficient and economic overall,” NSB said.

Repairers have installed a new bulbous bow and a new propeller.

Under ideal conditions, 12% of fuel can be saved due to these two modifications alone, it added.

Vice president Bozidar Petrovic said: “We also use MSC Flaminia to demonstrate which opportunities eco-design offers: namely that older ships can compete with the efficiency of modern vessels. Of course we offer this package and our know-how to other shipping companies as well.”

The middle sections of the vessel were completely exchanged, the electric installation was overhauled and major parts of the superstructure were renovated.

The vessel hit disaster during an Atlantic crossing in July 2012 when it caught fire and several explosions occurred.

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