Damaged ship finally gets a tow

A DAMAGED chemical container ship that was being held 20 miles off the Cornish coast is now being towed to Germany, officials said yesterday.

The fire-ravaged MSC Flaminia has left its holding position south of Land’s End and is now being towed to German territorial waters, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) confirmed. The departure of the ship followed approval from the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands for the vessel to travel through their waters.

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The journey is expected to take between four and five days, the MCA said.

The ship, owned by Reederei NSB, caught fire in the mid-
Atlantic on 14 July. One crew member died and another is “missing presumed dead”.