Coast Guard continues to monitor salvage efforts of 900-foot container ship MSC Idil

7th Coast Guard District NewsSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard continues to closely monitor salvage efforts Monday to assess and repair the container-ship MSC Idil, approximately 70 nautical miles north of Puerto Rico.

The Coast Guard Cutter Key Largo is on scene with the MSC Idil ready to provide any needed rescue assistance, while monitoring the situation to ensure the safety of the crew and the environment.

The crew of the MSC Idil continues to maintain the situation stabilized and is controlling the ship’s stability using onboard water pumps to manage flooding.

The vessel owner, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), has hired commercial salvage company DonJon-Smit to conduct a salvage assessment of the vessel and effect repairs. Representatives from DonJon-Smit have been on board the vessel since Saturday afternoon to conduct their assessment. Work will continue until a viable course of action to conduct temporary repairs is determined and effected.

The 900-foot container ship suffered an explosion onboard late Friday afternoon, approximately 60 nautical miles north of Puerto Rico, during its transit to Barcelona, Spain.

The MSC Idil reported the explosion was most likely caused by welding that was taking place on board the vessel. The Idil also reported they have full control of their cargo and that they have not released any hazardous materials into the environment but are taking actions to mitigate any potential release. The MSC Idil is reported to have 588,000 gallons of fuel oil and 62,000 gallons of diesel on board.

Coast Guard Cutter Key Largo, a 110-foot patrol boat is homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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