MSC Flaminia is towed up English Channel

MSC Flaminia
Image caption One crewman was killed and one is missing presumed dead after the fire

A damaged chemical container ship held 20 miles off the Cornish coast is being towed to Germany, officials have said.

The fire-ravaged MSC Flaminia was inspected by a team of six salvage specialists and was safe to be towed by tugs, coastguards said.

The ship, owned by Reederei NSB, caught fire in the mid-Atlantic on 14 July.

One crew member died, another is missing presumed dead and another is being treated for serious burns.

The stricken 85,823-tonne vessel was laden with a cargo of 2,876 containers, 149 being classed as dangerous goods, said the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

A spokeswoman said: "While the MSC Flaminia suffered considerable damage environmental assessments have shown no pollution.

"An international independent inspection team, with representatives from the UK, France and Germany, went on board the vessel last Tuesday."

She added inspectors were "completely satisfied" the vessel is in a "safe and stable condition" to make the journey to Germany, which is expected to take five days.

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