MSC Monterey in trouble in North Atlantic with presumably, cracks in hull
MSC Monterey issued distress signal around 1130 LT Dec 29 13 from position southeast of Newfoundland, reported Canadian media. 4 passengers were evacuated from the vessel by helicopters. Vessel was en route from Antwerp, Belgium, to Newark, New Jersey. Crew remained on board. Vessel reached Newfoundland and anchored off Trepassey Harbour, southernmost tip of the island. As of 0400 UTC vessel was in the same position with CCGS Teleost standing by. Media didn’t detalize the character of the mishap, mentioning only that the vessel was having issues with its hull. It may be assumed then, that the vessel got crack or cracks in the hull. Vessel is managed by German NSB company, which is running ill-fated MSC Flaminia boxship – see http://www.odin.tc/2012/mscflaminiaen.asp
It’s still unknown how serious situation is, but passengers are not evacuated all that easily, so it may be a MOL Comfort replica case, or near miss.