MODERN EXPRESS Update evening Jan 28
According to MRCC France update published in the evening Jan 28, MODERN EXPRESS is drifting in eastern direction at 1.3 knot speed, at 1700 UTC Jan 28 vessel was some 168 nm west of La Rochelle. Salvage tug Abeille Bourbon and French Navy frigate are at the site, SMIT salvage team is on board of Abeille Bourbon, awaiting safe conditions to border MODERN EXPRESS. SMIT hired two Spanish tugs for salvage. Vessel’s condition is stable.
Car carrier MODERN EXPRESS disabled with heavy list in Bay of Biscay, crew evacuated
Car carrier MODERN EXPRESS developed heavy list of some 40 degrees starboard in Bay of Biscay, and issued distress signal, as of 1700 UTC Jan 26 disabled vessel was adrift in vicinity 46 11N 008 02W, some 200 nm south-south-west of Brest, France. Vessel is in UK MRCC zone, rescue was a joint operation coordinated by MRCC UK, France and Spain. Spanish rescue helicopters airlifted to safety all 22 crew, no injures reported.
Vessel was en route from Owendo Gabon to Le Havre France, with cargo of wood and vehicles, apparently shift of cargo caused heavy list. Vessel is to be removed from area where she’s dangerous for shipping, before morning Jan 28.
Photos from Salvamento Maritimo Spain.