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Drifting RoRo vessel approaching the coast of France

Throughout the weekend, crews from Smit Salvage have been trying to take control of empty vessel Modern Express, which is severely heeled and could drift into the French coast on Monday night.

RoRo-skibet Modern Express fotograferet den 31. januar 2016, hvor det driver rundt ud for Frankrigs kyst. | Photo: Loic Bernadin/AP/POLFOTO

Poor weather conditions during the weekend made it impossible for rescue vessels to gain control of RoRo vessel Modern Express, which has no seafarers on board and is drifting around at a severe heel in the Key of Biscay headed toward the French Atlantic coast.

All 22 crew members from the 164 meter vessel were evacuated late on Friday by helicopters from the Spanish coast guard. The ship encountered difficulties and sent out distress signals last week when it suddenly lost engine power. The ship is loaded with 3,600 tons of wood as well as machines.

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