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.

Already a subscriber? Log in.

Read the whole article

Get access for 14 days for free.
No credit card is needed, and you will not be automatically signed up for a paid subscription after the free trial.

  • Access all locked articles
  • Receive our daily newsletters
  • Access our app
An error has occured. Please try again later.

Get full access for you and your coworkers.

Start a free company trial today

More from ShippingWatch

Further reading

Related articles

Latest news

See all jobs