Stricken Modern Express Successfully Taken in Tow by SMIT Salvage
On December 26th 2016, the Modern Express, a 164-meter-long Roll-on/Roll-off vessel lost stability in heavy weather and was drifting fast towards the French coast in the Bay of Biscay.
The Express issued a distress signal when she was 130 nm off Cape Ortegal, Galicia, in the British zone of SAR responsibility for the Bay of Biscay. Spanish Coast Guard assets rescued the 22-member crew of the listing vessel on Tuesday and brought them to safety.
The Panama-flagged, 10,000 dwt Modern Express was under way from Gabon to Le Havre with cargo of "3,600 tons of wood in bundles and a dozen pieces of heavy machinery" at the time that she began to list, French authorities said. As of Wednesday morning, she had drifted into French waters.
Earlier efforts to establish a tow were thwarted due to extreme weather conditions.
On Monday morning, a four-man team from SMIT Salvage successfully passed a tow line from the stricken ro/ro Modern Express to the tug Centaurus. As of Monday afternoon, the tow was under way, headed away from the French coastline and making for the Port of Bilbao.
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January 2, 2017, The Maritime Executive