The 164 meter long, 10454 dwt ro-ro car carrier Modern Express was successfully towed to Bilbao, Spain. The car carrier had been adrift since January 26 after it suffered a cargo shift while in the Bay of Biscay en route to Le Havre, France. The Dutch salvage company Smit was later able to connect a towline on February 1st while the car carrier was off the coast of Mimizan, France. The tugs slowly towed the listing Modern Express to Bilboa where it safely docked. Investigators will board the vessel to inspect the cargo decks .
The 164 meter long, 10454 dwt ro-ro car carrier Modern Express became disabled in the Bay of Biscay while en route to Le Havre, France. The Modern Express was loaded with a cargo of vehicles and 3,700 tons of wood from Owendo, Gabon when it suffered a cargo shift. The shift caused the car carrier to develop a heavy starboard list of 40 degrees. The crew requested assistance and a helicopter was dispatched by Spanish authorities. All 22 crew on board the car carrier was air lifted to safety. A tug arrived on scene and was monitoring the situation. Reports state the owners of the Modern Express have arranged to have a salvage firm to assess the risks and evaluate salvage options while the vessel remains far off the coast.
The 24 meter long fishing vessel Cintharth ran aground in the Bay of Biscay off Saint-Jean-de-Luz / Ciboure, France. The Cintharth had run aground near the entrance of the port sustaining hull damage. The vessel requested assistance and the 6 crew on board were airlifted by helicopter. One crewman was slightly injured and taken to a nearby clinic. On the following rising tide, the fishing vessel showed increased flooding. The pumps on board were unable to stop the flooding. The SNSM lifeboat and harbor tug stabilize the vessel. Salvage of the vessel was pospone until the 15,000 litres of fuel is pumped from its tanks. No reports of pollution released.