The 150 meter long, 10603 dwt reefer Baltic Performer became disabled off Penmarc’h, France. The Baltic Performer was headed for Dakar, Senegal with 6100 tons of vegetables from Vlissingen, Netherlands. While off France, the vessel was hit by strong winds and heavy swells with waves reaching 9 meters in height. In this difficult conditions, the vegetable cargo shifted resulting in the vessel developing of a 15 degree list to port.
Fearing the vessel may capsize or sink, the Baltic Performer requested assistance. Authorities dispatched a tug from Camaret to assist the reefer. Several hours later, the tug reached the Baltic Performer and escorted the reefer to shelter off Brest, France. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
On August 22, 2014, the 12 meter long fishing vessel Elluma collided with the 119 meter long, 8400 dwt cargo vessel Arklow Beach off Penmarch, France. The Arklow Beach suffered only minimal damage and continued on to Dunkirk. The Elluma sustained significant damage to its bow. The captain of the Elluma also sustained injuries requiring a medical evacuation. The Guilvinec SNSM lifeboat escorted the Elluma to Guilvinec where the vessel was later lifted out of the water. No details reported to the cause of the collision. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 220 dwt tug Courbet was headed for Lagos from Rotterdam with two vessels under tow, the 90 meter long Vestland and 109 meter long Atlantic Trader. The Courbet had radioed that it had problems with the two vessels. The Vestland and Atlantic Trader were not designed for ocean travel, but were designed as powered canal boats. When the trio were in the Bay of Biscay, they ran into stormy conditions. The Vestland was empty and riding badly in the storm. The Courbet changed course to meet with the salvage vessel Abeille Bourbon in an attempt to keep the Vestland afloat. However, the seas were too much and the Vestland broke-in-two off Penmarch, France. The bow section was taken under tow by the Courbet while the Abeille Bourbon secured the stern section. An hour later the stern section was unable to keep afloat, and sunk in 2000 meters of water. The bow section stayed afloat until the next night when it sank. The fate of the Atlantic Trader has not been reported, but it did not have an AIS, Automated Identification System, on board and will be difficult to track. Various reports state there was no pollution released, but one states there was 7 metric tons of fuel in its bunkers. Three men were reported to be on board the Vestland when it broke-in-two. The men were rescued by the Courbet. No reports of injuries.