The freighter with Panamanian flag “Modern Express”, drifting for five days in the Bay of Biscay, moves uncontrollably at a speed of two knots and is now 109 kilometers from the Bay of Arcachn, on the western coast, according martima reported by the Prefecture of the Atlantic.
Current wind rfagas 80 kilometers per hour and floods up to 6 meters not allow you to send rescue team, who yesterday logr make a “technical survey” on board “Modern Express”.
After failed attempts paths to refloat the ship on Friday and saturday , the rescue forces expect tomorrow to open a “favorable meteorolgica ms window” for a new attempt to control that freighter of 164 meters.
Inside, the “Modern Express” transports 3,600 tons of wood and a dozen of Public works machinery, cargo could move causing the boat will heel.
the crew , evacuated
No tripulacin on board, no apparent leak, so Maritimo rescue experts believe it is feasible regain control of the ship.
A option being considered is to tow the ship to a land bank where you can straighten and dig after sand to remove it afloat.
The 22 members tripulacin were evacuated for five days in a helicopter from the Rescue Maritimo Spanish, which is involved in the rescue of embarcacin that Qued skewed north of Cape Ortegal, about 370 kilometers from the coast, and drifted to the Bay of Biscay.
The embarcacin, which had sailed from Gabon bound for Normandy port of Le Havre, has an inclination of about 50 degrees , which added to the adverse conditions meteorolgicas operations difficult.
In their tanks it is estimated that carried about 300 tons of fuel, so it is not susceptible of “generate a large oil slick” if a spill, according to the martima Prefecture, occurs with located in the Brittany town of Brest.
The rescue involving a merchant ship Primauguet a Lynx helicopter on board the tugboat “Abeille Bourbon”, chartered by the French Navy and equipped by the Dutch company SMIT Salvage The same trailer was in charge of the “Prestige” off the Galician coast in 2002.
That company has hired two Spaniards tugs , the “Ra de Vigo” and the “Centaurus” , completing the quota with Argonaute vessel also chartered by the French Navy and equipped with specialized means of combating pollution, detall Prefecture.