He always drift. And he approaches our shores, slowly but surely. The ferry Modern Express , long 164 meters, is this Friday at about 280 kilometers from La Rochelle, closely monitored by a frigate and a helicopter arrived on area to support the seagoing tug the Abeille Bourbon .
The operations are coordinated by the maritime prefecture in Brest. And the situation is not easy to manage
For the cargo ship filled with wood, very heavy, is heavily tilted to the side with a huge house.: 50 degrees. Atlantic swell and prints it to heavy oscillations. So, the evaluation team did not find the moment to embark solution to allow docking of steel cable of the trailer.
The ship is like lying on water, almost perpendicular, in recesses of 8 to 10 meters. How is it come to this? The ro-was apparently unbalanced by the unintended movement of its cargo of 3600 tons of wood and 350 tons of Hulls due to the roll.
The difficulty of depositing specialists on board, which is indispensable to organize mooring towing.
“As a climbing wall without taking”
“We have a large steel structure, such as a climbing wall without outlet. Raise the persons on board is very delicate because there is no point of attachment “ says Commander Louis-Xavier Renaut, spokesman for the maritime prefect.
The Modern Express was launched on January 26 an emergency call to 150 miles (280 km) to the northwest tip of Spain.
If the 22 crew members were safely airlifted, cargo threatens our shores. With on board, 350 tonnes of fuel. The authorities hope bénéficierce Friday a slightly better weather to slow its drift and then towed into port.
A clean-building was also sent on site “as a preventive measure “.