A Panamanian-flagged car carrier has been evacuated after a loss of stability incident in the Bay of Biscay.
Spain’s search and rescue agency Salvamento Maritimo responded Tuesday afternoon (Jan 26) following a distress call from the roll-on/roll-off car carrier Modern Express located 148 miles off Cape Ortegal.
All 22 crew members of the ship were evacuated by two Spanish helicopters. Sixteen crew members have been brought to La Coruña airport in northwestern Spain. Another 6 crew were transferred to Celeiro in Portugal. All are in good condition.
The vessel was listing by about 40 degrees, with winds on scene reported to be Force 8 with heavy seas, according to Salvamento Maritimo.
The search and rescue was being coordinated by the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) in Falmouth in the United Kingdom, with help from National Coordination Centre (Madrid). The vessel is believed to have drifted into France’s search and rescue area.
The 10,454 dwt Modern Express was built in 2001 and is 164 meters long. The vessel was sailing from the country of Gabon to Le Havre, France.