spain Modern Express Rescue

Bay of Biscay


26-jan-16





Modern Express Rescue

On January 2016, the Modern Express, a Panamanian-flag Roll-on/Roll-off vessel built in 2001 and 164 meters long operating for the South Korean Cido shipping company, was in route from Gabon to Le Havre in France loaded with wood logs.

On January 26th when was in the Bay of Biscay some 150 nautical miles off La Coruña (northwestern Spain) lost stability in heavy weather and issued a distress call as the ship was about to capsize. The 22 crew members were evacuated by Spanish and French helicopters. A team of dedicated salvage experts from SMIT Salvage was on the scene within 24 hours and was able to prevent an environmental disaster from taking place. The ship was towed to the Bilbao port and finally to Aliağa in Turkey to be dismantled.


Units

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DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
    FR Flottille 33F Aéronautique Navale NH90 NFH
    FR Flottille 34F Aéronautique Navale Lynx



Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation




Modern Express Ship rescue by helicopter


Modern Express Ship rescue by helicopter


Modern Express Ship rescue by helicopter


The Lynx helicopter from the Primauguet frigate dropped a team to evaluate the situation Modern Express Ship rescue by Lynx helicopter


Modern Express Ship rescue by Lynx helicopter


Other unit that participate in the rescue was the SASEMAR EC225 Modern Express Ship rescue by EC225 helicopter


Modern Express Ship rescue by Salvamento Maritimo









Ships

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ClassesShips
Destroyer  F70 ASW class   French Navy D644 Primauguet,







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