Europe

Righting attempt planned for listing cargo ship

Updated 0846 GMT (1646 HKT) February 1, 2016
Share
01 france cargo ship01 france cargo ship
1 of 7
The Modern Express, a Panamanian-registered cargo ship, began listing last Tuesday. Ministry of Defense France
The ship's current position is 50 nautical miles (57 miles) from Arcachon, near Bordeaux, on France's Atlantic coast. Ministry of Defense France
All 22 crew members were airlifted to safety by Spanish rescue helicopters. Ministry of Defense France
The cargo does not present an environmental hazard, Vice-Admiral Emmanuel de Oliveira, of the Atlantic Maritime Prefecture, told reporters. Ministry of Defense France
Given prevailing currents, if Monday's rescue fails, the ship is expected to run aground on the Landes coast, in the southwest of France, some time between Monday and Tuesday night. Ministry of Defense France
It is hoped that the righting operation can take place once conditions are calmer. Previous efforts to right it have been unsuccessful. Ministry of Defense France
Several ships are standing by in attempt to right the ship. Ministry of Defense France