The stricken Modern Express car carrier is expected to enter Bilbao port today. The contents inside the listing Cido ship are now at the centre of another controversy.
Eight days ago the crew of the vessel were evacuated in rough seas as the cargo shifted resulting in a 40 degree listing. The ship then drifted towards the French coast with salvors only able to attach a tow line on Monday, averting a possible environmental disaster.
Since then a tug has taken the ship south to Bilbao. However, much further south another side story from the incident is emerging. The vessel was reportedly carrying timber from Gabon to Le Havre when it ran into difficulty. However, it now emerges logs were onboard, not timber as mentioned in the manifest. Logs are prohibited from export from the West African nation. Gabon’s Ministry of Economy has launched an investigation.