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Investigators struggle to explain Modern Express listing

Investigators are at a loss to explain how the Modern Express ran into such difficulties.

The crew from the Cido controlled car carrier were evacuated on February 2 as the ship listed 40 degrees in stormy conditions, with initial reports suggesting the listing was down to the cargo having shifted. The vessel then drifted perilously close to the French coast before a tow line was hooked on and the stricken ship taken to the port of Bilbao last week.

Initial investigations in Spain however have surprised many with reports showing the cargo was perfectly stowed.

The news will add fuel to the fire from insurers who have latterly been voicing concern at car carrier designs in the wake of a spate of accidents.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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