Last chance to save Modern Express from hitting French shores

Last chance to save Modern Express from hitting French shores

Salvors are hoping for a window in the weather for a last ditch effort to attach a tow line to the stricken Modern Express before it rams into the French coastline within the next 24 hours.

Crew were evacuated from the Cido car carrier last Tuesday as it listed 40 degrees in stormy conditions with its cargo of timber having shifted. Since then the vessel has drifted from Spanish to French territory and repeated efforts by SMIT Salvage to fix a tow line have been thwarted.

Authorities in southwest France are anticipating the ship will run aground overnight if no tow line is attached today.

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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