VIDEO: The Spectactular Salvage Operation to Save the Modern Express

In this video, SMIT Salvage tells the story of the amazing race to save the Modern Express, a 164-meter-long Roll-on/Roll-off vessel which earlier this year lost stability in heavy weather and was drifting dangerously fast towards the French coast in the Bay of Biscay.  To prevent the vessel from running aground, a team salvage experts from SMIT Salvage … [Read more...]

Ship Photo Of The Day – M/V Modern Express

The RORO Modern Express is reflected in water on the dock as it lists at a mooring in the port of Bilbao, in Zierbena, northern Spain, February 4, 2016. The 164-meter vessel, which was transporting 3,600 tonnes of wood along with construction machinery, was towed to the port after spending six days listing and adrift in the Bay of Biscay. Click HERE for gCaptain's full coverage … [Read more...]

In Pictures: The Amazing Race to Save the Modern Express

After spending nearly six days listing and adrift in the Bay of Biscay, threatening to run aground along the French coast, the 164-meter Modern Express was towed into port of Bilbao on February 3, 2016.  The amazing race to save the Modern Express began on January 26th, 2016 when British authorities picked up a distress call from the … [Read more...]

Drifting Cargo Ship Modern Express Under Tow in Bay of Biscay, Headed for Bilbao – UPDATE

Update (Feb. 2, 2016): The tug Centaurus towing the Modern Express entered Spanish waters overnight as the convoy approached the port of Bilbao at a speed of 3 knots. The convoy was located 29 nautical miles northeast of Bilbao as of 09:00. Overnight, the French Frigate Primauguet and emergency tug Abeille Bourbon both left for their homeport in Brest. Weather in the area … [Read more...]

Modern Express Salvage: Officials Preparing for Possible Grounding as Salvors Struggle to Board – Update

Update (Monday Feb. 1, 2016): Modern Express Saved! Drifting Cargo Ship Under Tow in Bay of Biscay Update (Sunday Jan. 31, 2016): Crews have started preparing for the Modern Express's possible grounding if a tow line cannot be established in the next 24 hours, officials said Sunday. An update at 15:00 local time said the ship was located 50 … [Read more...]