Meanwhile, four giant plates that were lost from the cargo ship, thought to be the hatch covers, are still afloat in the same general area as where the collision occurred. The covers are being monitored by vessel on-site and French officials say the ship owner has arranged for two tugs from the Netherlands to tow them to Le Havre.
The Maltese-flagged Britannica HAV was loaded with 1,955 tonnes of steel and had 48 tonnes of light diesel fuel on board when it collided with the Belgian-flagged fishing vessel Deborah. According to reports, the cargo ship was damaged on its port side around amidships.
Amazingly, no major pollution or injuries have resulted from the incident.