Shifting Cargo Causes 538-foot ‘Modern Express’ to Have Dangerous 40-degree List!

Earlier this year, the 538-foot long ‘Modern Express‘ was traveling from Gabon, Africa to Le Havre, France with 3600 tons of timber and oil.

Somewhere in the Bay of Biscay, between Spain & Portugal, the cargo shifted wildly, causing the ship to acquire a dangerous and irreversible 40-degree list (ie: tilt).

Shifting Cargo Causes 538-foot ‘Modern Express’ to Have Dangerous 40-degree List!

There was a dramatic aerial rescue of the 22 crew members via Spanish helicopter, then the Dutch salvage company, Smit Salvage, based in Rotterdam, came to the rescue by attaching a line to the cargo ship and dragging it into port.

If the operation would have failed, the massive ship would have crashed ashore, causing untold damage. 

Shifting Cargo Causes 538-foot ‘Modern Express’ to Have Dangerous 40-degree List!
Shifting Cargo Causes 538-foot ‘Modern Express’ to Have Dangerous 40-degree List!
Shifting Cargo Causes 538-foot ‘Modern Express’ to Have Dangerous 40-degree List!

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