Grimaldi's RoRo container vessel sinks in the Bay of Biscay
The Grimaldi Group announces that its RoRo container vessel, Grande America, who caught fire the night of March 10/11 in the Bay of Biscay has sunk. There was no loss of life or injury among the 26 crew and one passenger who had left the vessel in the early hours of March 11 and were picked up by HMS Argyll and taken to Brest, where all are safe and sound.
The fire was caused by some cargo loaded on board the vessel and the firefighting operation by the crew had to be discontinued when the ship had to be abandoned in order to avoid any risk for the crew’s safety.
The Grimaldi Group is arranging, under the guidelines of the French Authorities, the prevention of any potential damage to the marine environment resulting from the vessel’s sinking.