Salvage of the Modern Express by SMIT Salvage

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Salvage of the Modern Express by SMIT Salvage 4.5
On 26 January 2016, a 164-meter-long Roll-on/Roll-off vessel lost stability in heavy weather and was drifting fast towards the French coast in the Bay of Biscay. A team of dedicated salvage experts of SMIT Salvage was on the scene within 24 hours and was able to prevent an environmental disaster from taking place. Watch the impressive video of this spectacular salvage operation.

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As both a seasoned Videographer and licenced ship's Master this is the kind of company I would love to work with! Every company should better document their efforts like this.

Author — RSBSTEADICAM

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If that narrator wanted, he could easily pull off one of the most believable Morgan Freeman impressions ever!

Author — Benedikt Danting

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Awesome work guys! Cannot wait to see the ship back in action :)

Author — Willyshire

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1:20 -- I recognize the man resting his head on his hand as a diver (from previous Smit videos).

Author — Kevin Byrne

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Absolutely incredible. What a time to be alive. Huge respect for everyone involved in this operation

Author — T

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a lot of "drama" for the grandsons of deRuyter !!

Author — Stephen Mortimer

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Modern Express’ 3600 ton cargo shifted and the vessel started listing some 240 km off Cape Ortegal, Galicia, in the Bay of Biscay.

Author — snubbedpeer

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Modern day heroes . Way to go SMIT salvage.

Author — Martyn Wright

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So what happened to cause the ship to "lose stability" in the first place? Was the cargo unsecured and did it all shift to one side during the heavy seas, thus tilting the ship and lodging all the cargo on the low side?

Author — Harry Heflin

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For a 5+-minute video we certainly could have seen more of the ship as salvaged and righted! #hardlyapayoff

Author — roundtowerDC

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Looks like it was riding too high ? Did the captain not ballast the tanks enough initially or?

Author — Paul Hitchings

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What kind of price tag goes on an operation like that?

Author — Flavor Enhanced

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Somehow quite a lot of ferry issues over the past 30 years or so. Is there something that connects them?

Author — RSBSTEADICAM

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Was there a malfunction with the ballast tanks? What caused the ship to tip over like this?

Author — Skylord

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What was found to be the original cause of the tilt?

Author — Devin Chastain

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one question, who's pay for the operation?

Author — Dani Jaya Putra