The Ro-Ro cargo ship Grande Francia lost propulsion power in English Canal on 14 nautical miles north off Cherbourg, France. The vessel remained adrift towards French coast with about 4 kts speed and engineers was unable to restart the power. The accident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene of disabled vessel was dispatched salvage tug Abeille Liberte to secure the Ro-Ro cargo ship Grande Francia and prevent grounding or another accident. The rescue team of the salvage vessel succeeded to assist engineers in repairing the engine failure and restarted the engine on 5 nautical miles off the coast.
The local authorities ordered inspection of the Ro-Ro cargo ship Grande Francia before allow her to return in service. It was estimated that ships can resume the voyage and proceeded through English Canal en route to Hamburg. The investigation is under way, but fortunately during the incident there were no injured people. The traffic at English Canal was not affected by the incident.
The Ro-Ro cargo ship Grande Francia (IMO: 9246592) has overall length of 214.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 7.70 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 26,169 DWT and the gross tonnage is 56,738 GRT. The ship was built in 2002 by Fincantieri Castellammare shipyard in Italy. The owner and operator of the Ro-Ro cargo freighter is Grimaldi Group.