A cargo ship faces trouble off the coast of Brittany after a fire broke out on board and its crew was evacuated | outside

to updateThe French prefecture said that a cargo ship with a crew of twenty on board ran into trouble off the coast of Brittany on Wednesday. As far as we know, no one was injured. The passengers have now been removed from the ship and a tugboat will transport the cargo ship to a French port.

The Joanna, a 150-meter-long Panamanian-flagged ship, was about 185 kilometers from the municipality of Pinmarche, and the tug Abel Bourbon was expected to be there by 12:30 p.m. He must take the ship to the port of Brest. After assessing the damage, there will be no risk of drowning.

The damage was caused by a fire in the engine room which took out Joanna’s engine. This made the ship unmanageable, while the crew was unable to repair the engine themselves, according to an announcement from the Maritime Prefecture of the Atlantic.

The crew were picked up at their request by a Spanish government hospital ship, the “Esperanza del Mar” (Hope of the Sea), which was nearby. The regional newspaper Ouest France reported that a helicopter and a Falcon 50 plane also headed to the stricken ship.

The cargo ship was on its way to Türkiye with a load of iron filings on board. According to the French meteorological service Météo-France, the strong winds are expected to decrease somewhat in the evening, but the sea remains choppy.

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