Turkish cargo ship, transporting 3000 tons of corn and with 10 people on board, failed itself in water of the rock small island of Planier, off Marseilles. The attempts of disengagement and towing of the ship remained vain.
Wednesday, 21.Jan.2009, 20:35 (GMT+3)
The attempts of disengagement and towing of the Turkish cargo liner, Gunay 2, failed off Marseilles with on its board 3000 tons of corn, were always in progress Wednesday afternoon, according to the police port authority united by LCI.fr. Two tug boats, Carangue, chartered by the National marine, and Provence, chartered by the Boluda civil society, like two high-speed motorboats of the sailor-firemen of Marseilles and the SNSM, were mobilized. But this rescue is made difficult by the weather conditions, the zone being in prey with a strong swell.
The ship, length 84 meters, with 10 people on board, ran aground in the night of Tuesday Wednesday on the southern point of the small island of Planier, located at 4 miles nautical (approximately 8 kilometers) of the coasts. It is surrounded by reefs which level and which already caused shipwrecks. At the time of the accident, the headlight of the island was in perfect operating condition. As for the cereal one, which had installed Fos-sur-Mer for Leghorn, in Italy, it completely had the right to take this road. Indeed, the channel is obligatory only for the boats transporting of the dangerous matters according to the police port authority.
The attempts of disengagement and the towing of the boat will cease as of the fallen night but all the team will remain on the spot to monitor the ship and will take again Thursday morning at dawn, according to the police port authority.