SHIP ON FIRE!: The roll-on/roll-off container (ConRo) GRANDE AMERICA caught fire at around 1900 UTC March 10/2019 in the Bay of Biscay France, while sailing from Hamburg to Moroco.
The ship stopped and started to drift.

At around 0100 UTC Mar 11, the ship’s Master informed MRCC on his decision to abandon the ship as the fire in containers, initially under control, started to spread. All 27 people on board, 26 crew and 1 passenger, went into a lifeboat.

The crew of HMS Argyll spent eight hours saving every soul aboard the Grande America in the Bay of Biscay after the ship’s cargo of containers and cars caught fire.

The frigate – on her way home to Plymouth after nine months away in the Asia-Pacific region – responded to a mayday during the night from the 28,000-tonne merchant ship about 150 miles southwest of Brest: the crew were fighting a losing battle against the flames and were abandoning ship. 


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