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Grimaldi’s ‘Grande America’ Sinks After Fire

Grande America (Photo: Ships and Ports)

An MV Grande America ship owned by an Italian company, Grimaldi Group, sunk in the Bay of Biscay in water depth of 4,600 meters off the coast of France after it caught fire.

Grande America (Photo: Wikipedia)

According to reports, the ship, a container-roro carrier, sank on Tuesday at 1526 local time about 180 nautical miles off the French coast.

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Fire broke out on the Grande America on Sunday night as the ship was underway in the Bay of Biscay during a voyage from Hamburg, Germany to Casablanca, Morocco. The fire was primarily located in cargo containers in the forward portion of the ship. Several containers fell off the ship into the water while it was burning before it eventually sank on Tuesday afternoon.

All 27 crew members that abandoned ship in a lifeboat were later rescued by the British frigate HMS Argyll and were taken ashore to the French port of Brest.

No major injuries were reported, although there are several cases of smoke inhalation by the crew members and they were being treated.

The 213-meter, 27,965 dwt Grande America was built in 1997.

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