On Wednesday February 16, at 2.55 p.m., the Cypriot-flagged ship Wec Van Eyck, then 42 nautical miles north-north-west of Ouessant, reported to the Cross Corsen that it had lost four containers at sea. At 4.33 p.m. , the Cross, in connection with the customs operational center of Nantes, then engaged the Beechcraft maritime surveillance aircraft of the French customs. During this first flight, the stability of the ship and its load are confirmed but the containers are not relocated.
The shipowner given formal notice to put an end to the danger
The maritime prefecture of the Atlantic then issued an urgent notice to navigators calling for vigilance at sea.
During a second flight of the Customs Beechcraft, at 12:34 p.m. on Thursday, February 17, two of the four containers were spotted 37 nautical miles north of Ouessant.
At 6:45 p.m., the maritime prefecture gave notice to the shipowner to put an end to the danger to navigation by recovering the two drifting containers and relocating the other two as soon as possible.
Departing from London, the 142-meter container ship Wec Van Eyck is heading for Bilbao in Spain.
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