Grimaldi Group working with France to minimize Grande America environmental fall-out

Following the sinking of conro Grande America (IMO 9130937) on March 12th, some 140 miles south west of Brest in position 046 04 08.0 N, 005 47 04.0 W, the Grimaldi Group is working with French authorities to prevent any potential damage to the marine environment.

The Grimaldi Group expressed its “sincere gratitude and appreciation” to the French Authorities for their dedication and professionalism in overseeing and supporting the salvage operation.

The ship had 365 containers on board, with 45 containers containing designated dangerous goods. There were also 2,000 vehicles and 2,200 tons of fuel oil.

On Thursday French authorities were fighting an oil slick measuring 10km long and 1km wide that could reach the coast of southern Brittany by the end of the weekend.

The maritime prefecture feared that oil could drift onto the French Atlantic coast, given the western winds prevailing in the area. Any escaped HFO could begin reaching the French coast along the Gironde and Charente-Maritime departments near Bordeaux in the next few days.

1997-built, Italy-flagged, 56,642 gt Grande America is owned and managed by Grimaldi Group of Naples, Italy. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Grimaldi Deep Sea SpA.

Hull & machinery is with Norwegian Hull Club (as arranger) and other insurers, among them Siat and Generali.