According to the specialized news site Flows.be is the Grande America a mixed container and roro vessel. It was with a load of containers, cars and other rolling cargo from Antwerp and Hamburg on the way to Casablanca. In the Gulf of Gascony (also known as the bay of Biscay) broke Sunday night fire on the ship. The fire is not under control and, according to news agencies AFP and DPA today more.
Finally sank the Italian ship today around 15.30 hours in the Atlantic Ocean, about 333 kilometers from the French coast. All 27 people who were aboard the 214-meter long ship were in the night from Sunday to Monday already evacuated.
French ministry of the Environment let now examine whether there is a risk of pollution in the Ocean. The contents of the cargo, the containers must be examined. Still according to the French ministry would also, some containers had fallen into the water for the ship began to sink. The Neapolitan shipping company Grimaldi Group is the owner of the Grande America. The ship was built in 1997.