October 22, 2017 2:08 pm
MRCC Etel was alerted at 1500 LT Oct 21 by distress message from reefer BALTIC PERFORMER, reporting cargo shift and ensuing portside list 12 degrees in rough weather, 103 nm west of Penmarch, Bay of Biscay. Vessel with some 6000 tons of vegetables is en route to Senegal from Netherlands. At around 0900 UTC Oct 22 Master decided to interrupt voyage and headed for Brest. MRCC Etel dispatched SAR tug ABEILLE BOURBON to escort troubled reefer. At 1400 UTC Oct 22 BALTIC PERFORMER, escorted by ABEILLE BOURBON, was some 55 nm southwest of Brest, proceeding at some 13-14 knots speed. On MRCC Etel photo troubled reefer.
Reefer BALTIC PERFORMER, IMO 9016674, dwt 10603, built 1992, flag Liberia, manager BALTIC REEFERS LTD, Russia.http://maritimebulletin.net/2017/10/22/russian-reefer-troubled-in-biscay-heading-for-shelter/