Brittany Ferries ferry fire, Bay of Biscay

Ferry PONT AVEN of Brittany Ferries alerted MRCC Etel France at 0300 UTC Apr 29, reporting fire in engine room, 77 nm south of Pointe de Penmarch, Finistere, in Bay of Biscay. Ferry with 766 passengers and 142 crew is en route from Plymouth UK to Santander Spain. Helicopter and SAR ship ABEILLE BOURBON were deployed to assist troubled ferry. At around 0340 UTC ferry reported, that fire was extinguished, the ship is under way again.
According to latest available AIS timed 0630 UTC, ferry was under way at full speed.
Passenger ro-ro ship PONT AVEN, IMO 9268708, GT 40859, built 2004, flag France, operator BRITTANY FERRIES.



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