Assistance to the Liztrix
On Wednesday 2 March at around 06:00, the container ship Lizrix, flying the UK flag with 8 people onboard, reported to the CROSS Gris-Nez that her propulsion system had been damaged while she was in the upstream rail of the Pas de Calais traffic separation scheme (DST), approximately 9 nautical miles from Calais. The vessel was en route from St Helier to Immingham and was not carrying any cargo.
Unable to repair at sea, the Lizrix went to anchor. The Abeille Languedoc immediately set sail to assist her. The weather conditions deteriorated in the area. On arrival in the area, the Abeille Languedoc took the Lizrix in tow and the convoy headed for Dover.
Assisting these two vessels in the Channel-North Sea, one of the densest transit areas in the world, is a perfect example of why it is vital to act quickly. The weather conditions encountered during these two operations (4 to 5 knots and strong winds) increased the risk of drifting and collision, requiring an appropriate and immediate response.