On January 10, the A.S. CARELIA cargo vessel, operated on the PAD line, loaded the SMA monohull, skippered by Paul Meilhat, engaged in Vendée Globe Ocean Race 2016.
The SMA monohull suffered from damages far off the coast of Tahiti, forcing the skipper Paul Meilhat to abandon the race when he ranked at the 3rd position.
The damaged boat joined Papeete where the CMA CGM AG-O team (Antilles Guyana-Oceania-Indian Ocean) took care of it and led the delicate operations of extracting from the water, adjusting the ship cradle, disassembling and loading. Indeed, with a keel weighing 4 tons and a 27-meter-wide mast weighing 350 kilos, this exceptional process lasted nearly 5 days, after precise instructions were agreed with the skipper and his technical staff.
This transportation was made possible thanks to the expertise of the CMA CGM AG-O team who worked in coordination with the Captain of the cargo vessel and his crew.
The SMA monohull will arrive in Le Havre port on March 17. There, CMA CGM will operate the unloading. Skipper Paul Meilhat is not part of this journey. After having taken part in the repatriation operation of his boat, he flew back to France returning to his family whom he had been away from for more than two months.