Major rescue operation underway as car carrier collides with container ship in North Sea

The Baltic Ace

The Baltic Ace

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A FREIGHTER that has been used in the past to transport thousands of Sunderland-built Nissan cars was at the centre of a major rescue operation tonight.

The Baltic Ace is a regular visitor to the North-East and often transports Nissan Qashqais around Europe.

It was in collision with a Cyprus-registered container ship, the Corvus J, in the North Sea, around 60 miles off the coast of the Dutch port of Rotterdam.

A Nissan spokesman said the ship was not carrying its vehicles on this occasion.

The Dutch coastguard was coordinating the operation to airlift the crew from the Baltic Ace. One news agency reported that 13 crew members had been rescued, but 11 were still missing.

Three lifeboats and two helicopters were on the scene and two naval frigates were also heading towards the accident site.

The Corvus J was said to be badly damaged, but not in danger of sinking.

The shipping lane where the accident occurred is one of the busiest in the North Sea.

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10:03am Thu 6 Dec 12

hippyjohn says...

how can two ships of this size collide in this day . with radar and lookouts it should be impossible. they are the size of a small housing estate
how can two ships of this size collide in this day . with radar and lookouts it should be impossible. they are the size of a small housing estate hippyjohn
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3:04pm Thu 6 Dec 12

johnny_p says...

I suppose despite their size it must be due to their inability to stop and turn readily.

Sounds like a very serious incident with so many crew members still missing- I hope they are found quickly.
I suppose despite their size it must be due to their inability to stop and turn readily. Sounds like a very serious incident with so many crew members still missing- I hope they are found quickly. johnny_p
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