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Ship sinks off Dutch coast

What: Baltic Ace (Bahamas) en route Zeebrugge Belgium to KotkaFinland
Corvus J (Cyprus) en route from Grangemouth Scotland to Antwerp, Belgium
Where: North Sea
When: Dec 6 2012
Who: 4 dead, 7 missing
Why: After a collision at sea, four crew members are reported dead and seven are missing in the North Sea. Helicopters, two navy patrol ships and one of the ships involved in the collision are searching for the seven missing sailors.

The Bahamas registered Baltic Ace car carrier (manager RAY CAR CARRIERS LTD, Isle of Man; STAMCO SHIP MANAGEMENT CO LTD, Greece) collided with the Corvus J Cargo ship 40 miles off the coast of the Netherlands. The Baltic Ice was carrying cars, and had a crew of 24, who abandoned ship as the vessel sank in minutes. It is not known if there were additional passengers aboard. The crew had no time to dress in immersion suits. 11 of the were rescued by helicopters and two by ship. Infrared cameras are being used to search for the missing sailors. Four rescued crew were transferred to the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, seven to Ostend in Belgium. At the time the ship sank, the water was 10 deg centigrade (life expectancy from 1 to 6 hours at that temp.)

The Cyprus registered Corvus J is a Boxship (Corvus J IMO 9262895, dwt 8372, capacity 630 TEU, built 2003, manager JUNGERHANS MARITIME SERVICES, Germany) and was damaged but not in danger of sinking. As of 01:00 UTC Dec 6, the Corvus J was still in the collision area cruising around 2 knots, the crew still aboard, still assisting in the search and rescue.

The rescue is ongoing, in cold weather and high seas.

Video diagram Below