BALTIC ACE sank in North Sea after collision with CORVUS J

Dec. 5, 2012 at 22:48 by Lars Brandstäter in Accidents

Vehicle carrier BALTIC ACE (IMO: 9386213) and containership CORVUS J (IMO: 9262895) came into collision about 30 miles of the Dutch coast while underway with a cargo of cars from Zeebrugge, Belgium, to Kotka, Finland. The incident took place some 40–50 kilometres (25–31 mi) off the coast of Rotterdam at 18:15 GMT. The BALTIC ACE has sunk.

At least 13 of the 24 crew members of the Baltic Ace have rescued themselves using life rafts. Several helicopters, marine vessels and nearby merchant vessels are assisting in the rescue operation. Several crew members have been transported to hospitals in the Netherlands. 11 crew members are still missing.


Screenshot shows collision area and vessels assisting in search and rescue three hours after the incident, via AIS.

The BALTIC ACE left the port of Zeebrugge earlier this afternoon and was underway to Kotka, Finland. The CORVUS J was underway from Grangemouth to Antwerp. The container ship was said to be severely damaged but not in danger of sinking.

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Situation of collision point in the Traffic Separation Schemes and Deepwater Routes of the English Channel (FleetMon Explorer). 

Baltic Ace and Corvus J Collision

(Screenshot from FleetMon Explorer as of 8:00 UTC, Baltic Ace collision position and Corvus J moving back to Antwerp.)

BALTIC ACE sank in North Sea after collision with CORVUS J

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