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Fatal North Sea collision said to be human error

Dutch fishing boat OUDDORP 6 (front) and a Dutch navy ship take part in rescue efforts after a collision between the Baltic Ace, a car carrier sailing under a Bahamas flag, and the Corvus J, a container ship from Cyprus, in the North Sea December 5, 2012 in this handout photo released to Reuters by the Dutch Defence Ministry December 6, 2012.REUTERS/Koninklijke Marine - Ministerie Van Defensie/Handout

Dutch fishing boat OUDDORP 6 (front) and a Dutch navy ship take part in rescue efforts after a collision between the Baltic Ace, a car carrier sailing under a Bahamas flag, and the Corvus J, a container ship from Cyprus, in the North Sea December 5,...more

Dutch fishing boat OUDDORP 6 (front) and a Dutch navy ship take part in rescue efforts after a collision between the Baltic Ace, a car carrier sailing under a Bahamas flag, and the Corvus J, a container ship from Cyprus, in the North Sea December 5, 2012 in this handout photo released to Reuters by the Dutch Defence Ministry December 6, 2012.REUTERS/Koninklijke Marine - Ministerie Van Defensie/Handout
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A rescue operation by the Dutch marine after a collision between a car carrier the Baltic Ace, sailing under a Bahamas flag, and the Corvus J, a Cyprus-flagged container ship, is seen in the North Sea December 5, 2012 in this handout photo released to Reuters by the Dutch Defence Ministry December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Koninklijke Marine - Ministerie Van Defensie/Handout

A rescue operation by the Dutch marine after a collision between a car carrier the Baltic Ace, sailing under a Bahamas flag, and the Corvus J, a Cyprus-flagged container ship, is seen in the North Sea December 5, 2012 in this handout photo released...more

A rescue operation by the Dutch marine after a collision between a car carrier the Baltic Ace, sailing under a Bahamas flag, and the Corvus J, a Cyprus-flagged container ship, is seen in the North Sea December 5, 2012 in this handout photo released to Reuters by the Dutch Defence Ministry December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Koninklijke Marine - Ministerie Van Defensie/Handout
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A rescue operation by the Dutch marine after a collision between a car carrier the Baltic Ace, sailing under a Bahamas flag, and the Corvus J, a Cyprus-flagged container ship, is seen in the North Sea December 5, 2012 in this handout photo released to Reuters by the Dutch Defence Ministry December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Koninklijke Marine - Ministerie Van Defensie/Handout

A rescue operation by the Dutch marine after a collision between a car carrier the Baltic Ace, sailing under a Bahamas flag, and the Corvus J, a Cyprus-flagged container ship, is seen in the North Sea December 5, 2012 in this handout photo released...more

A rescue operation by the Dutch marine after a collision between a car carrier the Baltic Ace, sailing under a Bahamas flag, and the Corvus J, a Cyprus-flagged container ship, is seen in the North Sea December 5, 2012 in this handout photo released to Reuters by the Dutch Defence Ministry December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Koninklijke Marine - Ministerie Van Defensie/Handout
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The Baltic Ace car carrier, sailing under a Bahamas flag, is seen in this undated handout photo released to Reuters by FleetMon.com December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Ian Johnston/FleetMon.com/Handout

The Baltic Ace car carrier, sailing under a Bahamas flag, is seen in this undated handout photo released to Reuters by FleetMon.com December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Ian Johnston/FleetMon.com/Handout

The Baltic Ace car carrier, sailing under a Bahamas flag, is seen in this undated handout photo released to Reuters by FleetMon.com December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Ian Johnston/FleetMon.com/Handout
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Belgian Major Filip Vanderlinden, an operator in rescue operations at the Belgian Army's 40th Squadron Heli, gets off a Westland Sea King Mk 48 helicopter at an army base in Koksijde December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Laurent Dubrule

Belgian Major Filip Vanderlinden, an operator in rescue operations at the Belgian Army's 40th Squadron Heli, gets off a Westland Sea King Mk 48 helicopter at an army base in Koksijde December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Laurent Dubrule

Belgian Major Filip Vanderlinden, an operator in rescue operations at the Belgian Army's 40th Squadron Heli, gets off a Westland Sea King Mk 48 helicopter at an army base in Koksijde December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Laurent Dubrule
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