North Sea disaster – untold story
05 March 2015
The Baltic Ace was a car transporter – a specialized ship that carries cars for export and import. The Corvus J: a container ship, carrying the boxes that take most goods round the world now. (The picture shows how she looked after the collision – severe damage to her bow and foc’sle.) These two ships ran into each other on a dark night in the North Sea in December 2012. The Baltic Ace heeled over and sank, and her crew went into the bitter-cold sea. 13 were rescued – 11 were not, and of those 6 are missing to this day. When they got ashore the traumatized survivors were checked at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam – then, no bodily hurt found, chucked out in the middle of the night. Shame on you, Dutch medics. To the rescue: The Mission to Seafarers.
Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.
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