Human error was probably to blame for a collision that killed five crew and sank the Baltic Ace car carrier, its Greek manager told Reuters, and Dutch rescuers said it was unlikely six missing seamen would be found alive.
Panagiootis Kakoliris, operations manager at Stamco Ship Management Co., Ltd. which managed the Baltic Ace, said that sea conditions were normal when the 23,500-tonne ship was lost. The exact cause of the crash is under investigation. Mr Kakoliris said:
We had a very violent collision which was the reason for the quick sinking of the vessel. It was most probably hit in the side and that's why water entered in huge quantities with this result.
You cannot control some things. This happened in good weather, normal weather. There was good visibility, so I feel most probably there was a human error.