On June 7, part of the of the remains of the car carrier Baltic Ace arrived in Rotterdam, Netherlands. On December 5, 2012, the car carrier collided with the 135 meter long, 8372 dwt container ship Corvus J in the North Sea off the coast of the Netherlands during a snow storm with rough seas. The Baltic Ace quickly sank with only 13 of the 24 crew on board able to climb into the life rafts . The vessel with its cargo of 1400 Mitsubishi vehicles on board sat on the bottom in 35 meters of water.
Dutch authorities contracted with Boskalis and Mammoet Salvage to remove the Baltic Ace in February 2014. The wreck was a threat to shipping as it was a hazard in the busy route to Rotterdam. Within the wreck, there was 540,000 litres of fuel oil posed a threat to the environment. Reports state the salvage teams will break up the vessel into six sections and lifted to the surface over the summer.