The car carrier Tricolor capsized and sank
in French waters 32 km NW of Dunkirk on 14 December 2002
following a collision with the containership Kariba in thick fog.
The wreck was lying in 25 m of water with 2000 tonnes of bunker oil on-board.
The wreck was ringed with beacons
and 3 patrol vessels regularly broadcast navigational warnings.
Despite these precautions, the MV Nicola struck the wreck 16 December
followed by the double hulled bulk/oil Vicky (43,487 gt, built 1981)
with a cargo of 70,000 tonnes of kerosene on 1 January 2003.