A romantic affair between two crew members, one of whom was in charge of the Queen of the North ferry that sank off B.C.’s north coast seven years ago, had nothing to do with the sinking, defence lawyers told a court Thursday.

They said problems with navigational equipment and weather caused the ferry to slam into Gil Island on the night of March 22, 2006. Within an hour, the ship was completely under water, with all but two of the passengers and crew in lifeboats. Gerald Foisy and his common-law wife, Shirley Rosette, are believed to have gone down with the ship, but their bodies were never found.

Karl Lilgert has pleaded not guilty to two counts of criminal negligence causing death. His trial began Thursday in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver.

The Crown prosecutor claims the navigation officer was responsible for the crash, saying he had ample time to alter course.

Lilgert was the senior officer in charge, while the second officer was on a break. The captain had gone to bed for part of the 500-kilometre, 18-hour trip south from Prince Rupert, on B.C.’s mainland, to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island.

Lead prosecutor Richard Wright told the jury on Thursday that Lilgert failed to take any kind of evasive manoeuvres and never made any contact with the captain, the engine room or anyone else prior to the crash.

But defence lawyer Glen Orris says his client is a professional mariner who was doing his job. Orris told the court that Lilgert should have had more help on the bridge and that his client never intended to cause injury.

A Transportation Safety Board investigation into the sinking determined Lilgert was on the bridge of the ferry with quartermaster Karen Bricker the night it sank.

The pair had recently ended a romantic relationship and it was their first shift alone together since the breakup. The report said the pair failed to make a crucial course correction and navigational warning systems were turned off.

On Thursday, both sides downplayed the significance of the conversation and any distraction it may have caused.

Bricker is expected to testify she and Lilgert only had a brief conversation in the moments before the sinking, the Crown said, and that their affair had ended weeks before the crash when she decided to stay with her husband.

The Crown plans to call 100 witnesses to the stand, including passengers, crew members, a coast guard officer who oversaw the rescue, and said evidence against Lilgert will take three months to present. BC Ferries has settled lawsuits with families of the victims as well as 45 other passengers.

Fourteen jurors, instead of the usual 12, were sworn in on Thursday due to the length of the trial – which is expected to last six months – and the potential that some jurors will not be able to sit through the entire proceeding.

Court was adjourned until Monday, Jan 21.

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    HONG KONG - OCTOBER 2: The stricken ferry is pulled out of the water near Yung Shue Wan on Lamma Island on October 2, 2012 in Hong Kong. Thirty-six passengers have been killed and several others were injured when a Hong Kong Electric ferry, carrying 124 people, collided with a tug boat off the coast of Hong Kong late on Monday. (Photo by Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)

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    The bow of the Lamma IV boat (C) is seen partially submerged during rescue operations on October 2, 2012 the morning after it collided with a Hong Kong ferry killing over 30 people. The boat, filled with more than 120 people headed to watch a national day fireworks display in Victoria harbour, collided with a passenger ferry and sank off Hong Kong, leaving 36 people dead and sparking a frantic overnight search and rescue effort, officials said on October 2. AFP PHOTO / ANTONY DICKSON (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/GettyImages)

  • HONG KONG-ACCIDENT-FERRY

    The bow of the Lamma IV boat (L) is seen partially submerged during rescue operations on October 2, 2012 the morning after it collided with a Hong Kong ferry killing over 30 people. The boat, filled with more than 120 people headed to watch a national day fireworks display in Victoria harbour, collided with a passenger ferry and sank off Hong Kong, leaving 36 people dead and sparking a frantic overnight search and rescue effort, officials said on October 2. AFP PHOTO / ANTONY DICKSON (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/GettyImages)

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    The bow of the Lamma IV boat (C) is seen partially submerged during rescue operations on October 2, 2012 the morning after it collided with a Hong Kong ferry killing over 30 people. The boat, filled with more than 120 people headed to watch a national day fireworks display in Victoria harbour, collided with a passenger ferry and sank off Hong Kong, leaving 36 people dead and sparking a frantic overnight search and rescue effort, officials said on October 2. AFP PHOTO / ANTONY DICKSON (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/GettyImages)

  • HONG KONG-ACCIDENT-FERRY

    The bow of the Lamma IV boat (C) is seen partially submerged during rescue operations on October 2, 2012 the morning after it collided with a Hong Kong ferry killing over 30 people. The boat, filled with more than 120 people headed to watch a national day fireworks display in Victoria harbour, collided with a passenger ferry and sank off Hong Kong, leaving 36 people dead and sparking a frantic overnight search and rescue effort, officials said on October 2. AFP PHOTO / ANTONY DICKSON (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/GettyImages)

  • HONG KONG-ACCIDENT-FERRY

    The bow of the Lamma IV boat (L) is seen partially submerged during rescue operations on October 2, 2012 the morning after it collided with a Hong Kong ferry killing over 30 people. The boat, filled with more than 120 people headed to watch a national day fireworks display in Victoria harbour, collided with a passenger ferry and sank off Hong Kong, leaving 36 people dead and sparking a frantic overnight search and rescue effort, officials said on October 2. AFP PHOTO / ANTONY DICKSON (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/GettyImages)

  • HONG KONG-ACCIDENT-FERRY

    The bow of the Lamma IV boat (C) is seen partially submerged during rescue operations on October 2, 2012 the morning after it collided with a Hong Kong ferry killing over 30 people. The boat, filled with more than 120 people headed to watch a national day fireworks display in Victoria harbour, collided with a passenger ferry and sank off Hong Kong, leaving 36 people dead and sparking a frantic overnight search and rescue effort, officials said on October 2. AFP PHOTO / ANTONY DICKSON (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/GettyImages)

  • HONG KONG-ACCIDENT-FERRY

    Search and rescue teams search the waters around the partially submerged Lamma IV boat (C) off Hong Kong's Lamma island on October 2, 2012 the morning after it collided with a Hong Kong ferry killing over 30 people. The boat, filled with more than 120 people headed to watch a national day fireworks display in Victoria harbour, collided with a passenger ferry and sank off Hong Kong, leaving 36 people dead and sparking a frantic overnight search and rescue effort, officials said on October 2. AFP PHOTO / ANTONY DICKSON (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/GettyImages)

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    The bow of the Lamma IV boat (C) is seen partially submerged during rescue operations on October 2, 2012 the morning after it collided with a Hong Kong ferry killing over 30 people. The boat, filled with more than 120 people headed to watch a national day fireworks display in Victoria harbour, collided with a passenger ferry and sank off Hong Kong, leaving 36 people dead and sparking a frantic overnight search and rescue effort, officials said on October 2. AFP PHOTO / ANTONY DICKSON (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/GettyImages)

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    The bow of the partially submerged Lamma IV boat (top) sticks up over the hull of a barge (bottom) being used for rescue operations near Hong Kong's Lamma island on October 2, 2012 the morning after it collided with a Hong Kong ferry killing over 30 people. The boat, filled with more than 120 people headed to watch a national day fireworks display in Victoria harbour, collided with a passenger ferry and sank off Hong Kong, leaving 36 people dead and sparking a frantic overnight search and rescue effort, officials said on October 2. AFP PHOTO / ANTONY DICKSON (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (C) joins representatives of various government departments as they observe a minute of silence at the start of a press conference in Hong Kong on October 2, 2012 following a deadly ferry collision that killed at least 37 people the night before. Six crew from two passenger boats that collided killing 37 people in Hong Kong's worst maritime accident in decades have been arrested, the territory's security chief said at the press conference. AFP PHOTO / ANTONY DICKSON (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/GettyImages)

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    The Sea Smooth ferry with its bow badly damaged sits docked at the Lamma Island pier on October 2, 1012 following a collision with the Lamma IV boat in Hong Kong waters late on October 1. The Lamma IV boat, filled with more than 120 people headed to watch a national day fireworks display in Victoria harbour, collided with the passenger ferry Sea Smooth and sank off Hong Kong, leaving 36 people dead and sparking a frantic overnight search and rescue effort, officials said on October 2. AFP PHOTO / ANTONY DICKSON (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/GettyImages)

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    The Sea Smooth ferry with its bow badly damaged sits docked at the Lamma Island pier on October 2, 1012 following a collision with the Lamma IV boat in Hong Kong waters late on October 1. The Lamma IV boat, filled with more than 120 people headed to watch a national day fireworks display in Victoria harbour, collided with the passenger ferry Sea Smooth and sank off Hong Kong, leaving 36 people dead and sparking a frantic overnight search and rescue effort, officials said on October 2. AFP PHOTO / ANTONY DICKSON (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (C) joins representatives of various government departments as they observe a minute of silence at the start of a press conference in Hong Kong on October 2, 2012 following a deadly ferry collision that killed at least 37 people the night before. Six crew from two passenger boats that collided killing 37 people in Hong Kong's worst maritime accident in decades have been arrested, the territory's security chief said at the press conference. AFP PHOTO / ANTONY DICKSON (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Rescue Operation Under Way After Boat Collision Kills 36 Passengers

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    The damaged Sea Smooth ferry is seen docked at Lamma island in Hong Kong on October 3, 2012 two days after it collided with a pleasure boat killing at least 38 people. The captains of the Sea Smooth ferry and the Lamma IV pleasure boat that collided in Hong Kong on October 1, killing 38 people in the city's worst maritime disaster in decades, were arrested on October 2 with five other crew, officials said. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Ferry passengers look trough windows at an another ferry damaged after colliding with a boat, in Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. The ferry on Monday collided with a boat owned by utility company Power Assets Holdings Ltd., which was taking its workers and their families to famed Victoria Harbor to watch a fireworks display in celebration of China's National Day and mid-autumn festival, killing at least 36 people. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • A half submerged boat is lifted by cranes Tuesday Oct. 2, 2012 after Monday night's collision near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island. The boat packed with revelers on a long holiday weekend collided with a ferry and sank, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens, authorities said. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • Relatives of the victims throw paper money Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 as they pay tribute to the ill-fated people aboard a boat that sank Monday night near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island. The boat packed with revelers on a long holiday weekend collided with a ferry and sank off Hong Kong, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens, authorities said. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

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  • Relatives of the victims throw paper money Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 as they pay tribute to the ill-fated people aboard a boat that sank Monday night near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island. The boat packed with revelers on a long holiday weekend collided with a ferry and sank off Hong Kong, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens, authorities said. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • Relatives of the victims pay tribute Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 to the ill-fated people aboard a boat that sank Monday night near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island. The boat packed with revelers on a long holiday weekend collided with a ferry and sank off Hong Kong, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens, authorities said. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • Relatives of the victims toss paper money Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 as they pay tribute to the ill-fated people aboard a boat that sank Monday night near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island. The boat packed with revelers on a long holiday weekend collided with a ferry and sank off Hong Kong, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens, authorities said. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • Police officers guard on a partially submerged boat after it collided with a ferry Monday night near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. The boat packed with revelers on a long holiday weekend collided with a ferry and sank off Hong Kong, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens, authorities said. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • Workers carry a dead body after it was recovered during search and rescue operations after a boat packed with revelers on a long holiday weekend collided with a ferry and sank off Hong Kong, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • A partially submerged boat is stabilized by the crane of another vessel after it collided with a ferry Monday night near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island Tuesday,Oct. 2, 2012. The boat packed with revelers on a long holiday weekend collided with a ferry and sank off Hong Kong, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens, authorities said. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • Officials check on a half submerged boat after it collided Monday night near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island Tuesday Oct. 2, 2012. The boat packed with revelers on a long holiday weekend collided with a ferry and sank off Hong Kong, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens, authorities said. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • A partially submerged boat is stabilized by the crane of another vessel after it collided with a ferry Monday night near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island Tuesday,Oct. 2, 2012. The boat packed with revelers on a long holiday weekend collided with a ferry and sank off Hong Kong, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens, authorities said. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • A young survivor carried by rescuers, is taken onto shore after a collision involving two vessels in Hong Kong Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Authorities in Hong Kong have rescued 101 people after a ferry collided with a boat and sank. A local broadcaster says eight people died.The government said in a statement that the ferry was carrying about 120 people when the accident happened Monday night near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island. Few other details were given. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • A survivor carried by rescuers, is taken onto shore after a collision involving two vessels in Hong Kong Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Authorities in Hong Kong have rescued 101 people after a ferry collided with a boat and sank. A local broadcaster says eight people died.The government said in a statement that the ferry was carrying about 120 people when the accident happened Monday night near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island. Few other details were given. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • A survivor supported by rescuers, is taken onto shore after a collision involving two vessels in Hong Kong Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Authorities in Hong Kong have rescued 101 people after a ferry collided with a boat and sank. A local broadcaster says eight people died. The government said in a statement that the ferry was carrying about 120 people when the accident happened Monday night near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island. Few other details were given. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • Survivors accompanied by rescuers, are taken onto shore after a collision involving two vessels in Hong Kong Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Authorities in Hong Kong have rescued 101 people after a ferry collided with a boat and sank. A local broadcaster says eight people died.The government said in a statement that the ferry was carrying about 120 people when the accident happened Monday night near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island. Few other details were given. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • A young survivor is carried by a rescuer, and taken onto shore after a collision involving two vessels, in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Authorities in Hong Kong have rescued 101 people after a ferry collided with a boat and sank. A local broadcaster says eight people died. The government said in a statement that the ferry was carrying about 120 people when the accident happened Monday night near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island. Few other details were given. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • Rescuers check on a half submerged boat after it collided Monday night near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Authorities in Hong Kong have rescued 101 people after a ferry collided with a tugboat and sank. A local broadcaster says eight people died. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • Rescuers check on a half submerged boat after it collided Monday night near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Authorities in Hong Kong have rescued 101 people after a ferry collided with a tugboat and sank. A local broadcaster says eight people died. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • Rescuers check on a half submerged boat after it collided Monday night near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Authorities in Hong Kong have rescued 101 people after a ferry collided with a tugboat and sank. A local broadcaster says eight people died. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • Rescuers check on a half submerged boat after it collided Monday night near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Authorities in Hong Kong have rescued 101 people after a ferry collided with a tugboat and sank. A local broadcaster says eight people died. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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    A victim (C) is carried ashore by rescue personnel after at least 20 people were injured in a collision between a ferry and another commercial vessel off Hong Kong on October 1, 2012. Search and rescue operations were under way for around 80 other people who were involved in the accident near Lamma Island, a police spokesman said. AFP PHOTO / RICHARD A. BROOKS (Photo credit should read RICHARD A. BROOKS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • HONG KONG-ACCIDENT-FERRY

    A victim (C) is carried ashore by rescue personnel after at least 20 people were injured in a collision between a ferry and another commercial vessel off Hong Kong on October 1, 2012. Search and rescue operations were under way for around 80 other people who were involved in the accident near Lamma Island, a police spokesman said. AFP PHOTO / RICHARD A. BROOKS (Photo credit should read RICHARD A. BROOKS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • HONG KONG-ACCIDENT-FERRY

    Local residents (L) try to get a glimpse of rescue personnel (R) as they tend to a victim who was brought ashore after at least 20 people were injured in a collision between a ferry and another commercial vessel off Hong Kong on October 1, 2012. Search and rescue operations were under way for around 80 other people who were involved in the accident near Lamma Island, a police spokesman said. AFP PHOTO / RICHARD A. BROOKS (Photo credit should read RICHARD A. BROOKS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • HONG KONG-ACCIDENT-FERRY

    A victim (C) is carried ashore by rescue personnel after at least 20 people were injured in a collision between a ferry and another commercial vessel off Hong Kong on October 1, 2012. Search and rescue operations were under way for around 80 other people who were involved in the accident near Lamma Island, a police spokesman said. AFP PHOTO / RICHARD A. BROOKS (Photo credit should read RICHARD A. BROOKS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • HONG KONG-ACCIDENT-FERRY

    Members of the media surround rescue workers as they carry a victim into an ambulance after at least 20 people were injured in a collision between a ferry and another commercial vessel off Hong Kong on October 1, 2012. Search and rescue operations were under way for around 80 other people who were involved in the accident near Lamma Island, a police spokesman said. AFP PHOTO / RICHARD A. BROOKS (Photo credit should read RICHARD A. BROOKS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (2nd L) pays a visit to a hospital after at least 30 people were injured in a collision between a ferry and another commercial vessel off Hong Kong on October 1, 2012. More than 30 people were injured in a collision between a ferry and a tug boat which threw scores of people into the sea off Hong Kong, police said. The government said around 120 people were on board the vessels, of whom 101 had been rescued. AFP PHOTO / Antony DICKSON (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Medical personnel transfer a victim from an ambulance at a hospital after at least 30 people were injured in a collision between a ferry and another commercial vessel off Hong Kong on October 1, 2012. More than 30 people were injured in a collision between a ferry and a tug boat which threw scores of people into the sea off Hong Kong, police said. The government said around 120 people were on board the vessels, of whom 101 had been rescued. AFP PHOTO / Antony DICKSON (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Medical personnel transfer a victim from an ambulance at a hospital after at least 30 people were injured in a collision between a ferry and another commercial vessel off Hong Kong on October 1, 2012. More than 30 people were injured in a collision between a ferry and a tug boat which threw scores of people into the sea off Hong Kong, police said. The government said around 120 people were on board the vessels, of whom 101 had been rescued. AFP PHOTO / Antony DICKSON (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/GettyImages)

  • HONG KONG-ACCIDENT-FERRY

    Medical personnel transfer a victim from an ambulance at a hospital after at least 30 people were injured in a collision between a ferry and another commercial vessel off Hong Kong on October 1, 2012. More than 30 people were injured in a collision between a ferry and a tug boat which threw scores of people into the sea off Hong Kong, police said. The government said around 120 people were on board the vessels, of whom 101 had been rescued. AFP PHOTO / Antony DICKSON (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/GettyImages)

  • HONG KONG-ACCIDENT-FERRY

    Medical personnel transfer a victim from an ambulance at a hospital after at least 30 people were injured in a collision between a ferry and another commercial vessel off Hong Kong on October 1, 2012. More than 30 people were injured in a collision between a ferry and a tug boat which threw scores of people into the sea off Hong Kong, police said. The government said around 120 people were on board the vessels, of whom 101 had been rescued. AFP PHOTO / Antony DICKSON (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/GettyImages)

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    The bow of the Lamma IV boat (C) is seen partially submerged during rescue operations on October 2, 2012 the morning after it collided with a Hong Kong ferry. The boat, filled with more than 120 people headed to watch a national day fireworks display in Victoria harbour, collided with a passenger ferry and sank off Hong Kong, leaving 36 people dead and sparking a frantic overnight search and rescue effort, officials said on October 2. AFP PHOTO / LAURENT FIEVET (Photo credit should read LAURENT FIEVET/AFP/GettyImages)

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    The bow of the Lamma IV boat is seen partially submerged on October 2, 2012 the morning after it collided with a Hong Kong ferry. The boat, filled with more than 120 people headed to watch a national day fireworks display in Victoria harbour, collided with a passenger ferry and sank off Hong Kong, leaving 36 people dead and sparking a frantic overnight search and rescue effort, officials said on October 2. AFP PHOTO / LAURENT FIEVET (Photo credit should read LAURENT FIEVET/AFP/GettyImages)

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    The damaged bow of the Sea Smooth ferry is seen docked at the Lamma Island pier following a collision with the Lamma IV boat off Hong Kong late on October 1, 2012. The Lamma IV boat, filled with more than 120 people headed to watch a national day fireworks display in Victoria harbour, collided with the passenger ferry Sea Smooth and sank off Hong Kong, leaving 36 people dead and sparking a frantic overnight search and rescue effort, officials said on October 2. AFP PHOTO / LAURENT FIEVET (Photo credit should read LAURENT FIEVET/AFP/GettyImages)