In this photo provided by the "Vigili del Fuoco" (Italian firefighters), containers are lined up on the deck of the Danish vessel Ark Futura, moored at Gioia Tauro port, southern Italy, Wednesday, July 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Vigili del Fuoco)
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