File - NH90 "Caiman" helicopters fly over a TK Bremen cargo ship which ran aground, spilling oil off the coast of France's northwestern region of Brittany and lies stranded on Kerminihy beach in Erdeven on December 16, 2011. (AFP PHOTO DAMIEN MEYER)
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