Collision with Esso Suez, abt 200 miles SSW of SW Pass, Mississippi River,
about 26.17.5N, 91.25.5W.
Both ships were running a 15 knots in dense fog.
Suez altered to port for a green to green passage.
Nobody on the Greensboro's bridge survived,
but it is clear from the testimony of the Esso Suez bridge,
and the position of Greensboro's rudder
that she altered to starboard.
Greensboro was loaded with about 141,000 barrels of West Texas crude.
Suez was in ballast.
Suez plowed into port side of Greensboro in way of No 8 tanks.
Both ships caught fire.
All but 5 crew on the Greensboro were fried.
Two killed on the Suez.
Incredibly, both ships survived and were towed in.
The Board inspected both ships. On the Esso Suez
The side shell plating and all internal structural members
were severed between the 15 foot and 28 foot waterline
from the stem approximately 40 feet aft on the port side
and 65 feet aft on the starboard side.
On the Esso Greensboro whose beam was 68 feet,
The vessels was cut in the way of No 8 tank
for a distance of 60 feet,
from main deck to an undetermined depth.
The main deck was completely severed
for a distance of 60 feet.
The No 8 tanks longitudinal bulkheads were ruptured,
the transverse bulkheads to Nos. 7 and 9 port tanks were ruptured,
and the transverse bulkheads to Nos. 7 and 9 center tanks
were also affected.
All steam and water pipes, fire lines, electric wiring,
and communication lines from bridge to engine room
were severed in way of the collision.
97,000 barrels of the approximately 141,000 barrel cargo
were recovered from the Greensboro.