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SHIP NAME: Esso Portsmouth KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source MITCHELL
type A
volume Y
material Kuwait crude
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On 8th July, 1960, the Esso Portsmouth arrived at Milford Haven dressed overall, for she was the first ocean-going tanker to berth at the marine terminal of the new Esso refinery. She had 32,000 tons of crude oil to discharge from Kuwait. Early next morning while the ship was discharging, a structural failure of an unloading arm on the jetty caused a spillage of oil. This quickly ignited and there was a massive explosion.

Fire and rescue services managed to extinguish the flames but not before the ship's hull structure was heavily buckled and her midships accommodations completely gutted. Fortunately the bulk of the cargo was saved and after its discharge the ship was placed on buoys in the harbour for survey.


source VISSER
type A
volume Y
material Kuwait crude
dead
link http://www.aukevisser.nl/uk/id290.htm

This site has some good pictures of the mess.


source CTX
type A
volume
material
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The ship was alos brand new. Great way to baptize a new refinery. Good chance that inerting would have made a difference in this casualty.

Ship was repaired using more than 4000 tons of new steel. House was moved aft.

This ship later became the Winson which grounded on North Danger Reef (11.41N,115.19E) in the South China Sea carrying wheat from Galveston to India on 1975-01-21. She was eventually refloated but sank under tow 1975-08-07.