This is the first of the really big post-T2 era spills,
but we know almost nothing about it.
The ship was one of a kind:
a 56,089 deadweight self-unloading ore/oiler.
The forward house was right on the bow.
Midships the ship was fitted with a massive conveyor crane.
As an ore/oiler she would have a double bottom,
and almost certainly double sides.
On top of this, when she was launched in 1955,
she was the largest tanker ever built by some 12,000 tons.
But her engine was second hand, originally built in 1936.
Only Ludwig would have the chutzpah to do something like this.
If the OSIR volume number is even approximately correct,
then the ship was fully loaded.
Shields in The Invisible Billionaire says
the ship was built for long term charter to Sinclair,
exploded and sank off the coast of Brazil.
Other than that we know nothing,
including number of casualties.
A decent bet we are dealing with a leak into the double bottom
a la Berge Vanga and Berge Istra.
But the ship would not have been inerted
and the deck above the tanks is a cluttered mess.
We need confirmation.
Miramar has this ship as 5607768, we had 5535477 from where.
Went to 5607768 2008-12-27.