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SHIP NAME: Argea Prima KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source OSIR
type D
volume 10000T
material
dead
link

Says only location is Puerto Rico.


source NOAA
type A
volume 11,481,000L
material C
dead
link response.restoration.noaa.gov/book_shelf/1_coral_tox.pdf

On the evening of July 16, 1962, the Italian tanker Argea Prima ran aground of Guayanilla harbor on the southern shore of Puerto Rico. In an attempt to lighten the vessel, the captain decided to pump about 72,200 bbl (11,481,000 l) of crude oil into the sea, The oil was blown ashore and transported by the currents far to the West.


source CTX
type C
volume 11MML
material
dead 0
link

We don't have any cause information, but the entrance to Guayanilla harbor is very difficult. In one sample of 48 "offshore" groundings from a USCG database, 11 of them were just outside Guayanilla, a relatively same port in terms of throughput. This was probably a navigation error, possibly a conning error, quite possibly abetted by poor vessel manueverability. But with the information we have we just can't say. For now the CTX cause is blank.

This ship had a bad engine room fire in 1955 in the Persian Gulf.