Thirty Italian crew members died when the steam tanker Luisa
exploded and caught fire while loading crude oil
at the Iranian port of Bandar Mashar on June 5, 1965.
Another 11 were injured, while an Iranian customs official
and an oil company worker were also killed by the blast.
Flames shot 260 feet into the air,
with the area around the burning vessel
being described as a veritable inferno
when the fire spread to adjacent jetties
and burning oil covered the harbour.
The Luisa which was two-thirds loaded
when the explosion occurred, broke adrift, and grounded in the port channel,
where she overturned on her starboard side, completely gutted.
The task of wreck removal was given to the Yugoslav company
Brodopas of Split,
whose salvage team commenced cutting operations
in October of that year.