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SHIP NAME: Luisa KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 2
source HOOKE
type A
volume Y
material
dead 32
link

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.


source CTX
type C
volume Y
material
dead 32
link

This ship had a GRT of 20,747. At two-thirds full, she would have had about 20,000 tons on board. Since she burned, capsized, and apparently was cut up in situ, it seems likely most of that oil was lost. It also seems likely that there were additional casualties ashore.