While loading a part cargo of crude oil
at an offshore berth 3 miles off Ras al Khafji, Saudi Arabia
on August 5, 1965, the Japanese steam tanker Kaizo Maru
was devastated by a series of explosions and subsequent fire.
She was towed off berth but ran aground six miles away,
still blazing, her back broken.
Nine Japanese including the master and four Arabs were killed
while a total of 32 other men were reported
to have been injured by the blasts.
The wreck of the Kaizo Maru, which had on board 21,900 tons
of crude oil that had previously been loaded at Ras Tanura
for Yokohama, and was completing the loading of a further 8,900 tons
at Ras al Khafji, continued to blaze from end to end for many days.