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SHIP NAME: Fina Norvege KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source Woinin
type A
volume 6500T
material
dead 0
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In the CTX data, I found there is no mention of the 6500 ton spill of the Belgian tanker Fina Norvege on the Cani Rocks near the coast of Tunisia (Approx 37.20N 10.05E).

I could not find much information about this grounding, but heard several times a sad story from sailing Belgian colleagues.

Apparently there was some conflict going on between the watch officer and the master who possibly put a wrong or incomplete course on the chart bringing the ship to the Cani Rocks. The mate saw this and tried to warn the master, but failed to change the course on time because the captain did not come to the bridge to put a new course.

If this is true and up to now I never heard another version, it casts a dark light on the behavior of some Belgian deck officers of these days, that is perhaps why so little publicity has been given to this incident.


source OSIR
type C
volume 6500T
material
dead
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Says grounding but puts location at Sardinia 40.08N, 9.05E.


source CTX
type C
volume 6500T
material
dead 0
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This one year old, 35,000 dwt ship was owned by Petrofina. She had loaded at Kharg Island and was headed for Wilhelmshaven via Suez.

Cedre also puts this spill at 6500 t, and apes OSIR is saying the grounding was on Sardinia. The Woinin location is backed up by a contemporary clipping from Lloyds List and the fact that Sardinia is well off the Suez Canal to Gibraltar route.