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SHIP NAME: General Colocotronis KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source SIS83
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Grounded Eleuthera after engine trouble in heavy swell, refloated scuttled.


source OSCH
type D
volume 37700B
material Venezuelan crude, diesel oil
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On March 7, 1968, the Greek tank vessel General Colocotronis ran aground on the east side of Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas. The vessel was loaded with approximately 119,000 barrels of Venezuelan crude oil. The hull was severely damaged during the grounding causing the vessel to spill approximately 37,000 barrels of oil into the Atlantic Ocean at a location one and one-half miles offshore. Approximately 72,500 barrels of oil were pumped from the vessel into another tanker, the Esso Margarita. Steam lines were rigged to heat the cargo to facilitate pumping. Moving the salvage vessels into position and offloading the remaining cargo was performed during extremely severe weather. Dive surveys reported that the keel was crushed and buckled and that there was extensive damage to the hull of the vessel. Salvage and response personnel decided that the only feasible action was to sink the General Colocotronis. Following the offloading operations, the cargo tanks were flushed with dispersants to remove the residual oil. The vessel was then towed out to deep water and sunk.

Approximately 37,000 barrels of crude oil rapidly spilled from the General Colocotronis. The resulting slick spread out along the coast and caused impacted recreational beaches and private residential shoreline. In addition to the spilled cargo, an unknown quantity of the vessel's diesel bunker fuel also leaked out. The oil impacted the sands of Eleuthera, in some cases penetrating deep into the beach sand and forming layers as thick as two inches. The coral reef was covered with oil. The slick offshore was 14 miles long by two miles wide.


source HOOKE
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material crude
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While on a voyage from Aruba to Palm Beach, FL loaded with 18,478 tons of crude oil, the Greek tanker General Colocotronis ran aground on a reef off James Point, Eleuthera in lat 25.24N, 76.19W on March 8, 1968. Her cargo begain to leak from numerous cracks inthe hull, causing a 5 mile long slick off the beaches of Eleuthera.