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SHIP NAME: Islas Orcadas KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source HOOKE
type A
volume
material G
dead 4
link

Just after midnight on May 6, 1968, while loading petrol at Ensenada, La Plata, the Argentinian motor tanker Islas Orcadas was destroyed by a massive explosion and sank alongside the pier. Burning debris from the wreck rained down upon two other Argentine tankers in the vicinity, Fray Luis Beltran and the Cutral Co, both of which loaded with oil also caught fire, exploded, and sank. Shore installations also sustained heavy damage. The fire started in a hose being used to pump petrol on board the Islas Orcadas, which had already loaded 12,000 tons at the time. Four crewmen were lost in the blast, which also shattered every single window within a radius of over two miles, while another two men were injured. Fortunately most of the crew memebers of all three tankers had been on shore leave at the time.


source OSIR
type A
volume 3528000G
material
dead
link


source LINK
type D
volume
material G
dead 4
link http://www.histamar.com.ar/Navfragios/RiodelaPlata/LaPlata-1.htm

LINK IS BROKEN 200807. This Argentine source blames the casualty on a ruptured hose, also says four killed. Does not say anything about spill, maybe because most of the lost oil burned.

This source lists two other killer explosions at tanker terminals in the LaPlata, San Blas 1944-09-27, Florentino Ameghibo, 1961-02-23.


source CTX
type C
volume 12000T
material
dead 4
link

There must have been a very big spill. The other two ships were also about 20,000 tons dwt. The OSIR estimate of 12,000 tons is the only number we have. The killed/injured toll is unbelievely low.