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SHIP NAME: Sitakund KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source CEDRE
type D
volume 500T
material bunker and ballast
dead 3
link http://www.le-cedre.fr/en/spill/sitakund/sitakund.php

Ship was in ballast Wilhelmshaven to Libya, three explosions,then grounded.


source LINK
type D
volume T
material
dead
link http://www.ournewhaven.uk

October 1968 saw Meeching's most famous incident involving the Norwegian tanker Sitakund. She caught fire in the shipping lanes off Beachy Head after three large explosions in her tanks. While the Royal Navy frigate HMS Mohawk was warning all vessels to keep clear, and the famous Dutch salvage tug Zwarte Zee was making frantic radio calls offering her assistance, Meeching quietly slipped in and made fast. It was my Dad who made the radio call saying simply "We have taken the casualty in tow, by the stern and are proceeding towards Eastbourne bay". This stunned Mohawk's radio operator into silence for a few moments and you could hear the gulp in his voice when he responded with "Roger, wait, out!"

The intention was to beach her off Pevensey, but towing a burning and sinking tanker is not an exact science! She eventually grounded on rocks off Eastbourne Promenade, prompting ridiculous comments from some of Eastbourne's councillors about her being deliberately placed there! For the next two days, Meeching led the fire fighting operations, along with the Dominant from Dover and personnel from Eastbourne Fire Brigade. Zwarte Zee did eventually turn up and, like Hermes, got too close. My Dad eventually called her up on VHF radio and threatened to turn high-pressure fire hoses on her if she didn't withdraw - she did!

With the fires out, Sitakund then became a tourist attraction for some time. The forward section was towed away in mid 1969 to Falmouth by the tug Englishman, but the burnt out stern section remained for some time longer before eventually being refloated and towed away to Spain.


source HOOKE
type D
volume 500T
material B
dead 3
link

While on a ballast voyage from Wilhelshaven to Libya, the Norwegian motor tanker Sitakund was ripped by three huge explosions, one of which blew a huge hole in the side, when in the English Channel off Beachy Head during the evening of October 20, 1968. She was abandoned in flames by her crew, three of whom were lost, while another 31 were taken to the hospital in Gosport, suffering from burns.


source CTX
type D
volume 500T
material B
dead 3
link

Probably related to pre-IG tank cleaning, but we need confirmation.