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SHIP NAME: Silver Ocean KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source OSIR
type C
volume 18000T
material
dead
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Breaking and sinking in bad weather Puts location at 29.53S, 30.56E, off Durban.


source HOOKE
type C
volume
material
dead 14
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14 men lost their lives when the Liberian motor tanker Silver Ocean which was on a voyage from Kharg Island to Apapa/Lagos fully loaded with crude oil broke in two in heavy seas after a fire on board NE of Durban in lat 29.03S, long 33.38E on April 17, 1970. The forepart sank soon afterwards while 26 of the Hong Kong-Chinese crewmen on the almost submerged afterpart were rescued by the motor vessel S.A. Nederburg.


source CTX
type A
volume 21MML
material
dead 14
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Ship was 18,3000 DWT. Marime casualty database South Africa, says, 145 m west (sic) of Durban, explosion, sank The fire must have been forward. CTX's suspects the fire was an effect and not a cause of the structural failure, but we need more info.