Breaking and sinking in bad weather
Puts location at 29.53S, 30.56E, off Durban.
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.
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.