Nine men were reported to be missing
after explosion and fire in an empty No 9 centre tank
during tank cleaning operations on board the Panamanian steam tanker
Thorland east of Mombasa in lat 03.34S, long 45.15E on June 9, 1970.
The remaining 52 crewmen all abandoned the vessel,
which was on a ballast voyage from Durban to Kharg Island.
They were picked up by the Swedish bulk/oil vessel Bjorne Ragne,
which landed them in Mombasa.
The salvage tug Bremen found that the tanker had a huge hole
60 feet by 30 feet on her port side above and below the waterline,
and that her deck and bridge structure had sustained serious damage.
Ship was refused entry into Mombasa,
then was towed to Porto Amelia, Mozambique,
declared a CTL and sold.
She broke in two under tow and the forepart sunk in lat 15.10S, long 41.00E.
The afterpart was salvage and joined to the forepart of the Wafra
to form a new vessel which was called Achillet.