While en route from Khor al Amaya to Montevidea
loaded with 25,000 tons of crude oil,
the Liberian motor tanker Alkis arrived off
the small Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha
on about July 6, 1971,
after a storm had caused severe cracks in her deck plating
and also buckled several tanks.
When the master reported that his vessel was unable
to proceed any further without tug assistance,
the salvage tug Statesman arrived
and prepared the tanker for towage
but as the weather again deteriorated
she was abandoned by the 37 men onboard.
The Statesman then began to tow the Alkis
toward Cape Town but, leaking heavily,
the tanker sank about 650 miles from Tristan da Cunha
in about lat 33.01S, long 02.41W on July 30.