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SHIP NAME: Wilstar KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 1
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type D
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We have little firm on this structural failure other than a picture showing severe damage to the forepeak tank. The damage extends up to about 5 meters below the foredeck and back to the collision bulkhead. One source says the Captain said they were moving at reduced speed off Durban when they encountered one wave far larger than the average. Another source says 1.2 million in damage. It seems likely that the ship was in ballast at the time, but we don't know.

This causualty shows up in just about all the "rogue wave" lists.

There is no reason to doubt the Captain's statement, but the fact that the damage so clearly delineates the FP tank suggests that corrosion in that tank was likely a factor.

South Africa provided refuge for the damaged ship.