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SHIP NAME: Tekton KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 2
source HOOKE
type A
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The Liberian motor tanker Tekton was on a ballast voyage from Falmouth to Bandar Mahshahr when she was involved in a major collision in dense fog with the 101,600 dwt Norwegian bulk/oil motor vessel Obo Queen about nine miles south of Cape St. Francis, near Port Elizabeth, on October 10, 1974. Explosions and fire immediately erupted through the Liberian vessel, which was abandoned by her 41 man crew. They were all rescued by a local coaster. The Tekton which was cut completely through to the centerline in way of No 3 tank, was then towed by fishing vessels to Port Elizabeth Roads where she was handed over to the tug Friesland. The tow toward Durban commenced on october 30 but the Tekton broke in two on November 9-10 in lat 31.13S,long 31.35E.

The fire on the Obo Queen was quickly extinguished by her crew. She managed to proceed to Port Elizabeth with extensive bow and forecastle damage.


source CTX
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ETC says spill volume was 3665 barrels of bunkers.

Obo Queen was clearly the hitter, but we have no cause info. Sounds like Tekton was hit near midships. We can be confident she was not inerted.

Tekton was 15,807 GRT with a beam of 77 feet. So the penetration was at least 38 feet or 11.4 meters.