On January 31, 1977, while on a ballast passage from Fos to Brazil,
a violent explosion ripped though the Nos. 7, 8, 9, and 10 tanks
of the 152,719 dwt Liberian ore/bulk/oil steamship
west of Essaouria, Morocco,in lat 31.36N,long 11.00W.
Nine men lost their lives.
The 30 survivors, including those seriously injured,
were picked up by the roll-on, roll off motor ferry Juan March.
The injured were then air lifted by helicopter
to hospital in Las Plamas.
The Exotic with her last four holds blown up
and fumes still escaping from the hatches and accommodations,
the drifted aground between Essaouria and Cap Sim
in lat 31.28.30N, long 09.40.00W.
She was refloated on February 5 by three tugs
and was then towed to Lisbon
where she underwent an examination in a dry dock.
She was declared a CTL and scrapped.
She had been insured for $15 million.