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SHIP NAME: Borag KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 5
source SIS83
type D
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Grounded 3 mi off Keelung with pilot onboard, broke in two, sank.


source OSCH
type D
volume 213690B
material No 4 Fuel Oil
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On February 7, the Borag grounded on Hsin Lai Reef off Keelung, Taiwan while en-route to the Chinese Petroleum Corporation (CPC) oil terminal at Shen Ao. On February 15, heavy weather caused the vessel to break up and sink, releasing more oil. Approximately 213,690 barrels of No. 4 Fuel Oil leaked from the vessel.

No. 4 fuel oil has an API gravity of about 16.5. Most of the oil drifted out to sea, but 60 miles of sand beaches and rocky shores along Taiwan's northern coast were oiled. A large amount of oil entered the Keelung Harbor, causing welding to be prohibited for fear of igniting a fire. Oil was trapped in a number of small fishing village harbors and accumulated to a thickness of up to four inches.


source HOOKE
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While proceeding from Mena Saud to Shenao, Taiwan loaded with 33,068 tons of fuel oil, the Kuwaiti steam tanker Borag ran aground on rocks between Keelung Tao and Yeh-Liu in lat 25.12N, long 121.44E on Feb 7, 1977. Her amidships and engine room flooded and there was heavy leakage of oil into the sea that eventually polluted some 44 miles of coastline. the 37 French crewman were safely taken ashore. Subsequent continuous heavy weather caused pounding damage, resulting in the wreck sinking on February 15th.

Ironically, after he scheduled discharge operations at Shenao, the Borag was to have been broken up at Kaohsiung, having been previously sold to Taiwanese shipbreakers.


source ETC
type D
volume 191923B
material fuel oil
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source CTX
type D
volume 33.9MML
material F
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We have no cause info; but we can sure that no money was being spent on maintenance, and that crew morale and motivation was low.