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SHIP NAME: Dauntless Colocotronis KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source ETC
type D
volume 15000B
material arab light
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source HOOKE
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While approaching the Tenneco Oil Company wharf, near New Orleans on July 22, 1977, loaded with a cargo of 50,000 tons of Arabian light crude oil that had been pumped on board at Freeport, Bahamas, the Greek motor tanker Dauntless Colocotronis struck the three year old wreck of a sunken LASH barge, resulting in a fire occurring in the pump room that rapidly spread to the engine room. This was caused by the fracturing of a bottom plate that permitted crude oil from a cargo tank to enter the pump room. The oil then spread to the engine room. The tanker was then anchored at Mile 89 in the River Mississippi, 15 miles downriver from New Orleans, the 34 crewmen abandoning their blazing vessel, and safely swimming to a nearby dock. After burning out of control for six hours, the fire was eventually extinguished. The engine room, pump room, and accommodation were all severely fire and water damaged.


source NTSB abstract
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About 0500 CDT on July 22, 1977, the Greek tankship M/V DAUNTLESS COLOCOTRONIS, carrying 48,741 long tons of crude oil, was upbound in the Mississippi River about 4 miles below New Orleans, Louisiana, when it struck a sunken barge. The bottom plating of the COLOCOTRONIS was fractured, permitting cargo oil from the tanker's No. 5 center tank to enter its pumproom. Within minutes, cargo oil penetrated into the tanker's engineroom and ignited. The fire spread from the engineroom to the accommodation spaces through a door which had been tied open. All 35 persons on board escaped from the vessel; 2 persons were slightly injured. Fire damage in the accommodation spaces, water damage in the engineroom, and bottom structural damage was estimated to be $6 million. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the fracturing of the bottom plating of the M/V DAUNTLESS COLOCOTRONIS as it dragged over a sunken barge, which had been declared a hazard to navigation but which had not been marked by the barge owner or the U.S. Coast Guard and had not been removed by the barge owner or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


source CTX
type A
volume 4500T
material C
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Multiple screws up. Why was the barge not marked, removed? Surely the pilot knew about it?

The NTSB report number is NTSB-MAR-78-5 (NTIS PB-284333/2ST) but CTX has seen only the above abstract.

Double bottom might have helped, but we need depth of pentration.