There were only three survivors from the 31 man crew
of the French motor bulk carrier Emmanuel Delmas
when she caught fire following a collision in dense fog
with the Italian motor tanker Vera Berlingieri
about 18 miles off Fiumicino on June 26,1979.
Both vessels became locked together, blazing fiercely,
while explosions occurred due to the cargo of the Italian vessel
feeding the flames.
The Vera Berlingieri, La Spezia from Vibo Valentia,
was loaded with aviation fuel, diesel oil, pertoleum distillate
while the Emmanuel Delmas had been on a voyage from Doulala
to Sete, loaded with general cargo and logs.
After being pulled apart,
the Vera Berlingieri sank in lat 41.53N, long 11.46E.
One man was lost from her crew.
The Emmanuel Delmas, her accommodation area completely gutted
and her bow ripped and torn, was towed to Civitavecchia,
then to Toulon.
After being declared a CTL, she was sold to Greek buyers,
and returned to service in 1980 as the Good Challenger.