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SHIP NAME: El paso Paul Kayser KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
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CH-IV International June 29, 1979 125,000 m3 Paul Kayser Ran aground at 14 knots while maneuvering to avoid another vessel in the Strait of Gibraltar. Bottom damaged extensively. Vessel refloated and cargo transferred to sister ship, the El Paso Sonatrach. No LNG released.


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In 1979, the El Paso Paul Kayser, loaded with about 125,000 m3 LNG was steaming out of the Mediterranean Sea from an Algerian port. It was traveling at approximately 19 knots off the coast of Gibraltar when it struck a rock outcropping below surface and gouged a 750 foot long scar in the hull. The grounding did not penetrate the outer hull. [not true as photo shows]


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Stranded. Severe damage to bottom, ballast tanks, motors water damaged, bottom of containment system set up.

Stranded in Straits of Gibraltar. Was subsequently refloated and towed to harbour to discharge cargo. Vessel was dry-docked when survey revealed extensive damage.


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No cause info. The 19 knot speed is also in a DNV paper and seems much more likely than the 14 knot.

This was a membrane ship, so pushing up the outer hull undoubtedly pushed up the containment system as one of the MSC83/INF.3 sources says. But apparently the cargo tanks were not breached.

Dont know which harbor gave the ship refuge and a place to do the transfer. Unlikely this would happen today.