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SHIP NAME: Ioannis Angelicoussis KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source ETC
type L
volume 220000B
material crude
dead
link


source OSIR
type D
volume 31429T
material Ce
dead
link

Says Caught fire while loading, explosion


source HOOKE
type D
volume
material C
dead 4
link

On August 16, 1979, while at the Cabinda Gulf Oil Co. single point mooring at Malongo, having just completed loading a 220,000 barrel crude oil cargo for Puerto Rico, an explosion and fire occurred in the forward part of the Greek motor tanker Ioannis Angelicoussis that resulted in the deaths of three crewmen and one worker from the terminal. After the surviving crewmen abandoned the ship, the blazing vessel was towed 90 miles out to sea where the fire was extinguished.

Howerver, further explosions occurred on August 20 in lat 06.16S 11.33E causing her to list heavily, on fire from stem to stern and with an enormous amount of oil pouring out of her, She begain drifting, partially submerged, until she sank following another massive explosion NW Pointe Noire in lat 04.32S, 10.43E on September 4.


source CTX
type L
volume 32000T
material C
dead
link

Sounds like they were doing the after-load cargo survey. The one terminal worker killed may have been a cargo surveyor. He would have been accompanied by a couple of ship's crew including the Chief Mate. In a ship of this era, they would have had to take IG pressure off (if she had IG) and open the tank lid for this job. To speed the process often the ship will open a number of tank lids at the same time. At that point, all we need is a source of ignition. Need more info.