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SHIP NAME: Gunvor Maersk KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source ETC
type L
volume 109950B
material fuel oil
dead
link


source HOOKE
type D
volume Y
material C
dead
link

The 32,056 dwt Danish motor tanker Gunvor Maersk was on a voyage from Santos to the River Amazon port of Manaus, loaded with a 22,000 ton cargo of diesel oil, gasoline, and kerosense, when, as a result of striking a submerged object in Manaus Roads on October 27, 1979, she was ripped by explosions and fire. With the fire spreading rapidly through her entire length, all her crew members abandoned ship. Several minor explosions occurred as she continued to burn for eight days before being extinguished on November 4. The wrecked vessel settled to the bottom of the river, causing some pollution from her shattered tanks.

With her engine room flooded and substantial bottom damage having been caused, the Gunvor Maersk was declared a constructive total loss.


source CTX
type L
volume 20MML
material C
dead
link

ITOPF has the spill at 16,000 tons "white products", which is the number CTX is using.

It would be nice to have some confirmation of the submerged object striking. However, for now CTX is reluctantly accepting this story. Ship was almost certainly not inerted, but we need confirmation.

According to the usually reliable Miramar Ship Index, the ship was repaired and called the Titipor. ETC and some derivative sources have two spills in Oct 1979, in nearly the same location, one for the Gunvor Maersk, and one under the name Titipor (no day, just month). CTX is assuming that these are the same spill.