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SHIP NAME: Agios Giorgis KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 2
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All 29 persons on board the Greek motor bulk carrier Agios Giorgis were lost when their vessel sank off Inudo Saki in lat 34.13N, long 152.13E, on Janaury 11, 1980, when her holds flooded due to her hull cracking in heavy weather conditions. The 29 included 26 crewmen, two of their wives and one child. The Agios Giorgis, which had been on a voyage from New Haven to Mizushima loaded with 25,000 tons of scrap, had a hull and machinery value of USD4mm.


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This saga starts when the ship loads metal turnings in Chicago, 1979-08-22. US Courts subsequently found that the cargo was loaded over temperature and without being treated against combustion. The ship then proceeded to New Haven to load more scrap at which point it was discovered that the turnings were on fire. The ship was moved to Newark by which time the fire had spread to all holds. Temperatures eventually reached in excess of 1100F. The fires were eventually put out and the entire cargo discharged. This was finished 1979-11-09.

The vessel was on time charter, and the time charterer, Luria Brothers, was liable to the owners for repairs to the ship from the fire damage. Luria then loaded the ship with heavy scrap for Japan, in part because the cost of repairs would be much cheaper than in the USA.

The ship left Newark on 1979-11-29 with 29 souls including the Captain's wife and infant son. She passed thru the Canal, bunkered at LA, and proceeded across the Pacific.

On 1980-01-07, she sent out a distress call saying "Indicate crack in No 5 hold. Water under control. Please attend." The Nichiin Maru responded and was told that the AG had two large cracks in No 5 hold, a 5 degree list, but she had the water under control. Several hours later the AG said one of the cracks was now 4 or 5 feet long. The next day she sent out another distress signal as the weather deteriorated to a full gale. The signal said water was rushing into two holds. In the early hours of January 11, she sank in view of the Hoegh Miranda, but there were no survivors.

There is apparently no record of how much damage the fire did to the structure nor of Class's role in allowing the ship to sail. For now CTX is calling this a simple Hull Failure, but we probably have not got to the root cause.