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SHIP NAME: Aries KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
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Fire in engine-room, extinguished Feb 06 1980 in 24 40 N 84 W Towed in Feb 11. Repaired Sold to be broken up.


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The 36 year old American turbo-electric tanker Aries was en route from Houston to Norfolk, Virginia, loaded with 23,282 tons of light No 6 fuel oil and 700 tons of bunker C oil, when a fire broke out in her engine room while in the Gulf of Mexico about 60 miles west of Dry Tortugas in lat 24.40N, long 84.00W on February 6, 1980. With the fire spreading, most of her crew abandoned ship in lifeboats, leaving 11 on board who had volunteered to fight the fire. When they had successfully brought the blaze under control, two of them had to be airlifted to hospital in Key West by helicopter, one with a broken arm, the other suffering from smoke inhalation.


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Ship towed to Jacksonville, where the cargo was transferred to another ship. No mention of any spill. She was declared a CTL. Owners bought the ship from underwriters and renamed her Scorpio. The main propulsion motor had to be rewound so maybe the initial failure was here, but we dont know.