Volumes range from low of 82000T (Intertanko) to high of 125000T.
Itopf says abt 100,000 tons, and OECD says 102,000T.
Greek Coast Guard says 103,000 of which about 80,000 burned.
Since ship was a 105,000 dwt, latter seems reasonable
assuming fully loaded.
There have been hints
that the owners had or were stealing cargo.
But the CTX has seen no evidence supporting this.
Sparks from anchor being lowered won't generate any fire
on a sound ship.
The nearest cargo is 30 meters away.
At 1630 tanks are starting to cool,
so there will not be any vapor on deck even if inerting is screwed up.
They wouldn't be doing anything on deck halfway thru the loaded passage.
CTX believes that the
most likely cause is wastage in forepeak permanent ballast tank
which allowed cargo to leak into forepeak or fwd FO tank
which then vents on deck near the windlesses.
Now a spark from the chain being lowered can cause a fire.
Something very similar happened to the Oceanic Grandeur in Singapore
later in the year.
For now calling this a probable leak
into segregated ballast tank.
See also Athenian Pride.
If the inerting had not been screwed,
then the fire should not have spread,
or at least not so quickly.
We need more info.
Under Greek law the Ministry of Marine
must do an investigation report all Greek flag casualties
and all major casualties in Greek waters.
But Greece is more interested in being a flag state
than a coastal state.
So all such investigation reports are kept carefully confidential.
It appears that the Greek reports are not even sent to IMO.
If the Greeks did do a good job of investigation this casualty,
the results are useless.