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SHIP NAME: Maria Bacolitsa KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source HOOKE
type A
volume
material
dead 37
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Carrying a cargo of 22,000 tons of pig iron from Vitoria, Brazil to Constantza, the Greek motor bulk carrier Maria Bacolitsa passed the Bosporus at 0728 om March 1, 1980, bound into the Black Sea, advising that her ETA was 2300 local time that day. She subsequently communicated at 9 PM via VHF with another vessel that was in Constantza Roads requesting information about weather conditions, but then at 2204, she sent out an SOS while off the coast of Romania.

No trace of the vessel or her approximately 30 man crew was immediately found. In fact, it was not until May 2 that a diver located the wreck, lying sunk in about 40 m of water about 3.5 miles off the coast near Constantza in lat 43.53.06N, long 28.46.54E. No survivors were ever found.


source Japan FSA
type A
volume
material
dead 26
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Foundered (detail unknown). Pig iron loaded.


source CTX
type D
volume
material
dead 26
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A complete mystery. Water is too deep for grounding. No info on weather conditions. Based on Japan FSA, calling cause probable hull failure for now,