The spill volume is probably unfounded.
Using ETC's 7.33 B/T (incorrect) conversion factor for bunker fuel, 29320B is 4000T,
which probably is their "standard" figure
for unknown amount of bunkers on board a VLCC.
1330 GMT would be 1330 or 1230 ship time,
so in the working day.
Probably a tank cleaning explosion,
but why the large loss of life?
Hodgson, whose claim that the owner and his family were killed,
is not supported by other sources,
indicates that this was one of the casualties
that persuaded Lloyds to charge a 0.1% premium for non-inerted VLCC's.
This indicates (a) she was not inerted
despite having been delivered 7 years after the Mactra et al;
and (b) the owner was not so safety conscious.
How could a VLCC in ballast sink in 40 seconds?
Strange that a VLCC in ballast would produce a blazing oil slick.
A lot more questions then answers.
We need to check this out.
Did the Spanish do a report?
Believe this ship was a sister or near sister
of the Amoco Cadiz, Haven (Amoco Milford Haven) and Mycene.