Just three hours after the loss of one Liberian supertanker,
the 239,410 dwt Albahaa B. on Thursday,April 3, 1980,
off the east coast of Africa, due to being ripped apart by massive explosions,
another met a similar fate off the west coast of the same continent.
This was the 238,889 dwt Liberian motor tanker Mycene.
She was on a ballast voyage from Genoa to Ras Tanura,
whenshe broke in two and sank off the coast of Sierra Leone
in lat 07.42N, long 15.10W,
after a series of huge explosions and fire.
One of her 33 man crew was lost.
The 32 survivors were picked up one hour after their vessel sank.
According to the master fo the Mycene,
his vessel was rocked by three explosions at about 11 am.
The first occurred in the forepart,
the second in the middle, while the third was unlocated.
The tanker then broke in two, with the forepart sinking immediately.
The after part, which caught fire, remained afloat
until sinking four hours later at 3 pm, following a further heavy explosion.