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SHIP NAME: Mycene KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source LMIU
type C
volume
material
dead 1
link

Explosions, on fire, broke in two, sank Apr 03 1980 in 7 42 N 15 10 W. One dead


source HOOKE
type C
volume
material
dead 1
link

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.


source ETC
type D
volume 29320B
material bunker fuel
dead
link


source CTX
type D
volume 29320B
material
dead 1
link

The spill volume is probably unfounded. Using ETC's incorrect conversion factor for bunker fuel, 29320B is 4000T, which probably is their "standard" figure for unknown amount of bunkers on board a VLCC.

1976 built VLCC must have been fitted with IGS but we need confirmation. Ship is a sister of Maria Alejandra, very similar casualty 3 weeks earlier.

Ship probably was tank cleaning, but we need confirmation. With only one death, it is unlikely anyone was in the tanks. Tankermen almost never go into a tank at sea alone. Best guess is bad inerting, during mechanical tank cleaning. This was almost certainly what happened to the Albahaa B.

What is really weird is that we had three of these kind of casualties, almost identical, in less than a three week period. Perhaps weirder is two almost identical Liberian flag casualties in three hours, yet no public flag state investigation.