The Greek steam tanker Asphalt Merchant was inward bound
to Tripoli from Pireaus in a loaded condition,
when she ran aground off Tripoli on April 8, 1980.
After being refloated six days later,
she discharged her cargo then proceeded to Tampa
Only temporary repairs were effected, however,
and she then resumed trading but when returning to Tampa
in December a further examination in dry dock
revealed that extensive bottom damage had been sustained.
She was declared a CTL.