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SHIP NAME: Juan Lavalleja KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source REMPEC
type A
volume 39000T
material Crude Oil
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Grounding. Cargo transferred. Vessel refloated by filling tanks with inert gas. Towage to Marseille.

Vessel parted cables during storm. Little damage compared to those caused by storm.


source OSIR
type D
volume 37279T
material condensate
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Says grounding, parted cables during storm. Spells ship name Juan Antonio Lavalleja, and says date is 29th.


source ETC
type D
volume 260952B
material condensate
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source CTX
type C
volume 39000T
material G
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Not in Hooke, so ship probably survived.

REMPEC's date is 1980-12-28; ETC date is 1980-12-29. Several sources have this ship as the Juan A. Lavalleja. ITOPF says 38,000 tons of LPG residue. But elsewhere ITOPF says 30,000 tons of condensate. And yet another ITOPF document says 28,000 tons spillage. after striking a breakwater at port of Arzew

The REMPEC entry is pretty cryptic, but for now CTX is interpreting this as came unmoored while loading. Most seamen reserve the word cables for the anchor cables. But it is clear that she was well into the loading process, so it is unlikely she was anchored. Most likely she was at the SeaLine berth which is a Conventional Buoy Mooring. Need confirmation.

REMPEC claims ship was 131663 dwt, which is very, very big to be loading condensate????

But ship with condensate (very light volatile hydrocarbon) goes aground on a breakwater, badly holed, and no fire????? Something smells. Need lots more information on this very large spill. Looks like Gogo Rambler broke her moorings at Oran in the same storm.