While on a ballast passage from Port du Bouc to Taranto,
an explosion occured in the forward section of the Liberian motor tanker Blossom
when about 50 miles west of Sardinia on December 31, 1980.
Thirty of her 31 man crew were safely picked up
by the Russian motor tanker Split, which took them to Lavera,
but one man was lost.
The two sections on the Blossonm drifted apart, the bow section sinking.
The stern section was then taken in tow by tugs but,
because of bad weather conditions, she broke from the two,
and drifted aground near Cap Farina on January 11, 1981.