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SHIP NAME: Blossom KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 5
source LMIU
type C
volume
material
dead 1
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Explosion 50 miles W of Sardinia Dec 31, vessel broke in two amidships Stern section taken in tow by tugs but due weather conditions broke tow and ran aground near Cap Farina Bow section presumed sank. One missing.


source Hooke
type C
volume
material
dead 1
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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.


source REMPEC
type A
volume Unknown
material Bunkers, Fuel Oil unspecified
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Unsuccessful towage toward Sardinia before grounding occured. Pumping of remaining fuel in tanker.

Part sank, part grounded, Quantity spilled not known.


source ETC
type D
volume 3665B
material Bunker fuel
dead
link


source CTX
type C
volume Y
material B
dead 1
link

When a ship breaks in two from a fire, it almost certainly is a tank fire/explosion. Key question: was the cause of the TX a structural problem, or bad IGS, or hotwork or ????? Not at all clear what ETC's volume is based on?

Newton, page 59 says Russian tanker Split saved 30 crew members.