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SHIP NAME: Mezada KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 5
source Japanese FSA
type D
volume
material
dead 24
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Hatch cover washed away. No 1 hold flooded and foundered. Potash loaded.


source IMO
type D
volume
material
dead 24
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Foundered about 76 miles east of Bermuda in lat 31.58N, long 62.55W on 8/3/81 after taking water and flooding in No 1 hold in heavy weather on 7/3/81. 12 crew dead and 12 missing. Vessel lost a hatch to No 1 hold on 7/3/81 in heavy weather, which consequently flooded.


source HOOKE
type A
volume
material
dead 24
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A total of 24 of the 35 crew on the Israeli motor bulk carrier Mezada lost their lives when the vessel sank about 76 miles east of Bermuda in lat 31.58N, long 62.55W on March 8, 1981 after taking in water in very severe weather conditions. The Mezada had been on a voyage from Haifa to Baltimore, carrying a cargo of potash. The 11 survivors were picked up by a number of vessels that had arrived to search the area.


source ROSS
type A
volume
material
dead 24
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Ross indicates lifeboat(s) were launched, says 24 of 35 saved.


source CTX
type D
volume
material
dead 24
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Hatch cover loss can be cause or effect. The hatch cover can fail and allow the hold to flood. Or the hold floods, the tank is over-pressured, and the hatch cover is blown off. In most accounts, difficult to determine which happened first.