On March 29, 1981, while anchored in Tarragona Roads
awaiting a berth to discharge her cargo of 18,000 tonnes of naptha
that had been loaded at Sarroch,
an explosion occurred in the engine room
of the Greek motor tanker Cavo Cambanos
which was immediately followed by a fire
which quickly spread through the vessel.
She was abandoned by her crew, five of whom were lost.
Tugs assisted in fire-fighting operations, but,
in view of the imminent danger of sinking,
the Cavo Cambanos was towed 26 miles out to sea,
where the fire was eventually extinguished.
However, on April 4, she turned turtle,
remaining afloat with her bow out of the water.
She drifted in the western Med for over 3 months
before being deliberately sunk by a French Navy commando team
using explosives under the hull
about 95 miles off Corsica in lat 41.19N, long 6.16E on July 5.