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SHIP NAME: Cavo Cambanos KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 7
source LMIU
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Explosion in engine-room, on fire Mar 29 1981, 4 miles off Tarragona Fire extinguished, towed out Mar 30 Further explosions, again on fire, extinguished Apr 2 Turned turtle, adrift Apr 7 Deliberately sunk Jul 5 in 41 19 N 06 16 E.


source HOOKE
type A
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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.


source REMPEC
type D
volume 18000T
material refined oil products
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Says type was "fire/explosion"

After drifting for 3 months and entering French waters, French Navy scuttled the vessel off Corsica. Cargo released in open sea off Corsica. Most of spill evaporated.


source CEDRE
type D
volume 23283T
material white products
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Give cause as "engine failure".


source ETC
type D
volume 148976B
material naptha
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source MSC 49/15, Annex 2
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MSC Summary of Greek report says Extensively damaged by fire after an explosion at Taragona. Subsequently capsized and scuttled. While awaiting discharge of naptha, cargo fire broke out in No 2 generator room. Leakage of gas from cargo into engine room caused explosion. Ship capsized whilst under tow but remained afloat and was sunk by warship 150 miles West of Sardinia 1891-07-05. There is a reference to MSC 48/12 No 39. Greeks transliterate this ship's name to Kavo Kambanos.


source CTX
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volume 18000T
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Summary of Greek report is totally muddled. A cargo fire in a generator room. For cargo to leak into engine room, must have leak in pump room, and then another leak from pump room to engine room.

Cedre's "engine failure" is obviously no help.

This is a rare case of a tanker capsizing before sinking. Need to find out why Very strange response. Why did they let the ship drift for three months and then sink it with the cargo on-board. Need more info.