The Bristish motor tanker Globe Asimi was loading
a cargo of boiler fuel at the Baltic Sea port of Klaipeda,
when she was ordered out of port by the authorities
on November 20, 1981, due to approaching bad weather conditions.
Refusing to comply at first
because his engineering officers were ashore,
the master finally agreed when winds reached gale force.
Loaded with 16,493 tons of boiler fuel,
the Globe Asimi left her terminal berth
with tug assistance the following day,
but the heavy seas forced the vessel aground on the north breakwater rocks
outside the port in lat 55.43.49N, long 21.04.58E.
The crew was rescued but, breaking into three sections,
the tanker's cargo was immediately released into the sea,
causing serious pollution problems
to the whole of the port of Klaipeda.
thousands of people were reported to have assisted
in clearing up the slick,
which spread 25 miles along the coast and 12 miles out into Kurski Bay.