The Panamanian motor tanker Riva I
was being used on the Ras Shukheir-Eilat service
when she was seriously damaged by a fire that broke out
in her accommodation during discharge of her 60,000 ton
crude oil cargo at Eilat into the pipeline to Ashkelon
on December 10, 1981.
Two officers and a seaman risked their lives
when closing 28 valves to cut off the flow of oil.
The blazing vessel was then towed out some 10 miles
south of Eilat where fire fighting operations
were conducted to stop the flames reaching the cargo tanks.
Two Filipino crewmen died and another three were slightly injured
before the fire was extinguished on December 11.
Experts reported that at the centre of the blase,
the heat had reached 2,220C.
The bridge had completely melted and disappeared.
With the accommodation and engine room gutted,
the Riva I was declared a CTL, towed to Taiwan, and scrapped.