While en route from Constantza to Egypt in ballast,
explosions and fire ripped through the Nos. 3 and 4 tanks
of the 163,647 dwt Romanian motor tanker Unirea
on October 13, 1982
when in the Black Sea off Cape Kaliakra, Bulgaria.
Two of her crew died as a result.
A helicopter picked up one survivor from the sea
while the remaining survivors were located in lifeboats
by another Romanian vessel.
The fire raged for 10 hours before being extinguished
with tug assistance,
after which the badly damaged vessel was taken in tow for Constantza,
but she broke in two and sank about 35 miles east of Cape Emine on October 14.