ETC puts the spill at 1,392,700B.
Cedre says the location of this spill is Spain?????
This is the third largest tanker spill of all time
in most lists.
S African environmental report says oil spilled
was a high quality crude oil with a specific gravity of 0.825,
high vapour pressure, and low viscosity.
It contained a high percentage of light fractions,
which, although making it fairly toxic,
also meant it was very volatile.
Slick was pushed offshore to the west.
Ship was delivered in 1978,
so unless the permanent ballast tanks were uncoated,
corrosion in unlikely to be a major cause,
On the other hand, there is no mention of heavy weather.
(Crack could have been sustained a week or so earlier.)
The port side takes the biggest beating going around the Cape.
Three killed indicates maybe somebody was working in the area
event tho it is 0130?
Also Captain was on the bridge at 0130??
1978 built VLCC probably was inerted,
but we need confirmation.
Lots of conflicting data but
this is probably a leak
into the port midships permanent ballast tank,
usually 3P on this size ship.
No info on possible ignition source.
Despite the fact that this was one of the 3 or 4 largest tanker spills of all time,
CTX has been unable to locate any official investigation report.
Flag state was Spain.