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SHIP NAME: PNOC Basilan KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source LMIU
type C
volume
material
dead 6
link

Explosion, on fire Nov 26 1983, off La Union Province Sank later same day in 16 21 05 N 120 19 02 E. Six crew missing


source ETC
type C
volume 125000B
material kerosene and gasoline
dead
link


source HOOKE
type A
volume
material kerosene and gasoline
dead 6
link

The Philippine motor tanker PNOC Basilan was en route from Bataan to Poro Point, loaded with 125,000 barrels of kerosene and gasoline, when she sank off Agoo, west coast of Luzon in lat 16.21.05N, long 120,19.02E on November 26, 1983, after an explosion and a major fire broke out on board when she was struck by huge waves that forced open a tank cover. 39 of her crew were safely picked up by USAF helicopters but another six men remained missing, presumed drowned. The wreck was raised during 1984 and, after her remaining cargo had been pumped out, was then scrapped.


source CTX
type C
volume 125000B
material G
dead 6
link

Not sure what to make of the Hooke account. Pure tankers don't have "tank covers", but it sure sounds like some sort of structural failure. Ship was probably uninerted, which would not have helped. Need more info.