While on a ballast passage from Aden to Kharg Island,
the Panamanian motor tanker Rover Star
was abandoned by her crew due to explosions and fire
occurring on board when in the Gulf of Aden about 30 miles off Muscat
in lat 24.06N, long 58.45E on October 16. 1984.
Three men were lost but the 32 survivors were picked up
by the steam tanker Sanko Creast.
Listing heavily and settling by the stern,
the Rover Star, almost broken in two
due to massive explosion damage midships, sank on October 19.
Earlier in 1984, the Rover Star had survived an Iraqi Exocet attack
while anchored one mile off Kharg Island on April 18.
After loading her crude oil cargo at Kharg,
she proceeded to Aden to discharge
before undergoing reepairs at Jebel Ali
to enable her to return to her regular run.