On Apirl 8, 1985, while on a ballast passage from New York to Venezuela,
an explosion in a cargo tank of the Panamanian motor tanker Fuji
when about 20 miles SE of Cape Hatteras in lat 32.30N, long 71.30W,
blew a 250 ft hole in the port side
extending from deck level to below the waterline
and a smaller hole on the starboard side.
The resultant fire was soon extinguished.
The Fuji was then abandoned by her 27 surviving crew members
when she developed a list.
Two men who were tank cleaning at the time of the explosion, remained missing.
The 200 ft bow section of the tanker broke off in way of No 5 tank
on April 14, sinking in under one hour in lat 35.10.33N,
The stern was later towed into Newport News on April 20, and after
being declared a CTL was sold and towed to Jacksonville,
where it remained in an unrepaired laid-up condition for many years,
The Fuji had a hull and machinery insurance value of USD 11 million.