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SHIP NAME: Grand Eagle KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source OSCH
type A
volume 10357B
material Ninian crude
dead 0
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At 2330 on September 28, 1985, the Panamanian Tank Vessel Grand Eagle, loaded with 530,659 barrels of Ninian Crude oil, ran aground in the Delaware River near Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania. A cargo tank ruptured causing the release of 10,370 barrels of oil into the waterway, impacting a 12 mile section of the river and the surrounding shoreline. The weather at the time of the accident was clear with broken cloud coverage. Winds were NNW at 17-21 knots and the temperature was 68F. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) was notified immediately. The On-Scene Coordinator (OSC) supervised all response and cleanup operations from September 28 to November 8, 1985. The Grand Eagle was freed from its grounding site at 0040, September 29 and was moved to the Sun Oil Company Refinery at Marcus Hook where the remaining cargo was offloaded. The OSC authorized movement of the vessel with tug escort to Pennsylvania Shipbuilding in Chester, Pennsylvania to begin repairs on the damaged cargo tank. Oil was boomed away from the vessel before beginning the moving operation, and a skimmer remained with the vessel to collect any oil lost during transit. The vessel was moved without incident, and there was no significant loss of oil from the containment area.


source ERC
type D
volume 435,000G
material
dead
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This source calls the ship Amersham, which was he subsequent name


source CAHILL_G
type D
volume
material
dead 0
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Ship lost power turning into Marcus Hook Channel. Pilot had stopped the engine, and then ordered dead slow ahead. But engine did not restart. Interlock tubing to the compressed air control device which regulated the fuel flow to the main engine fractured.

It turned out the brackets supporting the pneumatic lines were missing. ABS inspection just a few weeks earlier in August failed to picked this up.


source CTX
type A
volume 10357B
material crude
dead 0
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Cahill makes much of the fact that pilot was slow to pick up on power loss due to lack of comminication between Taiwanese crew and himself. Probably did not make much difference.

The NTSB report is NTIS PB87-916410, but CTX has not yet seen.

Miramar says ship had a dwt of 81,281 and grt of 35,891.