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SHIP NAME: Nova KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 2
source NAVIAS
type A
volume
material crude
dead 0
link

Iran's difficulties were further compounded when the shuttle tankers Nova (later Rova) and Magnum, travelling without lights to avoid detection, collided, apparently while avoiding a real or imagined missile attack.


source CTX
type A
volume 70000T
material crude
dead 0
link

This collision shows up on most lists as one of the top 50 spills of all time. Spill volumes range from 68000 to 72800 tons. But CTX has noidea where this came from.

Navias makes no mention of a spill. Navias does not mention of fire. Apparently no one was killed. Both ships survived. Magnum was later Exoceted at Kharg, 19860807, 2 killed, CTL. Nova was later called Rova. Nova/Rova was Exoceted 19871010, 6 killed.

We have almost no info on this big spill Strangely this casualty is not in Hooke. Apparently, there was a Norwegian arbitration, but the CTX has not seen this document. The Arbitrator ruled that the collision was a marine risk and not a war risk, citing World War I convoy precedents. The Luce Library at SUNY may have some info. Hints that collision was close to Kharg.

As it is, CTX regards the spill volume as highly suspect. It is unlikely that more than one of the ships was loaded. To generate a spill this size, the loaded ship would have had to been the hittee and at least three, probably four tanks would have had to been badly breached. Very hard to do this without a fire. And it would not have paid to repair a ship that was this badly damaged in the prevailing market.