On June 24, 1986, while at the Algerian port of Skikda,
loading gas oil, the Bahamian tanker Southern Cross
exploded and caught fire,
believed to be due to gas igniting in the vessel's No 14 tank.
Such was the devastation from the violence of the explosion
that all the deck structure was demolished
and the berth's loading installations also sustained damage.
Three South Korean crewmen died
while the other 24 were hospitalized with various injuries
after jumping overboard into the water.
After being towed offshore,
the Southern Cross then drifted aground on a reef west of Skikda
where her hull broke in two.
Insured for USD 9.5MM, the wrecked vessel was declared a CTL.