16 men were reported to have been killed on the 233,788 dwt
Iranian steam tanker on August 12, 1986,
in what was, to that date, the most devastating Iraqi attack
on the vital Iranian crude oil exporting trade
when Iraqi jets fired missiles into 3 huge tankers
moored at Sirri Island in the southern Gulf.
Two Exocets struck the Azarpad shortly after she had berthed
after arriving from Kharg Island fully loaded with crude oil
after her shuttle run.
One missile hit her deck near the bridge
and the other struck No 1 crude storage tank,
causing a violent explosion and fire.
There were five big explosions in total,
causing so much damage to the Azarpad that she broke her back,
having to be beached to prevent her from sinking.
Palls of thick, black smoke rose from the wrecked tanker,
which was enveloped in sheets of flame from end to end.
There were 18 survivors from the 34 man crew.
The 16 who died, including two British officers,
were believed to have suffocated
when they were trapped below deck by the fire and smoke.