While anchored 10 miles off the Kuwaiti Terminal of Mina al Ahmadi,
loaded with 200,000 tons of curde oil,
the 275,932 dwt Liberian steam tanker Sungari
was struck in her No 1 starboard tank
by an Iranian Silkworm missile at 5 am on October 15, 1987.
Immediately becoming engulfed in flames,
the vesse4l begainto spew oil into the sea from her ruptured tank
through the 8 m by 4 m hole.
Windows in the port area 10 miles away
were shaken by the force of the blast,
the blaze lasting for five hours before being extinguished
by fire fighting tugs.
Though she was seriously damaged by intense heat buckling,
noneof the crew was injured onthe tanker,
whichwas waitingto top up with another 70,000 tonnes
of crude oil at the offshore Sea Island terminal.