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SHIP NAME: Sungari KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
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Struck by missile and caught fire at Shuaiba anchorage Oct 15 1987, during Iran-Iraq hostilities. Delivered Thailand breakers Mar 22 1988.


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There was consternation when on 15 October a Silkworm from the Al Faw battery struck the Liberian tanker Sungari which lay anchored off Mina al Ahmadi in Kuwaiti territorial water. The vessel was severely damaged below the waterline onthe starboard side and although sh was able to sail to Fujariah, she was later declared a CTL.


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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. Scrapped.


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Silkworm is radar guided. Maybe the ship had deployed reflectors? IG was almost certainly a big help here.