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SHIP NAME: World Petrobras, British Respect KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
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A typical attack on a tanker is recounted by Captain Bruce Ewen, master at the time of the 412,000 dwt World Petrobras which was bombed by Iraqi jets on 22 December 1987. At the time the tanker was providing floating storage off Iran's Larak Island in the northern part of the Strait of Hormuz. Two Russian made 500 lb bombs with parachute drogues attached dropped onto the maindeck during the attack by Mirage jets, which also hit two other tankers off the island.

World Petrobras was at the time transferring oil from one tanker, Free Enterprise, into another, British Respect. ``When the bombs struck,'' Ewen recalls, ``the rubber hoses attaching us to the British Respect were set afire and a large amount of shrapnel from our deck fittings blew through the side of the British Respect. Since we were both inerted and had our inert gas plants running, an explosion was avoided. However, we needed to get British Respect away from us so we could get firefighting tugs alongside.''

``We cut her aft ropes and her master went ahead on the engines and ran the forward ropes off the reels. When she parted the hoses, a large amount of oil was dumped into the water which caused a large fire and set the rubber fenders ablaze. Although this rendered our lifeboat and the liferaft on the port side beyond use, the current was fairly quick so the danger passed in a fairly short time.''


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I am Bruce Ewen, who as Master of "World Petrobras" in 1987, had the misfortune to be visited by the Iraqi air force but perhaps that was also my good fortune since nobody was hurt. It was actually a luckier experience than you describe because at that time, there would normally have been at least 4 people on deck at or near both manifold areas, but just as the Mirage was lining up (unbeknownst to us), a crew boat arrived down aft with mail, reliefs and stores, so the deck watch came aft to assist. Had it not been for that, there would most certainly have been some injuries and probably worse.


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A dramatic example of the value of inerting.