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SHIP NAME: Pacificos KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source OSIR
type D
volume
material C
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Says Structural failure in bad weather. Puts position at 48-80 km off East London, 33.00S;28.00E.


source Embricos, The Quest for the Environmental Ship, p 31
type A
volume
material C
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Let us examine the pollution accident of the Pacificos, a vessel regularly inspected by class, and having fulfilled all class structural requirements a couple of years before the accident. In very inclement sea conditions, it suffered a structural failure in the ballast tanks resulting in a large discharge of oil at sea of close to 60,000 barrels.


source CTX
type C
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Ballast tanks are where we find the most corrosion. Embiricos says the damage was focussed on the wing ballast tank, but the size of the hole became so large (20x25m), that a neighboring cargo tank was breached, both above and below the waterline, emptying the whole tank. Embiricos believes the ballast tank was badly corroded. While CTX has not been above to locate any pictures and the Class surveys and flag state (Cyprus) investigation are not made public, he is almost certainly correct.

Once source indicates rest of cargo was lightered. Where? To which ship? Was the ship then scrapped?