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SHIP NAME: Shinoussa KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source OGJ
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Industry and government last week were scrambling to contain and clean up the second major tanker related oil spill off Galveston, Tex., in as many months. The July 28 collision of the Greek flag tanker Shinoussa and two of three Apex Towing Co. barges in Galveston Bay ruptured the two double hulled barges, spilling about 12,500 bbl of catalytic cracking feedstock. One of the barges was partially submerged and apparently still leaking early Aug. 2. The double hulled tanker was damaged, but did


source CAHILL_C
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Shinoussa was outbound loaded with jet fuel at sea-speed, probably 11 knots or more. Hellespont Faith was in bound loaded at 8.5 knots. Both ships were under pilotage. Chandy N was an integrated tug inbound pushing three barges loaded with catalytic feedstock doing 5.5 knots. All three vessels talked to each other. Faith overtook and passed Chandy N and then less than a minute later passed Shinoussa, creating a very crowded situation. There are conflicting accounts about what happened next. Cahill accepts the Shinoussa's pilot's story that he ordered hard starboard to counter the effect of the Faith, but the helmsman who spoke very little English went port, perhaps because the ship was already on the starboard side of a narrow channel.

Shinoussa hit the aft port end of the second of the three barges.

Cahill feels strongly that the Faith should have waited until the Shinoussa was past, before overtaking the Chandy N.


source CTX
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The USCG report claimed the Shinoussa pilot had turned the helm over to a Bangladeshi helmsman after passing the Faith. Cahill finds this impossible to believe as does CTX. Basically, the USCG report puts the full blame on the Shinoussa's pilot. As usual the USCG said everybody should have been going a lot slower. But on these single screw motor tankers Dead Slow is 6 or 7 knots.