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SHIP NAME: Pasithea KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source Woinin
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O/O PASITHEA lost with all hands 60 miles off KASHIMA during typhoon VERNON. She was anchored off Kashima awaiting the discharge of 150000 tons of iron ore, when due to an approaching typhoon she made it back for the high sea. The Japanese authorities do not believe she even met the full force of the typhoon.


source Lloyds List 1990-11-19
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In this article, Captain Pavlos Lekkas puts forth the possibility that a longitudinal bulkhead failed due to the ship's roll, the cargo shifted, and the ship capsized/flooded. Captain Lekkas commanded a sister ship for 17 months. He points out that OBO cargo holds are never sandblasted and coated, and that the cargo is higher than on a pure bulk carrier. He believes his hypothesis is consistent with the fact that no distress signal was sent. He also points out that unlike tankers bulk carriers are loaded/discharged one hold at a time which can create extremely high shear stresses.


source LINKCTX
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link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilre5xVgJEO

Video shot from the bridge. Ship is loaded. Weather is not particularly bad, but a pretty big swell. Some crew are walking around on the deck. Not a great deal of wind. But just about every other wave, the forecastle-less bow is dipping into the sea with green water or close to it on the forward deck. Sites says crew was 25 Greeks and 7 Filipinos. All lost.

Sadly, as of 2008-12, this video is no longer available. CTX does not know why.


source CTX
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1971 built OBO. Almost certainly structural failure. Lloyds List puts crew at 31. Ship loaded at Port Walcott, but no Australian report?