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SHIP NAME: Algarrobo KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source FSI 4/5 Annex 2
type A
volume Y
material
dead 32
link

Sailed from Huasco on 16 September 1990 for Kawasaki. Last reports at 25_12S,79_12W on 18 September 1990 and not since heard of. Presumed sunk.

Her prior cargo was crude oil, no reception facilities were available for slop disposal ashore, so with no alternative they were retained on board. The charterers representative were satisfied with the crude oil discharge and the subseqent conversion from oil to ore cargo status. The final message from Algarrobo was sent to agents in Japan about noon local time on the 19 September 1990. Unfortunately, this message was not copied by the operators; SAR was initiated without this information.

There was no finding of fact that would lead to any conclusion of a positive proximate cause of the unique sudden and apparent catastrophic condition(s) that led to the loss of the Ore/Oil carrier Algarrobo and her entire crew.

Reference to MSC 61/10/2, Annex 1, No 89.


source woinin
type D
volume
material
dead
link

1990-Sept O/O ALGARROBO, 169623 dwt, 17 years old, loaded with iron ore, leaves HUASCO in Chili for Japan. While the weather was fine in the Central Pacific, the ship was never heard of again.


source CTX
type D
volume 2000T
material
dead 32
link

She would have needed at least 2000 tons of bunkers for the trip from Chile to Japan plus slops. This is the basis for the spill volume.

Ship was a 90,000 GRT ore/oiler. Fact she got off no distress message indicates this was likely a double bottom explosion after leak, a la Berge Istra and Berge Vanga.

This loss of 32 men received no publicity whatsoever.