I was guided to your site by your book The Tankship Tromedy.
I particularly viewed your data on the Katina P,
as I was the Second Engineer on board the John Ross,
the salvage tug that took Katina P in tow.
I also lay claim to having taken the photographs
you have published on your site.
My recollection of events is slightly different
to those described in your database.
The vessel was carrying a cargo of HFO from Brazil to Fujairah,
coals to Newcastle? and was then destined to be broken up.
The initial breaking up of the vessel was heard/noted
by the ship's crew as she rounded the Cape.
Vessel was cracked on the starboard side through the side shell plating.
However, the crack was aft of the cargo manifold, also a location of SBT.
The Chief Officer of John Ross reported
that most of the deck longitudinals had detached from the deck.
The vessels was not grounded off Maputo.
She was anchored and abandoned by the ship's crew.
The Master, Chief and 2n Engineers returned to the vessel
when the salvage operation was commenced.
This was not expected to be successful
as own vessel was on a daily hire rate
rather than a Lloyd's Open Form contract.
On our arrival at Katina P's location,
it was observed that the hull forward of the break was upright
whilst the accommodation section had a pronounced starboard list.
Katina P was taken in tow with the intention of meeting
with a lightening ship to try and recover as much oil as possible.
Katina P sank before the arrival of the lightening ship.
Some 40 personnel, involved in restoring power to the boilers
inorder to have the cargo pumps operational,
were transferred from Katina P to our vessel,
and two others also in attendance without incident.
One person delayed leaving the vessel
as he attempted to rescue the ship's cat,
but he was unable to catch it and had to leave.
Of interest is that the lightening ship,
the name of which I do not recall,
was an OBO which proceeded to Richard's Bay
to load a full cargo of coal.
During loading the main sea water line ruptured at night
and the engine room flooded resulting in the ship's sinking.
It is understood but not confirmed that the vessel
and Katina P were owned by the same company,
although naturally in one ship companies.