Ship loaded with 79,066 tons of Brent had been anchored at Ria des Area waiting for a berth.
At 0000 hours on the 3rd of December, she was ordered in.
Weather was squally with some squalls up to force 6/7, seas 3/4 m.
The remainder of this entry is direct quotes.
By 03:30 hrs, the anchor was lodged in the housepipe [sic]
and the ship went ahead to the West
to the course 268.
The manoeuvre were slow.
The Aegean Sea sailed at 5 knots,
passing by the north of the Yacentes.
The ship kept going course 268,
waiting for the right moment
to turn on port to go down into the West Canal.
At 0:15 [sic, almost certainly meant 4:15],
the Aegean Sea kept on the same course at the same speed.
Five minutes later the ship started to turn to port.
The turn was slow.
In ten minutes had fallen til course 221,
keeping identical speed,
while the weather started to quickly deteriorate.
What until that moment was developing normally,
started to become complicated from 04:30 hrs on.
The Aegean Sea had hardly modified to one grade her turn to port
all along five minutes that seemed eternal.
The Captain of the tanker ordered then
the full speed of the 26,100 HP of its engine
to win speed and manoeuvre capacity,
putting the helm hard aport.
Out of the bridge, the wind became stronger by the minute.
On board of the Aegean Sea, it was very well known
that it was necessary to treach course 108
if they wanted to avoid the rocks of Punta Herminio.
The minutes following to 04:30 were dark
by the Hercules Tower zone.
The La Coruna Meteorological Observatory
registered, by that time, winds of more
than 100 km/hr, with visibility inferior to 100 m.
As a matter of fact, by 04:35 hrs,
the course of the tanker was 190,
well away from the 108 previously set.
By 04:55 hrs, the cloud burst went away
and the Pilot could contemplate the ship
The Aegean Sea was firmly stucked into the rocks
until the middle of the length
and with a third of its stern floating at heavy waves mercy.