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SHIP NAME: Stolidi KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 5
source LMIU
type C
volume
material
dead 20
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Had explosion and caught fire in accommodation area in abt 19 44.1 N 63 36 E 20 Mar 1994 Superstructure burnt out, water in engine-room 17 crew rescued Towed into Umm al Qaiwain anchorage 04 Apr Cargo transhipped. 20 crew dead Ar Gadani Beach 28 Aug where broken up.


source FSI 4/5
type D
volume
material
dead 26
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Explosion and fire in accommodation. Superstructure burnt out and water in engine room. 26 crew dead, 17 rescued. Vessel towed to Umm al Qaiwain on 19940322. To be scrapped once cargo unloaded.


source Seattle Times
type A
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dead 20
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PORTS REFUSE ENTRY TO TANKER DAMAGED BY FIRE

DUBAI - A tanker carrying 18 dead Filipino sailors and 1.5 million barrels of crude oil is stranded on high seas just outside the Persian Gulf 10 days after a fire gutted the vessel, shipping sources said today. The sources said regional ports were refusing to allow the Greek-owned, 267,038-ton Stolidi anywhere near because they fear it may cause an environmental disaster.

Shipping sources said the tanker might have to offload its cargo to another ship in deep water outside territorial limits, a costly and complex operation. The Stolidi caught fire on March 19 in the Arabian Sea about 500 miles off the Omani coast. Besides the 18 sailors whose bodies remain on board, two more sailors died on a rescue ship that carried survivors from the 37-man crew to nearby Omani ports.

Salvage inspectors said the ship's cargo was intact. The Stolidi is now about 80 miles off the United Arab Emirates port of Fujairah and is being towed by the Dutch salvage ship Berkut.

None of the ship's six Greek officers was hurt in the blaze.


source Highbeam
type A
volume
material
dead 20
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Silvestre Filipino Reporter 04-07-1994 TRAPPED IN CABINS: 20 Filipinos confirmed dead in tanker blaze.

MANILA -- Shipping agents confirmed last week that 20 Filipino seamen died after they were trapped in their cabins when the supertanker they were boarding caught fire on the Arabian Sea, the Associated Press (AP) said. Earlier reports said two died and 18 were missing after the tanker was engulfed in flames Sunday about 400 kilometers east of the Omani island of Masira. Hussain bin Mohammed al-Ajmi of the Oman United Agencies said the fire broke out in the engine room of the Maltese-flagged Stolidi and burst in to the crew's quarters above. "The fire spread so quickly that there was ..."


source CTX
type C
volume
material
dead 26
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Ship was fully loaded in the Arabian Sea. She was towed back thru the Straits of Hormuz for lightering. The Indians says the Stolidi had a BFO spill 360 miles SW Porbandar, 1994-05-12. We dont know whether this part of the same casualty. Otherwise apparently no or nil spill.

At this point no cause info. One source says fire started in ER, spread to accommodations. Very weak support for this is the fact that all 6 Greek officers survived, suggesting that the fire was concentrated in the lower decks of the accommodation. However, it is at least as equally likely, fire started in the lower portion of the accommodations. A fire starting in the ER (a) usually gives the crew more time to get out of the accommodations, (b) often kills Engineering Deparment officers.

In either case, if smoke gets into the HVAC system, it will be quickly spread throughout the closed-up accommodations. One easy fix is to have the fire detection system automatically stop the HVAC fans on an alarm. This is a requirement for passenger ships, but inconsistently not a requirement for non-passenger ships.