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SHIP NAME: Thanassis A. KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 5
source LMIU
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dead 16
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Broke in two in abt 17 50 N 117 44 E 21 Oct 1994 during typhoon Teresa Stern section sank in 17 43 N 117 33 E 22 Oct Twenty crew rescued and 16 lost Search called off 23 Oct. 16 dead


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Efforts to rescue 32 people aboard the ailing Malta-flag tanker "Thanassis A" were being hampered by bad weather conditions, it was reported yesterday. The vessel split in two yesterday while sailing in the China Sea 300 miles south of Hong Kong. The Greek-owned ship was carrying seven Greek seamen, the captain's wife and a Greek inspector.

According to initial reports communicated to the Greek Merchant Marine Ministry by Hong Kong's Search and Rescue Centre, the 32 have assembled on the tanker's stern which is still afloat. The Norwegian tanker "Stavanger" is sailing close by but bad weather is preventing it from rescuing the people. Helicopters are unable to reach the area for the same reason.


source ETC
type C
volume 259524B
material Fuel oil
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source OSIR
type C
volume 10900000G
material fuel oil
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Says 17.43N, 117.33E.


source CTX
type C
volume 10.9MMG
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dead 16
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ITOPF says product carrier loaded with heavy fuel. Many sources repeat the 10.9 MM gallons.

SSY says ship laden from Nakhodka to Singapore.

This is an Erika-like sinking. Small tanker, loaded with fuel oil, overwhelmed by weather. Structural failure probably abetted by corrosion.