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SHIP NAME: Sea Prince KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source LMIU
type D
volume Y
material
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Grounded in typhoon Faye at Chakto Is, S.Korea, 23 Jul 1995 Beached same day at nearby Sorido Is in abt 34 24.5 N 127 48.5 E Heavy bottom damage Pollution Engine-room fire Refloated 26 Nov Towed out for Subic Bay 02 Dec. 1 dead


source Korea incidents
type D
volume 4150T
material crude
dead
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Ran aground.


source ETC
type D
volume 5000B
material
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source CTX
type D
volume
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A Japanese source is more poetic; it says The typhoon number 3 was approaching and the Sea Prince stopped unloading the crude oil at the refinery of the port of Reisui to take refuge outside the port of Resui. It was drifted to Shori Island and was stranded. Later a fire broke out in the engine room, which was followed by an explosion and the damage in the cargo tank. As the result the fuel oil and the crude oil flowed out. The spill oil arrived near the area 50 miles away from the scene of the accident in seven days after the accident, which caused serious damage to the fishing industry. link="http://www.pcs.gr.jp/doc/incident/incidents_e.html"

This source calls this a 96000KL spill, but the names are all wrong. The ship was discharging at Yosu and went aground on Sori Island. (do is the Korean suffix for island).

Other sources including ITOPF say 2000 to 5000T of bunkers. USCG says 412,000G. IOPCF says 5035 tons. A few sources are as low as 700T. Several sources say ship a VLCC had 83,000 tons still on board, which jibes with an interrupted discharge; but raises the question of why did we not have a cargo spill?

For now going with 5000T but we need a lot more info.