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SHIP NAME: Kuzbass KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 2
source ERC
type A
volume 764 mt
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In June of 1996, oil began to wash up on the North Sea coastline of Germany near the Frisian Islands and Cuxhaven. Oil from the “mystery spill” formed hard, granular balls which were fairly easily removed from the sandy beaches with extensive and aggressive mechanical and manual shoreline cleanup operations. There were reports of oiled birds, as well as reports of impacts on fishing and tourism in the area connected with this incident. From the oil recovery figures by German authorities, it appears that at least 764 tonnes (225,000 gallons) of oil were spilled. German government officials investigated the source of the “mystery spill” and eventually named the Russian-flagged tanker Kuzzbass (150,500 DWT; 88,692 GT) as the responsible party based on oil sample and drift analyses. The suspicion against the tanker was based on information that the tanker had spent 53 hours on its good-weather passage from the German Bight to the Dover passage in a trip that normally takes about 30 hours with a normal speed of 14 knots. The investigators suspected that the tanker was engaging in tank washing in violation of MARPOL 73/78 Annex I Regulation 9. The recovered oil was eventually fingerprinted as Libyan crude oil from the tanker Kuzzbass.


source CTX
type D
volume 900000l
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Most sources use Kuzbass spelling. Libyan crude is very waxy, but 764 tons of oil seems a lot to have left on-board especially for a supposedly double bottom ship. And how could the Germans measure it? And why not load on top? And if you are going to do an illegal intentional discharge, why in the North Sea very near the coast? Lots of questions about this one.