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SHIP NAME: Kriti Sea KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source LMIU
type C
volume Y
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Pipe to vessel broke during thunderstorm while loading crude oil at Agioi Theodori, near Corinth, 09 Aug 1996, causing pollution Clean-up operations carried out Sailed 21 Aug.


source IOPCF
type C
volume 30T
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Call this 'mishandling of oil supply'.


source ETC
type 300T
volume Y
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On 9 August 1996, the Greek flagged Kriti Sea was struck by lightning during a sudden thunderstorm while the tanker was unloading at Motor Oil Refinery Installation in the Korinthos Canal, Agioi Theordori port, Isthmia, Greece. The jolt of the lightning caused the loading pipes to break off, spilling 300 tonnes of light crude oil.


source CTX
type C
volume Y
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Ship was discharging Arab Light, not loading. Lightning would not cause a 123,000 dwt ship to move. It had to be the wind, possibly abetted by the practice of leaving the mooring winch brakes loose to avoid adjusting the wires as the ship rises during discharge. Constant tension winches might have made a big difference here. One Greek source say vessel "moved 8 m from its original position as mooring lines loosened". Several sources cite poor weather. ERC says 20 to 50T, ITOPF says 300T. Master and CO fined. According to ITOPF, This ship was involved in a 50T spill in the Suez Canal in 1996, blamed on "steering difficulties".