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SHIP NAME: Bona Fulmar KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source CEDRE
type L
volume 7000T
material
dead 0
link http://www.le-cedre.fr/en/spill/bona_fulmar/bona_fulmar.php


source IMO_HNS
type A
volume 7000T
material gasoline
dead 0
link http://folk.uio.nor/erikro/WWW/HNS/INF-2.pdf

On 18 January, the combination carrier Bona Fulmar with a cargo of 60000 t gasoline was in collision with the chemical tanker Teotal, 19 miles NW of Dunkirk. One of the Bona Fulmar's cargo tanks was ruptured, leaving a 4m by 3m hole from which 7000t gasoline escaped.

Fortunately, the gasoline did not ignite and vaporized quickly. Fumes were detected up to 200 miles away in the UK. A ferry three miles from the site was forced to alter its course into clean air and the vapours affected two divers inspecting the vessel. Divers carried out emergency repairs to the hull and the remaining fuel in the damaged tank was transferred to another vessel before the Bona Fulmar was escorted to Rotterdam.


source
type A
volume 9500KL
material gasoline
dead 0
link

Tankers collide off France, gasoline spilled

The Bona Fulmar (Bahamian-registry 45,773-gt, 78,585-dwt ore/bulk/oil carrier built in 1983, owned and operated by Bona Shipping A/S) collided 18 Jan. with the Teoatl (Mexican-registry 21,706-dwt tanker built in 1987, operated by Companhia Naviera Minera del Gulfo S.A.) at 51 degrees 23.8 minutes north, 02 degrees 06.6 minutes east. The location is in international waters about 29 kilometers/18 miles northwest of Dunkirk, France. No one was injured in the collision, in very dense fog with visibility of 300 meters/1,000 feet. The Bona Fulmar, with a crew of 26 and two passengers aboard, was carrying 58,447 tons of unleaded gasoline and sustained a hole 3.0 meters/10 feet by 4.0 meters/13 feet in her No. 5 cargo tank. Some of the hole was below the waterline. An estimated 9,500 cubic meters/12,400 cubic yards of gasoline or 7,000 tons spilled into the North Sea. The ship shifted ballast, anchored nearby and transferred the remaining fuel in the tank to another vessel. A temporary patch was installed over the hole and the Bona Fulmar, under escort, sailed to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to unload her cargo. The Far Turbot (British-registry 2,015-dwt tug/supply vessel built in 1980, operated by Howard Smith (U.K.) Ltd.) sailed to the area when the collision occurred and remained on-scene. The Teoatl, which was not damaged, also sailed to Rotterdam. Bona Fulmar was chartered to George E. Warren and sailing from Belgian Petrofina S.A.'s refinery in Antwerp, Belgium, to New York.


source CTX
type D
volume 7000T
material G
dead 0
link

Collison in thick fog 18 miles NW of Dunkirk. Ships was a 9 hold OBO with 60,000 tons of gasoline on board. One tank breached. Incredibly, no fire. Volumes range fron 7000 tons to 4500 tons. Not clear how they were able to repair a tank full of gasoline.

Nor is it clear whether this ship was DH or just DB. LMIU says DB, but they always assume that for Combos. Most OBOs built this late were double sided as well. One source calls the damaged tank 5P, but a single sided OBO has no 5P. But then neither would a double sided have a 5P cargo tank. For now saying DB on the grounds that a 4mx3m hole probably would not have penetrated a 2m double side. This must have been a very low impact collision. One source says Teoatl was not damaged.

Guessing Encounter Type of H, need confirmation. Basically nil cause info, but it is clear Teoatl was the hitter and Fulmar the hittee.