On Feb 13, 1997, a tanker named TPAO exploded in Tuzla shipyards
located on the NE coast of the Sea of Maramara.
During the fire, an estimated 215 tons of oil
was spilled into Aydmlik Bay.
On Feb 13 197, the tanker named TPAO exploded at the Gemsan Shipyard
where it was anchored for repair work.
The explosion set the tanker on fire followed by an oil spill.
The fire extinguishing efforts continued for four days
resulting with loss of human life and economic damages.
According to the ship records,
the tanker was carrying 583 tons of fuel oil, 29 tons of diesel,
and 9 tons of engine oil, summing up to a total of 621 tons
of contaminant at the time of the accident.
The spill amount was estimated at 215 tons
and the rest was burned during the fire.