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SHIP NAME: Nissos Amorgos KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source LMIU
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Struck underwater object, then grounded in high winds in Gulf of Venezuela in 11 02 08 N 71 35 04 W 28 Feb 1997 Hull holed. Major oil spill. Towed and anchored off Guaranao Holes sealed by 08 Mar Cargo transhipped. Detained Sd 21 Jul. Master released 17 Aug Claim against owners.


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volume 25000B
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link http://www.ciens.ula.ve/~jcentero/black-th.html

Highly emotional but interesting description. Refers to a similiar casualty with a ship called Corellis, but can find no such ship with that name.


source ETC
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volume 60000B
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Says cargo was Bachaquero which is a very heavy crude. ETC also says 60,000 barrels.


source CTX
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volume 4000T
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This was a very high profile spill in part because Venezuelans detained master for about six months. Most sources put the spill around 25,000 barrels or 4000 T. OSIR says 8571 T, but have no back up. Ship was outbound at night with local pilot on-board. Owners claimed channel had not been maintained. But Venezuelan courts found master guilty.

Interestingly, the Olympic Sponsor, a double hull ship went aground at nearly the same point (buoy 22) on March 10th two week later, holing the No 4 S ballast tank, but no spill. The master and pilot claim they were in the channel when the ship slowed to less than 3 kts despite full power and then was set over to the west side of the channel by the wind.

The Olympic Sponsor owners went against charterers Lagoven claiming violation of the safe port clause in the charter party, given the fact that Lagoven had instructed the ship to load to 38 feet. Arbitrators found against the owners saving nav error and anyway safe port clause not enough to blame charterers. Nonetheless, on the day following the Olympic Sponsor grounding, the harbor master reduced the exit draft to 36 feet.

Seems quite unlikely we are talking about a submerged object if a midship tank is holed.

One source says there was another grounding in the same area, a tanker called the Icaro.

Anyway we need the outbound draft, which tanks were breached, pentetration, loading plan etc. It is interesting in all the hype about the Master being detained, fisherman protects, etc, etc, we can not find such basic info. But current CTX best guess is that the ship was loaded to deeply for a poorly maintained channel.