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SHIP NAME: Soro KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
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Steering gear knocked out by freak wave in 58 42 N 08 02.5 W 02 Mar 1997. Effected repairs and resumed voyage same day but experienced further problems 03 Mar. Escorted to Bute for repairs. Sailed 11 Mar on completion of same.


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link http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Shores/7006/97mar7.htm

The Soro (Panamanian-registry 302,102-dwt tanker built in 1993, operated by World-Wide Shipping Agency (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.) was hit by a freak wave on 5 March while sailing to Canada with 283,793 tons of Norwegian crude oil. Its steering gear was damaged.


source Seatrade Review, May 1997, page 55
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source CTX
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Could easily have been a VLCC (DH) Braer.

It seems that the definition of a freak wave is any wave that causes damage.

This ship was also involved in another machinery failure on 1997-08-10, loaded Monstad to Pt Tupper, LMIU says

Experienced main engine cooling failure 60 miles WSW of Shetland 10 Aug 1997. Repairs effected and continued on voyage.

and earlier loaded from Juaymah to Rotterdam 1994-10-12

Stopped in 50 21 N 02 31 W 12 Oct 1994 to repair defective valve in engine-room. Proceeded on voyage in less than an hour.