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SHIP NAME: Pampero KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source LMIU
type C
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dead 6
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Broke in two and sank abt 10 miles E of Havana following explosions on board 14 Apr 1997 18 of the 24 crew rescued. 6 dead


source World Maritime News, 18 Apr 1997
type C
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dead 6
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The Pampero (St Vincent, 6294 grt, 9100 dwt tanker built in 1962, operated by Bravo tankers) broke in half and sank 6 mi of Guanabo, Cuba at 1420 14 April. The vessel was in ballast from Matanzas to the Nico Lopez refinery in Havana. At least 3 explosions and a fire were reported before the ship broke up. 18 crew members, some of them injured, were rescued, one was killed and five, including 3 Romanian deck officers and the Romanian master, are missing. The explosions were believed to have been in a cargo tank. The Pampero had a Special Survey a few weeks ago. The owner spent USD500,000 in preparation on the ship and no problems were found.


source CTX
type C
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dead 6
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Ship was in ballast from Matanzas to Havana. Witnesses say three explosions, sank in seven minutes. Time was 1420. Probably tank cleaning. Could be bad or non-existent inerting or maybe hot work. This ship is only 9100 dwt but slightly over 6000 GRT, Strictly speaking should not be in CTX database.