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.