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SHIP NAME: Kristal KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
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Broken in two in heavy seas off Corunna, in 44 27 N 09 07W 27 Feb 2001 24 of the 35 crew rescued Bow taken in tow and sunk 02 Mar Stern under tow off Corunna 02 Mar No pollution Stern section sank in heavy seas 06 Mar. 11 dead


source Atlantic Monthly
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This article includes an account of the Kristal sinking written by someone who appears to have interviewed survivors; but does not know much about ships. Ship ws en route from India to northern Europe, loaded with 28,000 tons of molasses. Extra crew on board to do repair work. Claims crew were quite worried about the condition of the ship. Also claims there was some kind of structural problem on the main deck in the Red Sea, which prompted the Master to confer with the managers; but the description is garbled. Weather was said to be Force 9 from the north with a big swell. Ship was northbound, approximately bow on to the weather, maintaining full RPM, but making little headway. Failed catastrophically in sag with a large bang. Both halves stayed afloat.


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Maltese flag, RINA class, like the Erika. Except the Erika killed nobody; the Kristal killed 11. In fact, this tanker generally discharged molasses and then loaded fuel oil south. If the loss had been on the next leg, then there would have been tremendous outrage.

Crew may have gone to the lifeboats prematurely. All the casualties were in a lifeboat that tried to go alongside a LPG carrier in ballast called the Tarquin Dell and was swamped. Weather may not have been as bad as Atlantic Monthly article claims. Spanish helicopters were able to save men in the water, and extract men from another lifeboat and a raft. And pick a few off the deck of the Tarquin Dell.

Probable bad corrosion, but without seeing the Class survey reports etc we can't say for sure. Under IMO rules, the flag state is required to investigate Very Serious Casualties, and this loss most clearly qualifies. But according to IMO documents (FSI.3/Circ. 4) as of 2004-02-10, no such report had been received from Malta.