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.