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SHIP NAME: Vicuna KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
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17.500 dwt M/T Vicuna (built 1983. ex-Jo Cypress), with 28 crew, loading 11.000 ton methanol at Port Paranagua, Brazil -- i exploded broke in two and sank to bottom -- 4 dead and 24 rescued. Superstructure still visible.

Chilean flagged M/T Vicuna, loading at Brazil's main grains port of Paranagua in S. state of Parana -- exploded -- while loading methanol next to state oil company Petrobras' terminal where there are many fuel tanks. "Flames could be seen from a long way off," said port spokesman (Mon. Nov. 15 2004) UPDATE: 6 dead. (Mon. Nov. 15 2004pm)


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A very strong explosion occurred on Cattalini pier during the discharging operation of MT VICUNA (methanol cargo) at around 1930 of Nov 15th and after one hour approx the FWD vsl started partially sunk into the water while alongside at Cattalini pier. Today 16th AM have noticed that the midship was broken and sunk.

During the explosion a considerable quantity of oil was spilled in the water and authorities have worked hard during all over last night to avoid such oil spread in the bay and stop all maneuverings for about 2 hours. For the time being the oil spilled is under control but hard work will continue for undetermined period.

As far as the news coming up to us, it seems that 4 crew members and the surveyor from the Lloyd Register are disappeared but most of the crew were rescued last night but numbers still unknown, besides some surveyors were on board together with the shipping agents but so far all of them are under doctor´s care.

Salvage company SMITH TAK and WIJSMULLER are presently at Paranagua to commence the ship´s rescue, however the companies are preparing the equipments to commence the operation. First step is to take out the ship´s deck from the pier of Cattalini, as after the explosion the ship´s deck was flung to the pier. The authorities have started the investigation and according to the informations received from them the results of the investigation will take around 10/12 days, therefore only after this investigation conclude the salvage companies can start their work. A floating crane has been hired to assist on the operation. A diver company from Netherlands was also requested to join the salvage team. The ship´s IFO still leaking in the water and technicians are trying to stop it but upto now no success, it believes that the vsl had on board around 500 to 700 MT of bunker. A daily and often meeting are been held with port authorities/navy/Cattalini terminal as well as the insurance company in order to define the best solution.


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Not clear whether ship was loading or discharging. Most sources say discharging, but this makes no sense geographically.

Photos show the ship was totally destroyed. The damage appears to be focused near the manifolds. Guess is that this ship like the Bow Mariner was not inerted, since this is not required of chemical carriers. By now we should be aware that methanol is every bit as dangerous as crude. Whatever the validity of the we-cant-inert-because-cargo-might-go-offspec argument is, it does not apply to methanol.

ITOPF says most of 4000 tons of methanol onboard was consumed in fire or evaporated. 400 tons of bunkers were spilled. CTX counts all cargo and fuel lost to environment.