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SHIP NAME: Grigoroussa I KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source CARGOLAW
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volume 3000T
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52,997gt Liberia flag, crude M/T Grigoroussa I (built 1987) - traveling S. from the Mediterranean, had technical failure and drifted before hitting a quay Feb. 27 on Suez Canal's western bank. Approximately 3,000 of the 58,000 tons of heavy fuel the tanker was carrying towards the Red Sea leaked into Suez Canal waters. Tugs pulled tanker in order not to block traffic while an environment ministry taskforce started work to contain the slick. Lloyd's Standard Form contract has been signed with Tsavliris Salvage.

Tug M/V Megas Alexandros proceeding from Piraeus, ETA at casualty site Mar 5, due on scene at that time and we are currently trying to find a suitable tanker that will be able to take on board the cargo. - Tsavliris Salvage


source ISNTC
type A
volume 3000T
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GRIGOROUSSA 1 (Liberia, 52997gt, Greek owned) due to failure in the steering gear hit the bank of the Suez Canal, about 25 miles north of Suez, 27-Feb-2006, spilling about 3,000 tons of oil into the water. The vessel was towed by tugs to Suez Port and was impounded. Environmental damage is estimated at GT US$8 million. Many ships with highly flammable cargoes not allowed to transit yet. The spill, now about 40 kms long, is said to cause a fire at a hotel at the bank and damaging 2 boats.


source ITOPF
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volume 1200T
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On 26th February 2006, while sailing south through the Suez Canal, the Liberian registered tanker Grigoroussa I touched bottom at the southern end of Great Bitter Lake. Two cargo tanks were damaged resulting in the release of 1200 tonnes of her 33,000 tonne cargo of heavy fuel oil. Under instruction from the Suez Canal Authority, Grigoroussa I continued south to an anchorage off the port of Suez.

ITOPF staff arrived on the site on 28th February. The next morning we were told that a fire had occurred in the tourist village of Bonita caused by a burning oil slick drifting ashore. A visit to the village confirmed that the most serious damage had occurred to buildings and pleasure boats around the lakeside. The cause of the fire is still a mystery, but fortunately there was no loss of life.


source CTX
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Another steering gear failure in the Suez. See Tropic Brilliance.

CTX is assuming the ITOPF spill figure is the more accurate. But 58,000 ton of cargo for a Suezmax seems more likely than 33,000? Some say ship was double sided but LMIU says Marpol SH. Need location data.

Fire is very strange. It is nearly impossible to get heavy fuel oil to burn on water.