WIT Press


The "Amoco Cadiz" Stranding Could Have Been Avoided

Price

Free (open access)

Volume

15

Pages

10

Published

1996

Size

1,175 kb

Paper DOI

10.2495/CENV960111

Copyright

WIT Press

Author(s)

J.J. Achutegui, S. Mendiola, F.J. Sanchez & A. Diaz

Abstract

The Liberian tanker "AMOCO CADIZ" caused the greatest marine pollution known until March of 1978. Her cargo was of some 223,000 tonnes, which were spilled in the NW coast of Brittany due to her stranding. The tug "PACIFIC" did not succeed to steer the loaded tanker with rough weather, and the ship run into the rocks and remained aground. We believe that the only possibility to steer the ship safely could have been that of making fast the tow line in the stern and, with a good understanding of the two masters, to employ the vessel engine astern and use the tugboat as a helm. 1 Introduction The motor tank "AMOCO CADIZ", owned by Amoco Transport Co., was built in Astilleros Espanoles, S.A., Cadiz, Spain, in 1974 with 109,700 grt and 233,700 dwt.

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