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Amazzone

Name
Amazzone
Accident date
30/01/1988
Location
France
Accident area
off the coast of Finistère, Western Brittany
Spill area
Offshore
Cause of spill
Structural damage
Quantity transported
32, 000 tonnes
Nature of pollutant
crude oil, paraffinic
Quantity spilled
2, 100 tonnes
Ship / structure type
Oil tanker
Built date
1972
Length
290.00 m
Width
39.00 m
Flag
Italian
Owner
Misano Italy

On the night of 30 January 1988, the Italian oil tanker the Amazzone, en route from Anvers, lost a number of bunker covers in a storm off the coast of Finistère. The vessel made her way up the Ushant Traffic Separation Scheme without warning the French authorities, leaving a trail of 2100 tonnes of crude oil in her wake. Over the following weeks, 450 km of coastline, from South Finistère to Cotentin, were hit by the slicks. The Polmar Sea Plan for the Atlantic and the Polmar Land Plans for Finistère, the Côtes d'Armor and the Channel were activated.

Shipping routes off the coast of Brittany.
Shipping routes off the coast of Brittany.

 Nature et caractéristiques du polluant

 Type

 Libyan oil, paraffinic

 Quantity

2100 tonnes spilled from a cargo of 32,000 tonnes

 Form

 Reverse emulsion with oil (incorporating 65 % water)
Not chemically dispersible

 Viscosity

27.9 cSt à 82,2100°C 110,5 cSt à 50°C

Appearance at 20°C

Solid at room temperature

Relative density

High at room temperature

Flash point

36°C

Last update: 08/02/2007