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Andros Patria

Name
Andros Patria
Accident date
31/12/1978
Location
Spain
Accident area
off the coast of La Coruna, Galicia
Spill area
Offshore
Cause of spill
Explosion
Quantity transported
210, 000 tonnes
Nature of pollutant
Iranian heavy crude oil
Quantity spilled
60, 000 tonnes
Ship / structure type
Oil tanker
Built date
1970
Length
323.71 m
Width
48.21 m
Flag
Greek

A fire broke out on the Andros Patria after an explosion in one of her tanks, due to a leak in the hull. 34 crew members were killed in the incident and 60,000 of the 210,000 tonnes of Iranian heavy crude oil that the ship was transporting poured into the sea.

To fight against pollution, the Spanish Navy spread dispersants on two major oil slicks, partly broken up by natural wave action. A small amount of pollution was observed on the coast, measuring approximately 100 m.

Source:

- Banque de données sur les accidents de navire ayant provoqué un déversement de pétrole en mer supérieur à 500 tonnes - Volume III - 1975-1979, Janvier 1979, Institut Français du Pétrole

Last update: 08/02/2007