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British Trent

Name
British Trent
Accident date
03/06/1993
Location
North Sea
Accident area
off the coast of Belgium
Spill area
Offshore
Cause of spill
Collision
Quantity transported
24, 000 tonnes
Nature of pollutant
unleaded petrol (U. S. unleaded gasoline)
Quantity spilled
5, 100 tonnes
Ship / structure type
Oil tanker
Built date
1973
Shipyard
Eriksbergs Mv Ab, Gothenburg
Length
171.46 m
Width
25.05 m
Draught
12.55 m
Flag
Bermudan
Owner
BP Shipping Ltd
P&I Club
Britannia P&I

On 3 June 1993, the tanker the British Trent, sailing from Antwerp to Fiumicino (Italy) with a load of 24,000 tonnes of unleaded petrol, collided with the Panamanian bulk carrier the Western Winner in calm seas but thick fog. The latter was not seriously damaged. The British Trent caught fire after the collision. 7 crew members died, 2 were reported missing and 6 were seriously injured.

The tanker was leaking from her port side. Even though a large part of the petrol burnt in the fire, a slick of 5,100 tonnes was reported. The remaining petrol was transferred to another tanker and the British Trent was taken in tow to Rotterdam on 10 June, where she was sold to Turkish shipbreakers and towed to Aliaga, where she was demolished in July.

There was no impact on the shoreline.

Source:

- HOOKE, Norman, 1997, Maritime Casualties 1963-1996, second edition, LLP Limited, Londres

Last update: 02/06/2004