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Champion Trader

Name
Champion Trader
Accident date
29/10/1998
Location
USA
Accident area
Mississippi River, Louisiana
Spill area
Inshore
Cause of spill
Explosion
Quantity transported
800 m3 of heavy fuel oil
Nature of pollutant
Heavy fuel oil, palm oil
Quantity spilled
14 m3 of heavy fuel oil and 460 tonnes of palm oil
Ship / structure type
Tanker

On 29th October 1998, an explosion occurred onboard the Champion Trader, killing one person and injuring five others.

The explosion resulted in the release of 14 m3 of heavy fuel oil and 460 tonnes of palm oil into Southwest Pass, in the Mississippi Delta (Louisiana).

An oil slick formed, spreading over a 3 km stretch of the Mississippi River. Only 20 tonnes of palm oil were recovered.

The US Coast Guard did not observe any damage to the flora and fauna.

The cost of clean-up operations was estimated at around US $600,000.

Sources:

- MAMACA Emina, GIRIN Michel, LE FLOCH Stéphane and EL ZIR Rawad, 2009, Review of chemical spills at sea and lessons learnt, Interspill 2009 conference
- Incident news

Last update: 05/06/2014

See also

Vegetable oil spills at sea, Cedre operational guide