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Esso Wandsworth

Name
Esso Wandsworth
Accident date
23/09/1965
Location
England
Accident area
Lower Hope Reach, Thames
Spill area
Inland waters
Cause of spill
Collision
Nature of pollutant
Light fuel oil
Quantity spilled
5,000 tonnes
Ship / structure type
Oil tanker
Built date
1943
Shipyard
Barnes, Duluth Ship Building Co
Length
111.59 m
Width
18.35 m
Draught
4.60 m
Flag
British
Owner
Esso Petroleum Co. Ltd

The tanker the Esso Wandworth was sailing on the river Thames from Thames Haven, on the Essex Shore, to Littlebrook Power Station, Dartford, loaded with 5,000 tonnes of light fuel oil. On 23 September, she collided with the Dutch vessel Moerdyk in heavy fog, in Lower Hope Reach. The Esso Wandworth port side was holed. 5,000 tonnes of fuel oil spilled into the Thames.

The vessel was then beached upstream by a tug. A few days later, she was refloated and towed to Gravesend. However, on 12 October, an explosion occured during repair works. The vessel went on fire. The fire was rapidly extinguished, but the ship was badly damaged. She was later sold for demolition.

Sources :

  • HOOKE, Norman, 1997, Maritime Casualties 1963-1996, second edition, LLP Limited, Londres
  • IFP, Banques de données sur les accidents de navire ayant provoqué un déversement de pétrole en mer supérieur à 500 tonnes, 1955-1969, Réf. 26 693, Janvier 1979
Last update: 02/06/2004