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Grape One

Name
Grape One
Accident date
09/12/1993
Location
Channel
Accident area
off coast of Devon
Spill area
Offshore
Cause of spill
Structural damage
Quantity transported
3, 000 tonnes
Nature of pollutant
Xylenes
Quantity spilled
3, 000 tonnes
Ship / structure type
Chemical tanker
Built date
1972
Shipyard
Ankerlokken Verft Glommen AS, Fredrikstad
Length
100.72 m
Width
14.64 m
Draught
6.56 m
Flag
Maltese
Owner
Rhapsody Shipping Ltd

On 9 December 1993, the chemical tanker Grape One was sailing off the coast of Devon from the Tees to Haifa. She was loaded with 3,000 tonnes of xylene, a weak but highly flammable pollutant, which is often composed of three isomers.

The meteorological conditions were particularly bad that day. A ballast tank ruptured creating a 40 degree list. The crew (13 Filipinos and 2 Italians) were rescued and air-lifted by helicopter. They were send to hospital in Plymouth.

 The Grape One sank with her cargo. No further response was implemented and how much of the cargo was spilled remains unknown.

Source:

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

Last update: 02/06/2011

External links

DEFRA (Department for Environment and Rural Affairs), Historical oil spill statistics

m-xylene, Material Safety Data Sheets

o-xylene, Material Safety Data Sheets

p-xylene, Material Safety Data Sheets