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Irenes Challenge

Name
Irenes Challenge
Accident date
18/01/1977
Location
Pacifique
Accident area
Midway Island, Pacific
Spill area
Offshore
Cause of spill
Structural damage
Quantity transported
34, 000 tonnes
Nature of pollutant
light crude oil
Quantity spilled
34, 000 tonnes
Ship / structure type
Oil tanker
Built date
1956
Length
193.65 m
Width
26.62 m
Flag
Liberian
Owner
Devon Maritime, Ltd.

On 18 January 1977, the Liberian oil tanker Irenes Challenge left Punta Cardon in Venezuela for Yokkaichi in Japan. The vessel sprung a leak, causing her to break in two in the Pacific Ocean. The two parts of the vessel drifted and sank two days later, after 28 of the 31 crew members had been saved from one section of the wreck and the 3 remaining members from the other section.

34,000 tonnes of oil, i.e. 250,000 barrels, were spilled during the incident, causing significant pollution. An estimated 70 miles of coastline was affected.

Last update: 10/04/2007