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Kira

Name
Kira
Accident date
09/02/1996
Location
Greece
Accident area
off Sapientza Island
Spill area
Offshore
Cause of spill
Weather conditions
Product transported
phosphoric acid
Quantity transported
7, 600 tonnes
Nature of pollutant
phosphoric acid + heavy fuel + diesel oil
Quantity spilled
7,600 tonnes of phosphoric acid + 300 tonnes of heavy fuel oil + 30 tonnes of diesel oil
Ship / structure type
Tanker
Built date
1974
Flag
Panamian

On 9 February 1996, the Panamanian tanker Kira was on its way from Jorf Lasfar (Morocco) to Yarimca (Turkey) when it met with very bad weather conditions off Sapientza Island (Greece). It sank with its cargo of 7,600 tonnes of phosphoric acid, 300 tonnes of heavy fuel oil and 30 tonnes of diesel oil. Despite rescue operations being carried out, the 18 crew members remained missing.

Sources:

- IMO/UNEP/MAP/REMPEC, 2004, List of alerts and accidents in the Mediterranean
- HOOKE, Norman, 1997, Maritime Casualties 1963-1996, second edition, LLP Limited, Londres

Last update: 15/02/2010