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Limburg

Name
Limburg
Accident date
06/10/2002
Location
Yemen
Accident area
3 nautical miles from Ash-Shihr port, Hadramawt province
Spill area
Offshore
Cause of spill
Attack
Quantity transported
57, 000 tonnes
Nature of pollutant
crude Arabian heavy
Quantity spilled
12, 000 tonnes
Ship / structure type
Oil tanker (Double hull)
Built date
2000
Length
330.00 m
Flag
French (Kerguelen)
Manager
Euronay (Luxembourg)

On 6 October 2002 at 8 am, the French double hull oil tanker the Limburg was hit by explosives from a small craft. The vessel, with a total capacity of 300,000 tonnes, was going to the loading buoy (SBM) at the Ash Shihr oil terminal (Hadramawt province) with 57,000 tonnes of crude Arabian heavy to top off, after a stop in Ra’s Tannura (Saudi Arabia), when the explosion occured at 3 km from the terminal.

As a result of the attack, the starboard tank number 4 was holed in two places, and the spilled hydrocarbon went on fire. The fire lasted for 36 hours. It was fought by the tug boat present next to the SBM loading buoy and by the security staff of  Nexen company.

Close-up of the Limburg
Close-up of the Limburg
Damage to the Limburg
Damage to the Limburg
Last update: 02/05/2004