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Nordfrakt

Name
Nordfrakt
Accident date
25/10/1992
Location
Netherlands
Accident area
50 km off Noordwijk
Spill area
Offshore
Cause of spill
Structural damage
Quantity transported
2, 352 tonnes
Nature of pollutant
lead concentrate
Quantity spilled
2, 352 tonnes
Ship / structure type
Cargo vessel
Built date
1973
Shipyard
J.J. Sietas GmbH & Co., K.G. Schiffsw., Hambourg, Allemagne
Length
76.03 m
Width
11.82 m
Flag
Norwegian

On 25 October 1992, the Norwegian cargo vessel Nordfrakt which was on voyage from Szczecin (Poland) to Antwerp (Belgium) encountered bad weather in the North Sea. Due to heavy seas, a displacement of the cargo occurred and the ship sank 50 km off Noordwijk (Netherlands) with 2,352 tonnes of lead concentrate.

The 6 crew members were rescued from two liferafts by helicopter.

Salvage operations to pump out the cargo from the wreck began in January 1993 and in March of that year, salvors started to cut up the wreck and remove it in pieces.

Sources :

- Bonn Agreement, 1999, Chemical spills at sea: case studies, BONN 99/3/6-E
- HOOKE, Norman, 1997, Maritime Casualties 1963-1996, second edition, LLP Limited, Londres

Last update: 17/08/2009