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Rofayda

Name
Rofayda
Accident date
28/07/1999
Location
Cyprus
Accident area
Off Cape Greco
Spill area
Offshore
Cause of spill
Explosion
Quantity transported
3,000 tonnes of sesame seeds
Nature of pollutant
Sesame seeds + bunker fuel
Quantity spilled
3,000 tonnes of sesame seeds
Ship / structure type
Cargo vessel
Built date
1967
Shipyard
Atlas Werke A.G., Bremen
Length
74.70 m
Width
11.40 m
Flag
Honduran

On 28 July 1999 while on its way from Limassol (Cyprus) to Latakia (Syria), the Honduran cargo vessel Rofayda suffered an explosion and then a fire in the engine room. The ship sank off Cape Greco (Cyprus) with its cargo of 3,000 tonnes of sesame seeds. As it sank, bunker fuel was released. 6 crew members were rescued and 2 went missing.

Sources :

- MAMACA E., GIRIN M., LE FLOCH S. et al, 2009, Are HNS spills more dangerous than oil spills? A white paper for the Interspill 2009 Conference and the 4th IMO R&D Forum, Marseille, France, May 2009, p. 47
- IMO/UNEP/MAP/REMPEC, 2004, List of alerts and accidents in the Mediterranean
- Hellenic Resources Network

Last update: 30/11/2009

See also

Fénès, Date : 25/09/1996 Location: France

Infiniti, Date : Summer 1995 Location: Curacao