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Splendid Breeze

Name
Splendid Breeze
Accident date
06/12/1973
Location
Spain
Accident area
Off the Salvage Islands, between the Canary Islands and Madeira
Spill area
Offshore
Cause of spill
Structural damage
Nature of pollutant
Bunker fuel
Quantity spilled
2,000 tonnes
Ship / structure type
Tanker
Built date
1965
Flag
Liberian

On 6 December 1973, the tanker Splendid Breeze was travelling from Liverpool to Mena Al Ahmadi (Kuwait) when it grounded off the Salvage Islands, 85 miles north of the Canaries.

Four days later, the vessel broke in two and sank. 2,000 tonnes of bunker fuel were spilt at sea.
The 36 crew members were rescued and taken to Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain).

Sources:

- HOOKE, Norman, 1997, Maritime Casualties 1963-1996, second edition, LLP Limited, Londres
- Banque de données sur les accidents de navire ayant provoqué un déversement de pétrole en mer supérieur à 500 tonnes - Volume II - 1970-1974, Janvier 1979, Institut Français du Pétrole

Last update: 02/03/2009