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Weisshorn

Name
Weisshorn
Accident date
27/02/1994
Location
Spain
Accident area
Guadalquivir estuary, Andalousia
Spill area
Inshore
Cause of spill
Grounding
Nature of pollutant
Rice
Quantity spilled
6,200 tonnes
Ship / structure type
Container ship
Built date
1976
Flag
Cypriot

On 27 February 1994, the container ship the Weisshorn was waiting for a space in the port of Sevilla off the Guadalquivir estuary (Andalusia) when it met with severe weather conditions. The anchor gave way and the ship was thrown onto rocks, heavily damaging the hull.

An attempt to refloat the ship was made by a tug but the hull of the Weisshorn was already full of water. The ship sank with its cargo, 6,200 tonnes of rice from Bangkok (Thailand).

Over the following months, the rice fermented and gave off breakdown products liable to affect the environment.

Source:

HOOKE, Norman, 1997, Maritime Casualties 1963-1996, second edition, LLP Limited, London

Last update: 02/03/2009