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Erkowit

Nom
Erkowit
Date de l'accident
11/10/1970
Lieu
Spain
Zone du naufrage
Cape Vilano, Galicia
Zone du déversement
Inshore
Cause de l'accident
Collision
Nature polluant
Insecticide
Type de navire / structure
Longueur
0
Largeur
0
Tirant d'eau
0
Pavillon
Sudanese

While on its way from Liverpool (UK) to Port Sudan (Sudan) in thick fog, the container ship Erkowit was severely damaged following collision with the Durtmond, a German steamboat.
 
 The German vessel managed to save all the crew members of the Erkowit. The container ship was towed away and beached in the Bay of La Coruña. Attempts to repair the vessel with wood failed and strong waves rapidly deteriorated it.
 
 The wreck of the Erkowit and part of its cargo, 2,000 barrels of insecticide, were abandoned on the beach. This incident is highly likely to have resulted in the pollution of the region's coastal waters, but few studies were conducted on the environmental impact.

Sources :

  • HOOKE, Norman, 1997, Maritime Casualties 1963-1996, second edition, LLP Limited, London
Last update on 02/03/2009
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