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Esso Wandsworth

Nom
Esso Wandsworth
Date de l'accident
23/09/1965
Lieu
England
Zone du naufrage
Lower Hope Reach, Thames
Zone du déversement
Inland water
Cause de l'accident
Collision
Nature polluant
Light fuel oil
Type de navire / structure
Date de construction
1943
Lieu de construction
Barnes, Duluth Ship Building Co
Longueur
111.59
Largeur
18.35
Tirant d'eau
4.6
Pavillon
British
Propriétaire
Esso Petroleum Co. Ltd

The tanker the Esso Wandworth was sailing on the river Thames from Thames Haven, on the Essex Shore, to Littlebrook Power Station, Dartford, loaded with 5,000 tonnes of light fuel oil. On 23 September, she collided with the Dutch vessel Moerdyk in heavy fog, in Lower Hope Reach. The Esso Wandworth port side was holed. 5,000 tonnes of fuel oil spilled into the Thames.

The vessel was then beached upstream by a tug. A few days later, she was refloated and towed to Gravesend. However, on 12 October, an explosion occured during repair works. The vessel went on fire. The fire was rapidly extinguished, but the ship was badly damaged. She was later sold for demolition.

Sources :

  • HOOKE, Norman, 1997, Maritime Casualties 1963-1996, second edition, LLP Limited, Londres
  • IFP, Banques de données sur les accidents de navire ayant provoqué un déversement de pétrole en mer supérieur à 500 tonnes, 1955-1969, Réf. 26 693, Janvier 1979
Last update on 02/06/2004
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