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Turgut Reis

Turgut Reis
Accident date
Accident area
170 km north of Corunna
Spill area
Cause of spill
Structural damage
Quantity transported
18,000 tonnes
Nature of pollutant
Diesel oil
Quantity spilled
220 tonnes
Ship / structure type
Oil tanker
Built date

While travelling from Le Havre to the Mediterranean, loaded with 18,000 tonnes of diesel oil, the oil tanker Turgut Reis entered a violent storm 170 km north of Corunna (Spain). On 15 December 1979, the ship sustained a major breach in the hull, allowing part of the cargo of diesel to spill out into the sea.

With the cargo leaking out and water seeping in, the crew requested immediate assistance. However, due to the atrocious weather conditions, help did not arrive until 8 hours later.
The Turgut Reis was towed to off Gibraltar. It was declared a constructive total loss and the wreck was sold to Turkish shipbreakers.

Source :

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

Last update: 02/06/2011