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Accident date
Accident area
off Nador
Spill area
Cause of spill
Structural damage
Quantity transported
29, 500 tonnes
Nature of pollutant
unleaded petrol (gasoline)
Quantity spilled
Ship / structure type
Oil tanker
Built date

On 26 December 2000, the Cypriot oil tanker Castor was on its way from Romania to Nigeria with a cargo of 29,500 tonnes of unleaded petrol (gasoline) when it encountered deteriorating weather conditions off Nador (Morocco). During the night of 30 December, a 24 m crack formed on the main deck of the vessel. The crew was evacuated due to the risk generated by gasoline vapours. A salvage team, hired by the owner, took control of the ship.

Emergency repairs were performed to reinforce the structure. Because of the nature of the cargo, several harbours refused the tanker. Consequently, the Castor was towed for 40 days through the Mediterranean. It is only on 8 February that the cargo transfer was carried out off the Tunisian coast.

The American Bureau of Shipping subsequently discovered that the rate corrosion of Castor was fifteen times greater than expected. Since this accident, Turkish authorities are rigorously inspecting all tankers, especially those with "flags of convenience".


- IMO/UNEP/MAP/REMPEC, 2004, List of alerts and accidents in the Mediterranean
- KUTZ Myer, 2005, Handbook of environmental degradation of materials
- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst

Last update on 14/09/2009

See also

Unleaded Gasoline, Chemical response guide

External links

Incident report available on the website Rempec

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