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Continental Lotus

Continental Lotus
Accident date
Eastern Mediterranean
Accident area
300 km east of Malta Island
Spill area
Cause of spill
Structural damage
Product transported
iron ore
Quantity transported
51, 600 tonnes
Quantity spilled
51, 600 tonnes
Ship / structure type
Bulk carrier
Built date

On 21 January 1991, the Indian bulk carrier Continental Lotus was travelling from Mormugao (India) to Genova (Italy), when she suffered a crack in her hull in the eastern Mediterranean.

The ship sank 300 km east of Malta Island with its cargo of 51,600 tonnes of iron ore. During this accident, 4 crew members were rescued but 12 were reported missing and 26 died.

In this particular case, the cargo was not a hazard as it was an inert substance. The potential pollutant was the oil used as fuel, stored in the bunker tanks.


- IMO/UNEP/MAP/REMPEC, 2004, List of alerts and accidents in the Mediterranean
- BERTRAND Alain R., 2000, Transport maritime et pollution accidentelle par le pétrole, Editions Technip
- OECD, 2001, The cost to users of substandard shipping
- HOOKE Norman, 1997, Maritime casualties 1963-1996, second edition, LLP Limited, Londres
- Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, 2002, FSA Study on bulk carrier safety conducted by Japan

Last update on 14/09/2009

External links

CIIMAR database:  fate and weathering of Hazardous and Noxious Substances (HNS) involved

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