- Mundogas Oslo
- Accident date
- Gulf of Bothnia, Finland/Sweden
- Accident area
- north of Grundkallen
- Spill area
- Cause of spill
- Product transported
- Quantity transported
- 2, 000 tonnes
- Nature of pollutant
- Quantity spilled
- Ship / structure type
- Gas tanker
- Built date
- Drammen Slip & Verk, Norway
- 91.2 m
- 14.66 m
On 22 October 1966, north of Grundkallen (Sweden), the gas carrier Mundogas Oslo collided with the Finish vessel Sara. Following the collision, the Mundogas Oslo listed heavily and, 4 hours after the collision, was partially submerged, with its stern resting on the seafloor. That day, visibility was reduced to 300 metres due to heavy fog. The gas carrier, with 30 crew members onboard, was transporting 2,000 tonnes of liquid ammonia.
Adverse weather conditions (formation of ice, fog) made salvage attempts difficult.
After three and a half months, the bow sank in waters 64 metres deep in the Gulf of Bothnia.
The wreck is still sitting on the ocean floor. Studies have shown the presence of chronic leaks of ammonia from the tanks. According to certain estimations, 940 tonnes remain onboard. Since the accident, more than half of the cargo is believed to have been released into the sea.
To this day, this remains the only gas carrier to have sunk following a collision.
- D. Castelet, 4 mai 2006, Galerne, Accidents et incidents
- HOOKE, Norman, 1997, Maritime Casualties 1963-1996, second edition, LLP Limited, Londres
- IMO/MSC 77/INF.2, 20/02/2003
CIIMAR database: fate and weathering of Hazardous and Noxious Substances (HNS) involved