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Sea Star

Sea Star
Accident date
United Arab Emirates
Accident area
Persian Gulf (Gulf of Oman)
Spill area
Cause of spill
Nature of pollutant
Indonesian crude oil
Ship / structure type
Oil tanker
893 m
127 m
South Korean

On 19 December 1972, the Sea Star was transporting a cargo of crude oil from Saudi Arabia to Rio de Janeiro.

In the Gulf of Oman, the ship collided with the Brazilian vessel Horta Barbosa. The hull of the Sea Star cracked open, releasing its entire cargo of crude oil.

The vessel went on fire and exploded. Twelve crew members died in the accident. The survivors and crew of the Brazilian vessel were rescued by the Amoco Baltimore and a Norwegian vessel present on site.

The fire spread to the Horta Barbosa but was quickly brought under control. This vessel was towed away on the same day. The Sea Star continued to burn. A series of explosions occurred until the ship finally sank on the morning of 24 December.

No response actions are known to have been implemented. The Horta Barbosa was repaired in Hamburg and took up service again in November 1973.


- IncidentNews from NOAA
- Alain R. Bertrand Transport Maritime et pollution accidentelle par le pétrole – Faits et chiffres (1951-1999), p95

Last update on 27/07/2012
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