On 29 October 1998, an explosion on the Champion Trader resulted in the release of 14 m3 of heavy fuel oil and 460 tonnes of palm oil into Southwest Pass, in the Mississippi Delta (Louisiana).
The oil drifted 3 km downriver. Only 20 tonnes of palm oil were recovered.
Name: Champion Trader
Date: 29 October 1998
Accident area : Mississippi River, Louisiana
Cause of spill : explosion
Quantity transported : 800 m3 of heavy fuel oil
Type of pollutants : heavy fuel oil, palm oil, coconut oil
Quantities spilled : 14 m3 of heavy fuel oil and 460 tonnes of palm oil
Ship type : tanker
Last update: August 2009