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 Esso Wandsworth

SpillsEsso Wandsworth

The tanker the Esso Wandworth was sailing on the river Thames from Thames Haven, on the Essex Shore, to Littlebrook Power Station, Dartford, loaded with 5,000 tonnes of light fuel oil. On 23 September, she collided with the Dutch vessel Moerdyk in heavy fog, in Lower Hope Reach. The Esso Wandworth port side was holed. 5,000 tonnes of fuel oil spilled into the Thames.

The vessel was then beached upstream by a tug. A few days later, she was refloated and towed to Gravesend. However, on 12 October, an explosion occured during repair works. The vessel went on fire. The fire was rapidly extinguished, but the ship was badly damaged. She was later sold for demolition.


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  • IFP, Banques de données sur les accidents de navire ayant provoqué un déversement de pétrole en mer supérieur à 500 tonnes, 1955-1969, Réf. 26 693, Janvier 1979

Name: Esso Wandsworth

Date: 23 September 1965

Location: England

Accident area : Lower Hope Reach, Thames

Cause of spill : collision

Type of pollutant : light fuel oil

Quantity spilled : 5,000 tonnes

Ship type : oil tanker

Date built : 1943

Shipyard : Barnes, Duluth Ship Building Co.

Length : 111.59 m

Width : 18.35 m

Draught : 4.60 m

Flag : British

Owner : Esso Petroleum Co. Ltd

Last update: June 2011

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