9 December 1993, the chemical tanker Grape One was sailing off the
coast of Devon from the Tees to Haifa. She was loaded with 3,000
tonnes of xylene, a weak but highly flammable pollutant, which is
often composed of three isomers.
The meteorological conditions were particularly bad that day. A ballast tank ruptured creating a 40 degree list. The crew (13 Filipinos and 2 Italians) were rescued and air-lifted by helicopter. They were send to hospital in Plymouth.
The Grape One sank with her cargo. No further response was implemented and how much of the cargo was spilled remains unknown.
Name: Grape One
Date: 9 December 1993
Accident area: off coast of Devon
Cause of spill: rupture of ballast tank
Type of pollutant: xylene
Quantity transported : 3,000 tonnes
Quantity spilled: 3,000 tonnes
Ship type: chemical tanker
Date built: 1972
Shipyard: Ankerlokken Verft Glommen AS, Fredrikstad
Length: 100.72 m
Width: 14.64 m
Draught: 6.56 m
Owner: Rhapsody Shipping Ltd
Last update: June 2011