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On 28 July 1999 while on its way from Limassol (Cyprus) to Latakia (Syria), the Honduran cargo vessel Rofayda suffered an explosion and then a fire in the engine room. The ship sank off Cape Greco (Cyprus) with its cargo of 3,000 tonnes of sesame seeds. As it sank, bunker fuel was released. 6 crew members were rescued and 2 went missing.


  • MAMACA Emina, GIRIN Michel, LE FLOCH Stéphane and EL ZIR Rawad, 2009, Review of chemical spills at sea and lessons learnt, Interpsill conference 2009
  • IMO/UNEP/MAP/REMPEC, 2004, List of alerts and accidents in the Mediterranean
  • Hellenic Resources Network

Name: Rofayda

Date: 28 July 1999

Location: Cyprus

Accident area : off Cape Greco

Cause of spill : explosion

Quantity transported : 3,000 tonnes of sesame seeds

Type of pollutants : sesame seeds + bunker fuel

Quantity spilled : 3,000 tonnes of sesame seeds

Ship type : cargo vessel

Date built : 1967

Flag : Honduran

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