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Sea Spirit

Strait of Gibraltar | 1990-Aug-06

Initial Notification: On the evening of August 6, 1990, the Cypriot tanker Sea Spirit and the Norwegian Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) carrier Hesperus collided in the Strait of Gibraltar. The Sea Spirit was holed on the starboard side above and below the waterline, causing approximately 48,875 barrels of oil to be spilled into the Mediterranean Sea. Estimates of the total volume spilled ranged from 48,875 to 89,426 barrels. The bows of the Hesperus were destroyed, but the vessel was still capable of sailing and did not leak any of her cargo. Keyword: International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF), side looking airborne radar (SLAR), remote sensing, collision, manual removal, boom, straw..

Incident Details
Products of concern:Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO)
Total amount at risk of spill: 3,760,000 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 35° 53.00′ North
Longitude (approximate): 5° 58.00′ West
On-Water Recovery: Unknown/Not applicable
Shoreline Cleanup: Unknown/Not applicable
Dispersants: Applied
In-Situ Burn: Unknown/Not applicable
Bioremediation: Unknown/Not applicable