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CHAMPION TRADER

Mississippi River | 1998-Oct-29

Initial Notification: On October.29, 1998, a crewman welding aboard the 557-foot tank ship Champion Trader triggered an explosion in the #7 port-side cargo tank. The explosion tore a 40 x 30-foot hole in the side of the ship. The explosion killed one crew member and injured four others and caused the release of approximately 3000 gallons of IFO 380 and 3,100 barrels of palm kernel oil, stearin. USCG district 8. Keyword: vegetable oil.

Incident Details
Products of concern:IFO-180 and palm kernel oil
Total amount at risk of spill: 3,000 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 27° 6.00′ North
Longitude (approximate): 87° 16.00′ West