The sinking Amoco Cadiz
|Owner:||Amoco Transport Co.|
|Port of registry:||Liberia|
|Laid down:||24 November 1973|
|Out of service:||16 March 1978|
|Identification:||IMO number: 7336422|
|Fate:||Sunk at Coordinates:|
|Tonnage:||233,690 DWT; 109,700 GRT|
|Length:||334.02 m (1,095.9 ft)|
|Beam:||51.06 m (167.5 ft)|
|Draught:||19.80 m (65.0 ft)|
|Speed:||15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)|
|Capacity:||1.6 Mbbl (250×103 m3)|
Amoco Cadiz was a very large crude carrier (VLCC) under the Liberian flag of convenience owned by Amoco. On 16 March 1978, she ran aground on Portsall Rocks, 5 km (3 mi) from the coast of Brittany, France; and ultimately split in three and sank, resulting in the largest oil spill of its kind in history to that date.
Amoco Cadiz contained 1,604,500 barrels (219,797 tons) of light crude oil from Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia and Kharg Island, Iran. Severe weather resulted in the complete breakup of the ship before any oil could be pumped out of the wreck, resulting in her entire cargo of crude oil (belonging to Shell) and 4,000 tons of fuel oil being spilled into the sea.
- SS Torrey Canyon – nearby and similar oil spill disaster in 1967
- MT Haven – formerly Amoco Milford Haven, sister ship of Amoco Cadiz, that sank causing an oil spill disaster in 1991
- List of environment topics
- List of oil spills
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- Media related to Amoco Cadiz at Wikimedia Commons