|Owner:||Wilhelmsen Lines Shipowning|
|Port of registry:||Norway|
|Launched:||10 October 1983|
|Fate:||Scrapped 2 August 2013|
|Length:||262.3 m (860 ft 7 in)|
|Beam:||32.26 m (105 ft 10 in)|
|Draught:||9.78 m (32 ft 1 in)|
|Speed:||21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)|
In August 2001, under Captain Arne Rinnan, a diplomatic dispute brewed between Australia, Norway, and Indonesia after Tampa rescued 438 Afghans from a distressed fishing vessel in international waters. The Afghans wanted passage to nearby Christmas Island. The Australian government sought to prevent this by refusing Tampa entry into Australian waters, insisting on their disembarkment elsewhere, and deploying the Special Air Service Regiment to board the ship. At the time of the incident, Tampa carried cargo worth A$20 million, and 27 crew.
The crew of Tampa received the Nansen Refugee Award for 2002 from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for their efforts to follow international principles of saving people in distress at sea.
Cocaine smuggling bust
In October 2006, MV Tampa was one of two Wilhelmsen ships involved in a cocaine-smuggling operation intercepted by the New Zealand Customs Service and the Australian Federal Police. Twenty-seven kilograms (60 lb) of cocaine was allegedly attached to the side of the two cargo ships bound for Australia in purpose-built metal pods, although New Zealand authorities stated they did not believe the ship's crew or owners were involved.
- David Marr, Maria Wilkinson: Dark Victory - How a government lied its way to political triumph. Allen 6 Unwin 2004, ISBN 978-1-74114-447-5.
- Decision of Justice North, Federal Court of Australia 11 September 2001
- Decision of Full Court overturning decision of Justice North, 18 September 2001
- David Marr & Marian Wilkinson Dark Victory. ISBN 1-74114-447-7
- McPhedran, Ian (2005). The Amazing SAS. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-7322-7981-X.
- News.com.au: Reflections by Julian Burnside on Tampa with public comments published to coincide with 5-year anniversary of the event
- Daniel Ross, Violent Democracy, ch. 5.
- Mary Elzabeth Crock: In the Wake of the Tampa: Conflicting Visions of International Refugee Law in the Management of Refugee Flows. Pacific Rim Journal of Law and Policy, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 49–95, 2003.
- Peter Mares: Borderline: Australia's Response to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Wake of the Tampa. UNSW Press 2002, ISBN 0-86840-789-5.
- NauruWire, an Australia based site Update on status of detainees. Accessed 25 June 2005.