In April 1992 Katina P was a 26-year-old tanker that had been declared unseaworthy whereas anchored at Rio de Janeiro, and was ordered to steam that spring from that port to Bangladesh to be damaged up. But whereas crossing the Atlantic the grasp acquired orders to show about and cargo a final load of gasoline oil in Venezuela, destined for Fujirah, within the United Arab Emirates.
On 16 April 1992, loaded with 66,700 tons of heavy oil in Venezuela, the tanker Katina P was caught in gigantic waves off the coast of Mozambique. The vessel misplaced hull plating amidships leading to a launch of roughly three,000 tonnes of cargo. To forestall the vessel from sinking, the grasp intentionally ran the ship aground on a sand financial institution at about 6 miles from the coast of Mozambique and 25 miles north of Maputo after which deserted ship together with his crew.
The tug John Ross was dispatched from South Africa. On 26 April, the disabled tanker was refloated and towed to the Mozambique Channel the place plans had been being made to pump the remainder of the cargo of oil into awaiting tankers. However, whereas beneath tow, the vessel broke in two and sank on 26th April, roughly 85 nautical miles off Mozambique, with an additional launch of oil. The US Coast Guard, NOAA and EPA assisted Mozambique within the huge cleanup. Floating booms had been deployed to protected delicate websites and several other thousand people, native authority workers and volunteers manually cleaned the seashores. The south-moving Agulhas present unfold the spilled oil into Maputo Bay, the estuaries of Incomati and Matola rivers, mangrove swamps of Montanhana and Catembe, seashores of Catembe, Polana, Costa do Sol and Bairro dos Pescadores, Xefinas Island, and plenty of extra with disastrous environmental and socio-economic results.
(Source: CEDRE, ITOPF, Perdurabo 10)
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