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Wafra; Cape Agulhas, South Africa

Cape Agulhas, South Africa | 1971-Feb-27

Initial Notification: On the morning of February 27, 1971, the tanker Wafra was taken under tow off Cape Alghulas, South Africa after her engine room flooded. Later that day the towline broke, and the Wafra drifted onto the Agulhas Reef, five miles from Cape Agulhas. Cargo tanks were ruptured, and Arabian crude oil began to leak from the vessel. On March 8, the vessel was pulled off the reef by the tug Oceanic, and towed to a position 200 miles from the coast where it was deliberately sunk on March 12. Keyword: Sinking..

Incident Details
Products of concern:Arabian crude oil
Latitude (approximate): 35° 0.00′ South
Longitude (approximate): 20° 2.00′ East
On-Water Recovery: Unknown/Not applicable
Shoreline Cleanup: Unknown/Not applicable
Dispersants: Applied
In-Situ Burn: Unknown/Not applicable
Bioremediation: Unknown/Not applicable