Marine Heritage Database

Kurdistan - 1979

Ship Type

Typical Profile

G

R

O

R


Code Flags

Tonnage

19869

Length(ft)

192

Breadth(ft)

26.95

Depth(ft)

10.4

Masts

Decks

Hull

Shipwreck Details

Description

Owned by the Nile SS. Co. Ltd.

Story

Approximately eight hours after running into heavy ice which caused two fractures during a gale, KURDISTAN broke in two. The crew were rescued by the coast guard vessel SIR WILLIAM ALEXANDER. Before abandoning ship they managed to pump most of the oil into undamaged tanks within the vessel. This limited what could have been a catastrophic spill but 10,000 tons of oil was still released and the clean-up lasted 10 months. The bow section was towed to deep water south of Sable Island and deliberately sunk on April 1 by naval demolition divers and gunfire from HMCS MARGAREE. The stern section remained afloat and was towed to Europe where a new bow section was built. An inquiry later blamed the wreck on bad welding from a repair job made shortly before the sinking.

Vessel Type

Motor, Tanker

Type of Event

Total loss

Nature of Event

Collision

Cause of Event

Ice

Date of Wreck

1979-03-15

Location

Cabot Strait

Cargo

Bunker C

Lives Lost

Voyage from

Point Tupper, Nova Scotia , Canada

Voyage to

Baie des Sept-Iles, Quebec , Canada

Remarks

Ship Construction

Built at

United Kingdom

Date

1973

Official Number

337391

Registered at

Liberia

Date

Propulsion

Rig

Details

Built by Swan Hunter S. B. Ltd.

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