Precis File
SHIP NAME:NassiaKEY:NUM. ENTRIES:6
sourceLMIU
typeC
volume
material
dead12
link

In collision with bulk carrier Shipbroker in Bosporus 13 Mar 1994 Exploded and ran aground Three tanks ruptured causing oil spill Towed ablaze 14 Mar to off Karaburun, Black Sea Fire out 17 Mar Cargo transhipped Taken in tow 17 Apr. 12 dead Arrived Aliaga 20 Apr to be broken up.


sourceHOOKE
typeD
volume
materialRussian crude
dead42
link

Collision occured at Black Sea entrance to Bosporus. Bulk carrier Shipbroker on ballast passage from Chalkis to Novorossisk reported to have a locked rudder which was caused by a generator blackout. Shipbroker caught fire, and ran aground on the Asian shore. 19 dead and five missing on Shipbroker.

Nassia was loaded with 98,500 tons of Russian crude from Novorossisk to Genoa. Caught fire, ran aground on European shore. 12 dead and six missing on Nassia. Master of Nassia Spyros Gorgiou survived.

Both ships were total losses.


sourceBosporus Strait News
typeC
volume29000
material
dead27
link

Crude oil carrier M/T Nassia collided with the bulk carrier M/V Shipbroker, both Cyprus registered. 27 people lost their lives. 9000 tons of petroleum spilled and 20,000 tons burnt four days long affecting the marine environment severely. Traffic in the Strait was suspended for several days and the Shipbroker burnt totally.


sourceCEDRE
typeC
volume33000T
material
dead
linkhttp://www.cedre.fr/en/spill/nassia/nassia.php


sourcePriority issues in the Med
typeC
volume33000T
material
dead
link


sourceCTX
typeC
volume20000T
material
dead42
link

Turkish source says 30 dead and 20000T spill, usa gov says 29, but this must be only one ship.

One source says northern entrance of Istanbul Strait. But spill simulations study says near Rumelkavagi which is maybe 20 miles from the Black Sea.

Nassia had 96,000 tons on-board, salvors claim most recovered. One picture indicates Nassia was hit in port bow. The damage extends from the bow aft thru most of 1P and 1C and inboard to the starboard longitudinal bulkhead. Some of this may have been caused by the fire. LMIU says three tanks were ruptured. Maybe they included the FP or maybe 2P or 1S were also breached. It appears that when the Shipbroker lost power she turned to port. Given the casualties, and the fact that the Shipbroker, an empty bulk carrier, was engulfed in flames all the way aft, the wind was probably blowing from the Nassia to the Shipbroker.

The Nassia had a beam 0f 39.99 m. Her depth of penetration was at least 20 m, probably more than 25.

One source says "caused by pilot error"; but this is contradicted by both Hooke and FSI summary.

ETC says 219900B and southern Black Sea entrance to Bosporus????

Rempec says 2000T spilled, which must be a typo.

This very important casualty is almost always listed as an explosion or collision. Never a machinery failure.

What is remarkable about this killer casualty and spill in a high profile location is that CTX can find no evidence of a real investigation. Both ship were registered in Cyprus. So it is not too surprising that there is apparently no public flag state investigation. But you would think there would be a Turkish investigation. This casualty did result in a strong tightening of the rules for the Bosporus passage.