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Esso Brussels (2) - (1967-1973)
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The second "Esso Brussels" was build in1960.
"Esso Brussels".

On 2 June 1973, the SS C.V. SEA WITCH lost steering control in New York harbor. The ship moved out of the channel and struck and pene-trated the anchored Belgian tankship SS ESSO BRUSSELS which was loaded with crude oil. The 31,000 barrels of oil from three ruptured tanks ignited and the resulting fire engulfed both ships. The master and two crewmembers died aboard the SEA WITCH. The master and ten crewmembers of the ESSO BRUSSELS died after abandoning ship, one crewmember died aboard ship, and one crewmember is missing. Some nearby beaches were polluted, and damage to the ships and cargo amounted to about $23 million. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause was a mechanical failure in the steering system of the SEA WITCH and the lack of adequate and timely action by the crew to control their ship after the failure occurred. The cause of the loss of steering was the deficient design of the system which did not provide 'two separate and independent steering control systems' as required by 46 CFR 58.25. The cause of the fire, pollution, and deaths after the collision was that the typically designed bow of the SEA WITCH penetrated the hull of the ESSO BRUSSELS instead of absorbing the crash energy.
 
"Esso Brussels".
"Esso Brussels".
"Esso Brussels".
"Esso Brussels", Suez-Channel.
( Photo thanks to Robert )
 
"Esso Brussels".
 
"Esso Brussels".
"Esso Brussels".
Constuction of the "Esso Brussels".
( Esso-photo)
 
"Esso Brussels".
 
"Esso Brussels".
 
"Esso Brussels".

The Miramar Ship Index for "ESSO BRUSSELS"
IDNo:
5107035
Year:
1960
Name:
ESSO BRUSSELS
Keel:
Type:
Tanker
Launch Date:
26.10.1959
Flag:
BEL
Date of completion:
02.1960

Tons:
26843
Link:
-
DWT:
40800
Yard No:
442
Length overall:
213.2
Ship Design:
LPP:
202.8
Country of build:
SWE
Beam:
29.7
Builder:
Kockums
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Malmo
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1ST-17

Subsequent History:
1973 PETROLA XVII - 1974 SPIRO -
1975 PETROLA XXXVI - 1976 PETROLA 36

Disposal Data:
Scrapped at Aliaga 21.10.1985.

History :
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Registered Owner
5107035
5107035
1960
ESSO BRUSSELS
26843
Esso Belgium
5107035
5107035
1960
PETROLA XVII
26843
1973
Iphigenia Sg. & Tdg. Corp.
5107035
5107035
1960
SPIRO
26843
1974
Iphigenia Sg. & Tdg. Corp.
5107035
5107035
1960
PETROLA XXXVI
26843
1975
John S. Latsis
5107035
5107035
1960
PETROLA 36
26843
1976
Iphigenia Sg. & Tdg. Corp.

Additional Information :

S.S. "ESSO BRUSSELS (2)" -  ONET     (1960-1973).
2.1960 geouwd door Kockums Mekaniske  Verksted A.B., Malmo. (442).
26.467 B.R.T., 16.422 N.T., 43.964 D.W.T., - L X B X H  = 2l3.l2 (202.83) x 29.65 x 15,102 (11.59) meter.
Twee stoomturbines De Laval - werf, D.R. op een schroefas, 16.500 a.p.k. 17,25 kn., T.W. 26.10.1959, proefvaart 16-19.2.1960.
2.6.1973: nabij Stapleton in de haven van New York voor anker liggend door het Amerikaanse containerschip”Seawitch
(1968 - 17.902 B.R.T., (aangevaren en in brand geraakt ). De “Esso Brussels”' was aangekomen van Bonny (Nigeria).
In Gravesend Bay aan de grond gezet (13).
Verkocht en op 8.11.1973 gesleept naar en te Piraeus aangekomen om te worden hersteld.
1974: “PETROLA XVII”, Iphigenia Shipping and Trading Corporation (John D. Latsis). Piraeus.
1974: “SPIRO”, Iphigenia Shipping and Trading Corporation (John D. Latsis). Piraeus.
1975: “PETROLA XXXVI”, Iphigenia Shipping and Trading Corporation (John D. Latsis). Piraeus.
1983: “PETROLA 36”, Iphigenia Shipping and Trading Corporation (John D. Latsis). Piraeus.
1976: “PETROLA 36”, Bilinder Marine Corporation (John D. Latsis). Piraeus.
19.10.1985 door de”Megas Alexandros” uit Piraeus weggesleept.
21.10.1985 te Aliaga aangekomen om te worden gesloopt bij Leyal Gemi Sokum Ticaret A/S.