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The Miramar Ship Index for "SEA SOVEREIGN"
1977 SOUTH SUN - 1979 SALEM
Set on fire 12.38 N / 18.34 W on 17.01.1980 (barratry) [ Voyage Mena al Ahmadi-Italy, crude oil ]
Additional info :
1969: Delivered to Salénrederierna AB, Stockholm Sweden as SEA SOVEREIGN.
1977: Sold to Pimmerton Shipping Ltd., Liberia and renamed SOUTH SUN.
1979: Sold to Oxford Shipping, Liberia and renamed SALEM.
17/1 1980: Sank off the coast of Senegal in a pos. 12.38 N, 18.34 W during a voyage from Mena al Ahmadi.
At the time a certain amount of mystery surrounded her loss and it is also reported that under the name
"LEMA" she had called at Durban during Dec. 1979 and discharged the cargo of oil that she had
loaded at Mena al Ahmadi.
Another additional info :
SS SEA SOVEREIGN
Builders:- Kockums Mek-Vek AB Sweden
Yard No:- 518
IMO No: 7000798
Owners:- Salenrederierna AB Sweden
Type of Vessel:- V.L.C.C.
213,928 Dwt - LOA 316.1 x Extreme Breadth 48.6 Mtrs - Sea Speed 16 Knots
Sold in 1977 to Pimmerton Shipping Ltd Liberia & renamed SOUTH SUN
Sold in 1979 to Oxford Shipping Inc Liberia & renamed SALEM
Vessel was reported to be listing heavily and sinking on the 17-1-80 off the coast of Senegal and
the crew rescued by the VLCC ss BRITISH TRIDENT. It is beleived the ship was scuttled by her crew
to claim a false insurance scam for the ships hull and cargo of crude oil for the vessels owners. The large
amount of crude oil she was carrying was believed at the time to have been pumped ashore at South
Africa before the ship sailed and she was then later scuttled.