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Alvenus

The Vlasov-owned tanker "Alvenus" in 'signing on' weather off the Arabian coast. Obviously a BP design she was completed by Vickers Armstrong in 1957. She was sold to Greek pwners in 1970 and renamed "Trader".
On 11 June 1972, when fully loaded, she sank off the Greek coast after the engine room

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Dave, thanks for the interesting history along with the photograph. As she was 34,000 DWT I'm not surprised that she left a rather large oil slick on sinking being fully loaded. Her Greek owners were a one ship outfit called Don Shipping Co. Ltd. (Athens), who seemed to disappear after she floundered so maybe your theory is correct although all the information I could find attributes her sinking to "hull structural failure". The exact cause seem very vague and in some oil spillage tables I have seen the "structural failure" is followed by a "?". She was turbine driven, engines by builder, and had a service speed of 15.5 knots. 662.75'L x 86.92'B. One pump room with 3 main pumps and a stripping system, Butterworth Tank Cleaning. Even in the "Tanker Register" the details are a bit sparse. Still, at least all the crew got off even if the ecological damage was high.
Regards,
Alastair
 

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