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Pic given to me of the tanker BRAER aground in the Bay of Quendale in the Shetland Isles in January 1993 and brought about one of the worst environmental catastrophes at least since EXXON VALDEZ.
BRAER was built as a HELLESPONT tanker becoming BRAE TRADER then BRAER.
 

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I was on the Far Grimshader taking a full load of detergent to clean up the mess. North of Sumburgh there was a strong smell of oil. The weather was atrocious force 11-12 all the way.
Approaching the Shell berth at Holmsgarth we were maneouvering astern into a force 12 coming down the saddle of the hill there, Tommy Grimes at the controls showed exemplary seamanship to get us alongside in evil conditions. After twelve hours alongside nothing was offloaded as the cargo was deemed more toxic than the Braer's cargo so we took it back to the mainland.

BBC weather said the weather in Shetland had not dropped below force 12 for three weeks...

Colin
 
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