- Erik Twiest
- December 27, 2014 - 08:36
I never forgot this horrible accident. I was in 1988 the Loading Master which loaded the Gasoline for the TV Athenian Venture, and made the cargo documents before the vessel sailed from the Port of Amsterdam. Months later we got a visit from LLoyds with all kind of questions, and I saw for the first time the pictures of the burnt wreckage, the Lloyds Inspector was asking, what you see? I saw nothing, difficult to concentrate on such a disaster, and then he told me, look a the position of the davids, they where not used, they stood completely straight! The life boats just burned away. We at the Terminal in Amsterdam, always wondered what could be the cause. Even as we heard the cargo, gasoline, the samples where inspected for a to high RVP, because of over butanenizing, but there was no proof in the samples. The Terminal Manager remembered maintenance work was carried out at the Jetty ( Comos North Location) for a defective heating coil in one of the cargo tanks. I don't even know if the vessel had heating coils, the point is I never heard anything more about the vessel, as only some articles on the internet. It's still a mystery, and I can understand the feeling of the Family, not to know what exactly happened.
- August 12, 2010 - 15:09
- August 09, 2010 - 18:35
Incredible disaster...sory to read that
- Caitlin Verfenstein
- September 15, 2010 - 12:34
Very interesting article but I don't understand why an investigation is to be re-opened 20 years later. Could anyone enlighten me? Could the company still be liable? (I mean are there statutes of limitation on this kind of thing? - the owners could even be dead by now...) In any case, why now?