aBt sum­mer

Date May 1991


Lo­ca­tion: Off the coast of An­gola The oil tanker ABT Sum­mer, headed for Hol­land, was full to the brim when an ex­plo­sion on board caused the ship to catch fire about 1 450 kilo­me­tres off the coast of An­gola. Due to the ex­plo­sion, the ship be­gan leak­ing its oil into the ocean. The leak cre­ated a 128 square kilo­me­tre oil slick as the tanker burned for three days be­fore sink­ing. The whole cargo of 80 mil­lion gal­lons of oil was lost to the sea, but thank­fully the ma­jor­ity of the spill is be­lieved to have been bro­ken up by rough seas and caused lit­tle en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age, thanks to the off­shore lo­ca­tion of the event.

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