Atlantic Empress – Aegean Captain – Biggest oil spills
- Place: Tobago
- Date: 19 July 1979
- Amount of spill: 349 800 000 liters
- Costs: $ 187 million
Atlantic Empress – Aegean Captain – An accident that occurred near Tobago. It was not caused by the failure of the oil rig, but the collision of two tankers during a tropical storm. Greek ship Atlantic Empress with Aegean Captain. Both ships broke, leaving behind a huge amount of oil. Fortunately, the disaster happened quite far from the mainland. So the nearest islands were not threatened by this huge pollution
Accident could not be avoided
Due to the storm, none of the ships had the chance to avoid failure. Because it was raining that day and a strong wind was blowing. According to witness statements, the tankers registered their mutual presence only 500 meters before the start. The captain of the ship Aegean Captain, who changed the course slightly at the last moment. He prevented a major disaster. Otherwise, no one would survive. Still, at Atlantic Empress, 26 people were killed. Perhaps because the firefighters failed to take control of the fire and further explosions occurred. Finally, the tanker Aegean Captain was saved. When at that time Atlantic Empress sank in a fire.