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PACIFIC GLORY at Liverpool, undated
Photo collection:Peter Schliefke (copyright unknown)

Built by Sasebo Heavy Industries, Yard-No.166
42704 GRT, 77648 dwt – Loa.243.8m – 236.9 x 36.6m
Launched:11-04-1966. Completion: -10-1966
08-01-1982 broken up at Kaohsiung

*Pacific Glory
The incident
On the evening of 23 October 1970, the tanker the Pacific Glory was sailing
from Nigeria to Rotterdam with a load of 70,000 tonnes of Nigerian crude oil
when the tanker the Allegro, loaded with 100,000 tonnes of Libyan crude oil,
collided with her. An explosion occurred on the Pacific Glory generating a fire.
Oil began to leak from the starboard side of the vessel. 13 of the 42 crew
members were killed in the incident. The following day the Pacific Glory
grounded 8 km from the shore. The Allegro managed to continue her route to
Fawley (near Southampton).

It took the Portsmouth City Fire Brigade 40 hours to stop the fire. Meanwhile
tugs were spraying dispersants on the oil slicks. Response operations were
facilitated by the meteorological conditions. Some of the oil was naturally
dispersed in heavy seas. Luckily, none of the 6,000 tonnes of spilled oil
reached the tourist beaches of the Isle of Wight. Only a few beaches from
Sussex were slightly polluted.

On 29 October, the Shell tanker the Halia began the lightering of the Pacific
Glory and pumped some of the remaining oil out of her tanks. This operation
took quite a long time as it was interrupted because of the weather. The
vessel was eventually refloated on 7 November. She was then towed to
Lymes Bay, England, where water was pumped from her tanks. She was then
towed to Rotterdam, where she arrived on 17 November. The Pacific Glory
was declared a total loss. Then, after one year left in the harbour, she was
towed to Hong Kong for repair. In November 1972, she changed ownership
and was renamed the Oriental Confidence.

Impact and compensation
Thanks to the rapidity of the response operations, the incident did not cause
too much damage on the shoreline and very few oiled birds were found.
Compensation for response costs and economic impact, paid by the
TOVALOP fund, amounted to £330,000.

Pacific Glory
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