The MT Castillo de Bellver oil spill began on 6 August 1983, when the Spanish tanker caught fire off Saldanha Bay, approximately 70 miles northwest of Cape Town, South Africa. It was carrying 250,000 t (550,000,000 lb) of light crude oil, and was traveling through an environmentally sensitive area known for its seabird rookeries and productive fisheries. The burning vessel was abandoned and broke apart after drifting offshore. The stern capsized and sunk and the bow was sunk using explosives. A total of 78.5 million US gallons (1.87 million barrels) of oil entered the sea. Onshore impacts were considered negligible as the slick travelled seaward. The only visible impact was the oiling of 1,500 gannets which were on a nearby island.

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  • The MT Castillo de Bellver oil spill began on 6 August 1983, when the Spanish tanker caught fire off Saldanha Bay, approximately 70 miles northwest of Cape Town, South Africa. It was carrying 250,000 t (550,000,000 lb) of light crude oil, and was traveling through an environmentally sensitive area known for its seabird rookeries and productive fisheries. The burning vessel was abandoned and broke apart after drifting offshore. The stern capsized and sunk and the bow was sunk using explosives. A total of 78.5 million US gallons (1.87 million barrels) of oil entered the sea. Onshore impacts were considered negligible as the slick travelled seaward. The only visible impact was the oiling of 1,500 gannets which were on a nearby island. (en)
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