VLCC 'METULA' Oil Spill
TEXAS A AND M RESEARCH FOUNDATION COLLEGE STATION
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On 9 August 1974, the METULA, a 206,000 deadweight VLCC Very Large Crude Carrier enroute from Ras Tenura, Saudi Arabia to Quintera Bay, Chile with a load of 195,673 tons of Arabia light crude, ran aground on the Satellite Patch Shoal in the Straits of Magellan, Chile. The author was detailed by the U.S. Coast Guard to proceed to the spill site to serve in the capacity of Science Advisor to the U.S. National Strike Force sent to assist the Chilean government abate the spill. This report summarizes History of the spill deposition of oil on the shore impact of the oil on the shore comments regarding feasibility of containment, cleanup or stabilization.
- Civil Engineering