Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Statistics on the Oceanos

For the Latin word for the ocean see Oceanus

Launched: 12 July 1952
Status: Sunk
Tonnage: 14,000 gross tons
Length: 152,5m/500ft
Breath: 20m/65ft
Draft: 6,70m/22ft
Speed: Max:18.5 Cruise:16 knots
Complement: 550 passengers, 250 crew
Registry: Greece
MTS Oceanos was a Greek owned cruise ship which sunk off the South African east coast. The Oceanos started its life as the Jean Laborde. The Jean Laborde was the last of 4 sister ships built for Messageries Maritimes in Bordeaux, France.
The class, a twin screw design, were designed for use on the Marseilles - Madagascar - Mauritius service. The Jean Laborde went through many different owners and name changes (Jean Laborde, Mykinai, Ancona, Eastern Princess, Oceanos) until she was acquired by Epirotiki Lines of Greece in 1976.

The Epirotiki Lines put her to good use for many years in the Mediterranean and in 1988; they sent the Oceanos to South Africa where she successfully completed her first cruise season but only to returned in 1991.

On Saturday 3 August 1991, the Oceanos set sail from East London with 571 passengers and crew en-route to Durban. While trying to make up time due to a delayed start because of a bomb threat, the ship encounted rough seas. Earlier repairs to the waste disposal system had not been completed which meant that a vital ventilation pipe which runs through the watertight aft bulkhead and the non-return values were not replaced.
Passengers reported that about 09.30 pm, a muffled explosion was heard and the ship lost power. The Oceanos started taking in water rapidly flooding the engine room and cutting power. By the next morning rescuers found the Oceanos listing badly to one side and adrift just off Coffee Bay.
The South African Air Force helicopters started a 7 hour rescue mission taking people off the Oceanos and out of the water. The crew had abandoned the passengers, but all passengers and crew made it off safely.
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Anonymous said...

Does anyone have a list of crew members aboard, I recently met someone wo claims to have been a crew member

Moss Hills said...

My name is Moss Hills. I was one of the entertainers working on board who ran the rescue operation, because the captain and other officers had abandoned their posts.

I can remember many of the crew who worked on board, but I don't have a list. If you post the name of the person you have met, I would probably remember them.

Zarette said...

I was also a passenger on the Oceanos, but see the passenger list is not complete.
Kotze, Louie
Kotze, Anna
Kotze, Yolande
Kotze, Zarette
Kotze, Jana

After all these years I still remember the entertainment crew that was absolutely fantastic and kept everyone calm

Anonymous said...

His first name was Que, short for Quentin.

Anonymous said...

I often wonder how everyone is doing since the OCEANOS sinking. I was on the ship during that time and remember so clearly how flipping cold I was and now live in England,that reminds me. Julie Mills

Irene said...

Does anybody know why the captain and crew abandonded the ship? Why didn't they let the chldren and women go first? And why didn't anybody do or say anything? Whatever happened to the Captain?