An explosion caused a fire, and the ship ultimately broke in two. The stern section sank; the bow section was towed away from the coast and sunk with the aid of explosives.
Very little was done since winds carried the oil offshore to the Benguela Current. There was some dispersant use.
- 1,500 gannets were oiled.
- Some seals surfaced during dispersant spraying, but were not thought to be harmed.
- “Black rain” of oil droplets fell during the first 24 hours on wheat-growing and sheep-grazing fields, but no long-term damage was recorded.
- There was negligible damage to fishing grounds and fish stock (this is important reproduction area).