Sea Star

Starting Date 
Tuesday, December 19, 1972
Type 
tanker
Location 
off coast of Oman
Estimated Spillage 
843,000 barrels (35.3 million gallons) crude oil

The Sea Star, a Korean supertanker, collided with the Brailian tanker, Horta Barbosa, off the coast of Oman. The vessel leaked, burning oil from a 40-foot hole in its side. It exploded and eventually sank five days after the collision. The Horta Barbosa also burned, but that fire was extinguished within a day.