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Photographer:Mats [View profile]Title:Seawise GiantAdded:Feb 25, 2007
Photo Category: Casualties
"Seawise Giant" burning fiercely after being bombed by Iraq at Hormuz 14 May 1988.

In the burning oil on the port side of the ship you can only just see the 235.000 dwt VLCC "Barcelona", which was loading oil from "Seawise Giant" at the time. She is down by the bow and leaning to her starboard side after being hit by bombs on the forecastle, in front of the superstructure and on the starboard side aft.

The "Seawise Giant" was hit by several bombs. However, the massive fire was caused by a 500 kg bomb that went through her deck amidship on the port side. The blast ripped a hole of about 8 x 12 meters in her port side below her waterline, and oil from the ruptured tank flowed out, engulfing the ships.

I do not know who took the photo but I have had it in a box since 1992 (I worked at the company who bought the wrecked "Seawise Giant" in late 1989) and thought it deserved to be shared 19 years after it was made.
Vessel Identification
Former name(s):
- Knock Nevis (Until 2009 Dec)
- Jahre Viking (Until 2004 Aug)
- Happy Giant (Until 1991 Jan)
- Seawise Giant (Until 1989 Dec)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Floating Storage/production
Gross tonnage:260,851 tons
Summer DWT:564,650 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1976
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Photo Comments (9)

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Lucske on Mar 05, 2018 08:41 (9 months ago)
I was with the tugboat Beaufort at the Persian Gulf when the attack took place . So i took the picture .
We where doing fi fi work for 1 week and the the Barcelone exploded . We had 3 dead people on board included my 2 de engineer , a Filippino man . The ship next to us sunk , no survivors . It was the Scan Partner from Denmark . My contact adres is
MattyBoy on Sep 24, 2015 16:56 (3 years ago)
Interesting link. Thanx Ian.
Ian Thomas on Sep 14, 2015 11:27 (3 years ago)
A link to the Barcelona Mattyboy:

Ian Thomas
MattyBoy on Sep 14, 2015 11:09 (3 years ago)
What happened to the Barcelona? Was she scrapped or did she sink?
tvtech on Oct 21, 2012 11:03 (6 years ago)
Seawise Giant went through hell in her life. None of it through her own doing. She was reliable as a ship and was an Icon that will never be replaced. I wanted to cry when I saw her burning like that. Brings back sad memories.

RIP my good ship
Brendan Sardelic on Apr 15, 2010 14:35 (8 years ago)
Wow, that's an amazing photo! The fact that the M.T. Seawise Giant was bought & repaired about two years or so after this incident and has been roaming around our oceans on it's 25m draught ever since (until earlier this year) is unbelievable!
Peter Thede on Feb 25, 2007 15:20 (11 years ago)
top picture and thank you for posting, regards peter
Mats on Feb 25, 2007 14:04 (11 years ago)
Yes, and again I should thank the photographer. Posting other people's pictures is not something one should do but it would just be too bad if nobody else saw this dramatic picture of such a famous event.
Tomas Østberg- Jacobsen on Feb 25, 2007 14:01 (11 years ago)
prepare for 10 000 hits, hehe! Supershot.

Tomas sandefjord Norway
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