• Short Summary

    SIXTEEN PEOPLE ARE NOW FEARED TO HAVE DIED IN THE EXPLOSION WHICH RIPPED THROUGH THE 20,000 TON NORWEGIAN TANKER, RONA STAR, IN A ROTTERDAM DOCKYARD DURING THE NIGHT.

  • Description

    SIXTEEN PEOPLE ARE NOW FEARED TO HAVE DIED IN THE EXPLOSION WHICH RIPPED THROUGH THE 20,000 TON NORWEGIAN TANKER, RONA STAR, IN A ROTTERDAM DOCKYARD DURING THE NIGHT. TEN BODIES HAVE SO FAR BEEN RECOVERED FROM THE CHARRED WRECKAGE OF THE VESSEL, BUT THERE IS LITTLE HOPE OF FINDING THE OTHER SIX MISSING PERSONS ALIVE.

    ALL THE DEAD WERE BELIEVED TO BE AMONG 40 DUTCH CLEANERS WORKING TO SCOUR THE VESSEL'S TANKS. THE SHIP HAD BEEN BERTHED IN THE CORNELIS VEROLME SHIPYARD FOR CLEANING AFTER A SHORT TRIP FROM DUNKIRK AND WAS TO HAVE PUT TO SEA AGAIN TOMORROW. ALL HER CREW OF 36 AND SEVEN PASSENGERS, INCLUDING THE CAPTAIN'S WIFE, ESCAPED FROM THE BLAZING VESSEL.

    THE BLAST OCCURRED ABOUT HALF-PAST ELEVEN LAST NIGHT (TUESDAY) AND WITHIN MINUTES THE SHIP - TORN IN TWO - WAS BLAZING FROM STEM TO STERN. THE SHOCK OF THE BLAST DAMAGED BUILDINGS MILES AWAY WHILE THE NOISE OF THE EXPLOSION WAS HEARD 17 MILES (27 KILOMETRES) AWAY IN THE HAGUE.

    ALL AVAILABLE FIREMEN AND DOCKYARD PERSONNEL WERE PRESSED INTO SERVICE TO FIGHT THE BLAZE AND WERE LATER JOINED BY MEN FROM THE DUTCH CRUISER, DE RUYTER, AT ANCHOR IN ROTTERDAM HARBOUR. THE BATTLE TO CONTROL THE FLAMES LASTED THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT, BUT EVEN AFTER THEY HAD BEEN BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL THE HULL WAS TOO HOT TO PERMIT A SEARCH FOR THE MISSING MEN.

    DAMAGE TO SHORE INSTALLATIONS WAS SLIGHT AS THE RONA STAR WAS BERTHED AWAY FROM THE MAIN TECHNICAL AREA.

    AN OFFICIAL INQUIRY HAS ALREADY BEGUN INTO THE CAUSE OF THE EXPLOSION. BUT THE MAIN PROBLEM FOR PORT AUTHORITIES WILL BE HOW TO CLEAR THE AREA OF THE HULK. THE RONA STAR PARTIALLY SANK AFTER THE BLAST WITH ONLY HER STERN AND BOWS SHOWING ABOVE THE WATER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA9MVIYHE28D7G7117L6D6ATG8
    Media URN:
    VLVAA9MVIYHE28D7G7117L6D6ATG8
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/06/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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