Persian Gulf

Zainab was a chemical and oil tanker that went down in the Persian Gulf in 2001. Under a journey from Iraq to Asia loaded with illegal Iraqi oil, she sank 14.April 2001 after a fire in the engine room. The circumstances of the smuggling and the sinking itself is a bit of a mystery, but its believed she carried around 1300 to  3000 tons of oil in hidden concealed compartments. This immediately caused concerns the cargo might cause an environmental accident. After her sinking she started leaking, but divers managed to stop the leak. However, a large amount of oil had already leaked and hit the beach at Jumeirah 17.April. Cleanup operations continued for a couple of weeks. The wreck rest today on her port side outside Jebel Ali, some 19 nautical miles north of Dubai on a depth of 15 to 30 meter.

Former names:
Queen of Sheba, Banadir

Tons: Built: Home Port:
3274 grt
Rotterdam ( NL ) 1966
( HN )

GPS 25 14,558 N 54 51,324 E
( Source: Badfish Divers )

Last updated: January 2021