Memories from the Disaster in 2004 of the Ship <i>Vicuña</i>



On 15 November 2004, the ship <i>Vicuña</i> exploded in the Dom Pedro II Port, located in the city of Paranaguá, in Brazil. The disaster caused a spill of 285 tons of fuel oil that contaminated mangroves and sandbanks, culminating in a fishing ban. The Amparo community, located in front of the Port, was one of the places most affected by the leakage contamination. This study aims to highlight the stories of fishermen of the Amparo community, as well as to shed light on how they remember the disaster.

Author Biography

Priscila Onório Figueira, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

Priscila Onório Figueira has an undergraduate degree in history from the University of the State of Paraná (2011) and a graduate master’s degree in history from the Federal University of Paraná (2014). Her thesis focused on the Vicuña ship disaster. In her doctorate, she aims to research the transformation and the environmental devastation caused by the construction of the Dom Pedro II Port, on the shores of the Bay of Paranaguá during the years from 1830 to 1930.