Posted on March 18, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Pipe-laying vessel, Ocean Constructor caught on fire in the morning of March the 13th, while working on a project in the Gulf of Mexico.
The incident occurred at approximately 9:55 am in the morning. The vessel was in the process of laying two pipelines at the Ku-Maloob-Zaap oil field at Campeche Sound when a fire was reported in the engine room.
At the time there were 181 people on board the vessel, the majority of which were construction personnel involved with the project.
Local maritime authorities immediately launched a rescue operation, involving a black hawk helicopter.
All non-essential personnel, approximately 130 people, were evacuated to neighbouring platforms within the Ku-Maloob-Zaap project within the next few hours.
Two individuals suffered minor injuries but did not require hospitalization.
Several vessels arrived at the scene in order to assist with the firefighting operation, including 3 offshore vessels and three patrol boats.
Thankfully, the remaining crew aboard the vessel managed to put out the fire over the next four hours.
We currently don’t know what led to the fire, but an investigation has been opened into the incident.
The extent of the damage caused by the fire is also not known at this time.
The vessel is currently under tow, heading towards a nearby port in order to undergo damage assessment.
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