Posted on May 09, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
An explosion occurred onboard the Saipem-owned, Azerbaijani-flagged Pipelayer, ISRAFIL HUSEYNOV during the evening hours of May the 8th while the vessel was transiting off the coast of Azerbaijan.
The incident occurred at approximately 18:30, while the ship was carrying out pipe laying works south of Baku in the Caspian Sea.
14 seafarers were critically injured during the explosion and subsequent fire, having suffered extensive burns throughout their body.
Following the explosion, all injured individuals onboard were successfully evacuated and were hospitalized at the Central Neftchilar Hospital in Baku.
At the moment of writing, at least seven individuals have been placed in the intensive care unit and their condition has been described as life-threatening. Initial reports suggest that they have extensive burns to over 40% of their body.
According to Saipem, the explosion and subsequent fire originated from one of the pipe handling mechanisms.
They proceeded to mention in their statement that the fire is now successfully under control.
The Israfil Huseynov is owned by Topaz Energy and Marine from Caspian Sea Shipping CJSC and is currently being leased to Saipem.
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