Fire-damaged Pemex tanker to be stabilised

Sep 30 2016

Mexican state-owned oil company Pemex has hired a Houston-based salvor to help right the 40,300 dwt products tanker ‘Burgos’ that at the time of writing was still reported as listing in the Gulf of Mexico near Veracruz.

According to newswire UPI, Pemex said in a statement that insurance companies were ready to act and investigators were on the scene following last weekend’s devastating fire on board the vessel. The company also said that the fire was out and work was underway to stabilise the listing vessel.

No injuries were reported among the 31 personnel on board the vessel at the time of the fire, which was carrying about 150,000 barrels of refined products.

A small amount of fuel escaped, which was being contained by Mexican Navy vessels, according to UPI.

This incident is the latest in a string of accidents to befall Pemex.

Earlier this year, three rig workers died as a result of an accident at the Abkatun-A offshore drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico after a fire broke out.

Six total fatalities were also reported as a result of rig malfunctions in the Gulf of Mexico in 2014. 

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