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Explosion injures two on offshore supply ship

07 October 2019

An explosion on an offshore platform supply ship has injured two people in the Gulf of Mexico. The blast on October 6 started a fire on the Isla Ciari which was moored at the Akal C-8 platform, just offshore from Ciudad del Carmen in the south of Mexico.

The Akal C platforms - Image: Wikimedia
The Akal C platforms - Image: Wikimedia

The two injured crew members, one of which is in a critical condition, were airlifted to hospital. The fire was extinguished a few hours after the initial blast and the ship, which had begun to drift after the explosion, was towed to a nearby port.

The cause of the explosion remains unknown, however the Tribuna de Campeche, a Mexican news site, said that the blast originated from the engine room before a fire spread to other parts of the supply ship.

The supply ship belongs to the Mexican Maritime Transportation Company (Grupo TMM). 

The Tribuna added that TMM employees have said that the maritime transport firm has suffered a decline in income so far this year which has meant its ships and equipment have not received the required maintenance to guarantee safety.


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