Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Tugboat explosion kills seven off Qatar

Seven people were killed in a violent gas explosion and fire on a Danish-owned tug operating in Qatar’s Ras Laffan offshore field on April 29.

The crew of the Svitzer tug Al Deebel (438gross tonnes) were carrying out maintenance on a single-point mooring buoy for transferring liquid natural gas into tankers 30 miles from the coast when the explosion occurred in the engine room, a Svitzer spokesman said.

Six of those killed were crew members, and the seventh an employee of a local oil company. A further four crew were injured, with only one of those on board escaping injury, according to website maritimedanmark.dk.

Four of the dead were Indonesian, one an Indian and the remaining two British, including the vessel’s captain, Pete Jordan. Read More