Three UK workers injured in vessel blast, Saipem confirm

Saipem's Israfil Huseynov.
Saipem's Israfil Huseynov.

Three UK workers were injured in a recent pipe lay vessel blast, according to oil and gas contractor Saipem.

The fire, which broke out onboard the vessel on 8 May, resulted in the death of one worker following transportation to a hospital in France.

The Israfil Huseynov vessel, which was being used by Italian firm Saipem, caught fire during “maintenance operations”, the company said.

Saipem announced at the time that 14 crew had been injured in the Caspian Sea after a fire broke out at the Shah Deniz II project, which has now been downgraded to 11.

Seven staff were taken to intensive care due to the severity of the burns suffered.

Saipem confirmed today that three UK workers were injured in the blaze, but added that their injuries are not life threatening.

The company added that the three are undergoing “intense medical treatment” in the UK.

All three are from England.

The other injured workers are understood to be of Italian, Azeri, Romanian, Malaysian and Croatian nationality.

Saipem described the condition of all workers as “stable”.

A spokeswoman for the firm said: “Following the press release of 9 May 2019 regarding the incident on board the vessel “Israfil Huseynov” Saipem has organized medical evacuation for 11 injured personnel.

“All injured personnel on 11 May 2019 have been transferred to the specialized hospitals of Turkey, Italy, France and UK.

“Three other less injured persons who were able to travel independently have also safely reached their home countries with the passenger’s planes the same day.

“Saipem deeply regrets to advise that one person who has been in most critical conditions has passed away in the hospital of France.

“Additionally Saipem informs that all other injured persons are not in the life threatening condition.”

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