FPSO Blast: Last Three Bodies Recovered

Cidade de São Mateus
FPSO Cidade de São Mateus

By Wendy Laursen 2015-03-03 17:44:05

BW Offshore has confirmed that the bodies of the last three missing crew from the FPSO Cidade de São Mateus have been recovered. With this, the total number of fatalities from the February 11 explosion on the FPSO stands at nine. Two crew members remain in hospital, receiving medical attention, and their condition is reported to be stable. 

“The rescue efforts of the past several days have now ended and all our men are accounted for. There is finally closure for the families of those we have lost. There will be continued efforts to provide the necessary support to the crew and families whose lives have been changed forever by this tragedy,” said Carl Arnet, CEO of BW Offshore.

“We are grateful for the tireless support we have received from our client Petrobras and partners, as well as the local authorities. Our focus continues on getting to the root cause of the incident. We are also in discussions about reinstating the unit and finding continued employment for our crew,” he said.

The FPSO is operated for Petrobras by BW Offshore on the Camarupim and Camarupim Norte fields in Espirito Santo littoral approximately 120 km from the Brazilian coast. There were 74 workers on board at the time of the explosion.

Brazilian oil regulator ANP has launched an investigation into the incident which is believed to have been caused by a gas leak in one of the machinery spaces.