Major tanker fire off Veracruz Sep 27 UPDATE
Sep 27 UPDATE: Fire on tanker BURGOS extinguished, vessel with heavy list portside, and fore tilt, is anchored off Veracruz. Several oily leaks detected in the area, so as expected, there is no major, or substantial, pollution.
Sep 26 UPDATE: According to official statement on Sep 25, fire was extinguished after more than 30 hours of firefighting, three boats and five tugboats belonging to Veracruz's Apiver port administration, and four vessels belonging to the Mexican navy, were deployed. There was no spill, except some small oily spots. Fire engulfed two fore cargo tanks, and was preventing from spreading further to other tanks. 30 crew are safe.
According to unofficial sources, though, fire is still on, and, as insiders said, it will take days to control and extinguish it – i.e. the main task of firefighters is protecting neighbouring tanks, fire will be put under control when most part of fuel in burning tanks will burn out.
Sep 25: Fire in cargo tanks erupted on board of tanker BURGOS at around noon Sep 24 off Veracruz, Mexico, Gulf of Mexico. Vessel loaded with some 12,000 tons of oil products was en route from Pajaritus, Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, to Veracruz. Crew were evacuated, no casualties reported. Tanker is drifting some 7 nm southeast of Veracruz, surrounded by tugs and salvage vessels, which are trying to put fire under control. Unofficial reports claim fire will be on until fuel in tanks will burn out. On photos burning BURGOS. Judging from photos, fore tanks are on fire, not all tanks, so the main task of firefighters seems to be restricting fire area and protecting other tanks. There’s no risk of major, or any, oil spill – let’s recall some major tanker disasters, when leaking oil was intentionally ignited. To create a major oil spill, tanker has to, literally, fall apart in several pieces.