Saipem’s pipe layer explosion, fire, 14 injured, Caspian sea

Pipe layer ISRAFIL HUSEYNOV suffered fire on board, which started at around 1730 Moscow time May 8 after reportedly, an explosion, south of Baku, Azerbaijan, Caspian sea. The ship was carrying out pipe laying works at the time of fire. 14 people were injured to a different degree (3 of them said to be in critical condition), all injured were evacuated. Explosion and fire originated from one of pipe handling mechanisms, said Caspian Shipping Company. According to SAIPEM officials, fire is already out, or taken under control.
As of 0300 UTC May 9, ship’s AIS was working, no interruptions recorded.

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