Fire on Saipem pipe-layer in Caspian Sea injures 14

A pipe-laying vessel working in Azerbaijan for Italian oilfield service provider Saipem reportedly caught fire on Wednesday, May 8.

Illustration; Caspian Sea oil field offshore Azerbaijan / Image by Bruno Girin/Flickr – shared under CC BY-SA 2.0 license

According to local Azerbaijani news outlets, the accident which occurred on a pipe-laying vessel in the Caspian Sea resulted in injuries for 14 people. The reports claim that the fire on the vessel was extinguished.

Saipem reportedly told the Azerbaijani news agency Trend on Thursday that the pipe-laying vessel Israfil Huseynov, which was carrying out work for Saipem, caught fire on May 8, at about 18:30.

The company was also cited as saying that that fourteen people got burn injuries of various degrees. The injured workers were transported to the Baku coast by the Citadel platform supply vessel.

As for the vessel in question, it is a pipe-laying barge owned by Caspian Marine Services. The vessel was built in 1988 in Mantyluoto, Finland.

Offshore Energy Today has reached out to Saipem seeking more info on the reports. A Saipem spokesperson said the company didn’t have any additional information to add to what has already been circulated.

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