Final three bodies recovered from BW Offshore tragedy, bringing death toll to nine

Oslo: The final three bodies of victims of last month’s explosion on a FPSO off Brazil have been recovered, the vessel’s owner BW Offshore confirmed in a statement on Tuesday.

There were nine fatalities in the February 12 incident. Two more crew members are in stable condition in hospital where they are receiving treatment.

“The rescue efforts of the past several days have now ended and all our men are accounted for. 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 BW Offshore ceo Carl Arnet.

Norwegian company BW Offshore was operating the floating production storage and offloading unit for Brazil’s energy giant Petrobras.

The FPSO Cidade de São Mateus, (dwt 276,736, built 1989) was working on the Camarupim and Camarupim Norte fields in Espirito Santo littoral approximately 120 kilometres from the coast when the blast occurred.

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