Pemex tanker hit by fire off Mexico

2005-built 40,263dwt tanker Burgos, operated by Mexican state oil company, Pemex, caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday.

The fire was caused by an explosion onboard while the ship was sailing to the port of Coatzacoalcos carrying 80,000 barrels of diesel fuel, 71,000 barrels of unleaded gasoline, and 16,000 barrels of desulfurized gasoline.

According to a statement by Pemex, all 31 crew members managed to escape and get back to shore safely, adding that there is no risk for the general population or facilities close to the incident.

Veracruz’s port authority sent four tugboat to fight the fire and the local navy also joined operations.

Pemex has been hit with a spate of accidents this year. The worst was in April, when more than 30 people died and dozens were injured in an explosion at a petrochemical plant operated by Pemex as part of a joint venture.


Jason Jiang

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