Pipelayer explosion injures 14

A massive explosion and ensuing fire on the 29-year-old pipelayer Israfil Huseynov yesterday evening saw 14 seafarers suffer burn injuries, three critically. The accident happened in the Caspian Sea.

The fire on the ship, owned by Azerbaijan’s Caspian Shipping Company, and operated by Saipem, was put out after five hours with the injured crew taken to a nearby hospital.

Investigations into the accident are expected to get underway today.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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