Fourteen Injured In Explosion On Pipelayer In Caspian Sea

Offshore contractor Saipem has confirmed that 14 of its employees were injured in an explosion on board a pipelayer in the Caspian Sea.

Saipem said the explosion occurred on the Saipem-operated vessel, Israfil Huseynov, which is conduction pipelaying in the Caspian Sea for the Shah Deniz II project. The comany said the incident was related to maintenance operations on an item of equipment during pipe-laying activities.

Seven of the fourteen injured are in intensive care due to the burns suffered, according to Saipem. The company confirmed the nationalities of the victims as Italian, English, Azerbaijani, Rumanian, Malaysian and Croatian.

“In expressing its sympathy to the employees and their families, Saipem will continue to ensure the immediate repatriation of those who have suffered the least serious injuries and the transfer of the other injured people to specialized medical centres,” Saipem said in a statement. 

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