sexta-feira, 12 de junho de 2015

Failure to comply with safety procedures caused explosion on Norwegian oil vessel in Espírito Santo

Yesterday (11/6/15), exactly four months after the platform vessel Cidade de São Mateus exploded  40 km offshore of Aracruz, Espírito Santo, Petrobras released a press note informing that noncompliance with operational safety procedures was the main reason of the accident that caused 9 deaths. The vessel is owned and operated by Norwegian company BW Offshore on behalf of oil-giant Petrobras.

The technical report has been forwarded by Petrobras to Brazilian oil agency ANP, Federal and Civil Polices. Petrobras also stated that "the information that we had been previously warned about such failures is incorrect", thus indirectly ascribing the Norwegian company full responsibility over the accident.

FPSO Cidade de São Mateus: failure to comply with safety standards caused gas explosion.
Photo: Capitania dos Portos do ES/Divulgação