BW Confirms Five Deaths, Four Missing in FPSO Explosion Offshore Brazil

Norway's BW Offshore confirmed Thursday that of the 74 persons onboard the Cidade de Sao Mateus FPSO, there have been five fatalities, with four crew still missing. The remaining crew are all accounted for and receiving medical care where needed, with two in critical condition and for safety reasons, have all been taken off the unit. The next of kin have been informed and all personnel are being attended to by a special support team established by BW Offshore Brazil.

Search and rescue operations continued into the night following the explosion onboard the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit Cidade de Sao Mateus on Wednesday Feb. 11. Production has been stopped and the unit has been shut down. The unit is operated for Petrobras by BW Offshore. The FPSO is operating on the Camarupim and Camarupim Norte fields in Espirito Santo littoral approximately 75 miles (120 kilometers) from the coast off Brazil.

BW Offshore CEO Carl K. Arnet says: “This is a tragic day, and our primary focus now is on the crew and their families. We cannot rest until the last four of our men are found. We express our gratitude to Petrobras and the Brazillian authorities for the tireless efforts in this time and wish to thank our peers and partners for their support.”


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Akaninyene Ekong | Feb. 12, 2015
This tragic incident is a wakeup call for the need of Hazop/conducting safety cases on such facilities. The response and efforts in search /rescue is okay, i do hope the missing 4 people are found alive. This is sad.

Jose Andrade | Feb. 12, 2015
One more tragic day for all of them who daily have to work in fields with a high hazardous potential level. Even with a high commitment with close safety measures and a proactive safety culture this tragic events can occur.

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