Thursday, March 13, 2008
Gas Explosion on OSV Injures Six, Leaves One Missing. . .
An explosion involving an OSV towing a storage tank (dracone?) in the Gulf of Mexico injured six, three seriously, and left one man missing. A search is underway for the missing crewman.
A Reuters report claimed the explosion occurred in the towed vessel while workers were attempting to empty gas from a section of pipeline that had been shut down. The report states the towed tank (what I'm assuming is a dracone) ruptured, causing the explosion.
The OSV involved is the 175' Jullian Morrison, a 4-point dive support vessel built by Eastern Shipbuilding and owned by Chet Morrison Contractors. She is inspected and certified for 34 persons.