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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.

-seabgb

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