Contract firm, HPCL maintain silence over OSV blaze

Contract firm, HPCL maintain silence over OSV blaze

Even a day after two more people died as a result of the burn injuries suffered in a fire accident at an Offshore Support Vessel (OSV), neither Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) nor the OSV contracting company has lodged any complaint about the accident. The Malkapuram police registered a case on their own under Section 174 of CRPC.

On August 12, a fire broke out on an OSV while the crew on-board was performing maintenance work of HPCL’s single point moore (SPM) facility around 15km away from the Vizag Port. So far, three people have died and one person has been missing in the mishap in which more than ten crew members suffered grievous injuries.

More than a week has gone by since the accident, but no official statement has come either from HPCL or the contracting company. The absence of a response has caused many to suspect that some norms could have been violated by the companies in sending the crew to the OSV. Read More

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