Watch: Fire Fighting Crews Battle PEMEX Tanker Blaze in Gulf of Mexico

Mike Schuler
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September 26, 2016

Some amazing video has surfaced showing yesterday’s fire fighting effort to extinguish a massive fire aboard a laden PEMEX oil tanker in the Gulf of Mexico.

The fire broke out Sunday at about 11 a.m. aboard the 40,000 dwt oil/chemical tanker Burgos off the coast of Boca del Rio, Mexico. The Mexican-flagged tanker was laden with 80,000 barrels of diesel and 70,000 barrels of gasoline at the time.

All 31 crew members were able to abandon ship without serious injury.

Some amazing photos posted online show the remarkable effort by crews to fight the fire.

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The PEMEX oil tanker Burgos burns in the Gulf of Mexico, September, 25, 2016.

Pemex said Sunday that the fire had been extinguished. The company said the fire broke out in two of the vessel’s forward tanks.

The video below was released by the Mexico’s environmental protection agency PROFEPA:

The tanker does not appear to be leaking any product, authorities have said.

The oil tanker is chartered by PEMEX. It is latest incident to hit state-owned company. You can read more about the incident HERE.


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