Explosion on SOCAR exploration vessel: dead, wounded reported

  29 October 2019    Read: 994
  Explosion on SOCAR exploration vessel: dead, wounded reported

On Oct. 29, 2019, at about 13:30 local time (GMT+4), an explosion occurred on an expedition vessel of Azerbaijan's State Oil Company SOCAR carrying explosives used in seismic studies in the shallow part of the Caspian Sea near the Gurgan settlement, the company made a statement.

As a result, the SOCAR employee Habil Mammadov has died.

Other employees of the company, Azer Veliyev, Bahruz Pashayev and contracted boatman Boyukaga Khalilov, received injuries of varying severity and were taken to city hospital No. 5 in Baku.

Explosives are widely used in marine seismic surveys and are completely safe for transportation. It was needed to carry out seismic exploration to find out the location of new wells in the vicinity of Gurgan settlement.

A special commission has been created to determine the causes of the explosion.

An investigation is underway and the public will be informed of the results.

 

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