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Tug Al Deebel hit by explosion of the SPM, Persian Gulf



At 1700 LT May 1 a violent gas explosion occurred on a Single-Point Mooring Buoy (SPM) in Ras Laffan oil and gas field off Qatar, Persian Gulf, hitting standing nearby tug Al Deebel. There were 12 people on board, 10 crew and 2 specialists to conduct maintenance works on SPM, 7 have been killed, among them 4 Indonesians, 1 Indian and 2 Brits. 4 were injured, and only 1 remained unhurt. Tug survived the explosion and the following fire, but was disabled and later, towed to port for inspection. What caused an explosion is still unknown, investigation under way. Tug Al Deebel IMO 9142784, GRT 438, built 1996, flag Qatar, manager NAKILAT SVITZERWIJSMULLER WLL, Qatar.



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