Boskalis has confirmed that one contract worker is dead and five were seriously injured after consuming a ‘toxic’ cleaning liquid on board a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel destined for Brazil.
The incident occurred earlier this week on board an FPSO which is currently in transit between China and Brazil, towed by the Vanguard semi-submersible heavy lift ship.
It is understood that six contract workers illegally consumed cleaning liquid thought to contain ethanol and toxic methanol. The liquid is a substance customarily used for degreasing purposes.
The Vanguard was forced to alter its course toward South Africa and a helicopter evacuation was put into action. However, one worker died before medical assistance had made it on to the vessel.
Boskalis confirmed the remaining five affected persons were successfully evacuated, hospitalized in Durban, South Africa and are now successfully recovering from the intoxication.
The FPSO and Vanguard have now resumed their journey to Brazil.