Russia: Emergency declared as Tularemia epidemic cases rise to 900 in Khanty-Mansiysky Autonomous Region – 190913 1735z

According to the Department of healthcare of Khanty-Mansiysky Autonomous Region, 900 inhabitants have contracted tularemia.

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Among them, 858 people are residents of Khanty-Mansiysk; 33 live in Khanty-Mansiysk district; the remaining cases were recorded in Nizhnevartovsk.

It is established that several of the patients in Nizhnevartovsk are employees of the oil industry and contracted tularemia in the field.

In Khanty-Mansiysk and Khanty-Mansiysk district, work on measures against rodents and mosquitoes, which are the sources and carriers of disease, is continuing.

According to the Department of Rospotrebnadzor [The Federal Service for Protection of Consumers’ Rights and Well-Being] in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, the 1st cases were reported on 19 Aug 2013.

Due to the significant deterioration of the epidemiological situation regarding the incidence of tularemia in Khanty-Mansiysk, an emergency situation has been declared.
Thursday, 19 September, 2013 at 15:42 (03:42 PM) UTC RSOE


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“Tularemia (also known as Pahvant Valley plague,[1]rabbit fever,[1]deer fly fever, and Ohara’s fever[2]) is a serious infectious disease caused by the bacteriumFrancisella tularensis.[3] A gram-negative, nonmotilecoccobacillus, the bacterium has several subspecies with varying degrees of virulence. The most important of those is F. tularensis tularensis (Type A), which is found in lagomorphs (rabbits and similar animals) in North America, and it is highly virulent in humans and domestic rabbits. F. tularensis palaearctica (Type B) occurs mainly in aquatic rodents (beavers, muskrats) in North America and in hares and small rodents in northern Eurasia. It is less virulent for humans and rabbits.[4] The primary vectors are ticks and deer flies, but the disease can also be spread through other arthropods.[3] The disease is named after Tulare County, California.” – wikipediaMore about Tularemia at wikipedia

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Scotland: Helicopter ditches in North Sea off Shetland – 4 oil workers dead (named), 14 others rescued – 240813 1635z

Three people were missing after a helicopter carrying 18 people crashed into the sea off the coast of Scotland on Friday.

The Coastguard said 15 people had been rescued and were taken to hospital, but three are unaccounted for.

The incident happened near the Shetland Islands, northeast of Edinburgh, and involved a Super Puma helicopter taking 16 passengers and two crew members to and from oil and gas platforms.

The Department of Transport issued an statement on behalf on the Air Accidents Investigation Branch stating it was “aware of incident” and has deployed a team. An air and sea search is continuing, with three helicopters and two lifeboats involved.

“Our two lifeboats are searching for those three unaccounted for,” said Tim Ash, a spokesman for Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Wreckage from the crash has been spotted, said Ash, who added that rescue teams were dealing with strong tides and poor visibility. “Winds are not particularly strong but visibility is not good. Those are the circumstances that our volunteers are facing,” he said.

A spokeswoman for the Coastguard said two life rafts from the helicopter were located and found empty.

Saturday, 24 August, 2013 at 04:21 (04:21 AM) UTC RSOE

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Helicopter Crash: Four Dead In North Sea

SKY NEWS 2:46pm UK, Saturday 24 August 2013

The helicopter suffered a “catastrophic loss of power” and ended up upside down in the North Sea, triggering a massive rescue.

“Police have named the four oil workers who died after a helicopter ditched into the sea on its way to Shetland.

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The victims are: Duncan Munro, 46, from Bishop Auckland; Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin; Gary McCrossan , 59, from Inverness; and George Allison, 57, from Winchester.

The Super Puma L2 went down at approximately 6.27pm on Friday, around two miles west of Sumburgh airport as it was returning to Shetland from the Borgsten Dolphin platform.

The helicopter was carrying 16 workers and two crew.

“The bodies of three people have been recovered and work is underway to recover the body of the fourth person,” Police Scotland said in a statement.

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At least three of the dead had trouble escaping the upturned helicopter

The body of the fourth victim is understood to be in the wreckage of the aircraft.

All the families have been informed.

A search operation involving coastguard, police, RAF and local lifeboats was able to rescue 14 people from the sea, including the two crew. They were taken to Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick.

“Five were discharged and nine detained overnight either for observation or suffering from exposure,” the police statement said.

The helicopter is reported to be in several pieces but the wreckage has now been secured by the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution).

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One of the rescued workers is moved on a stretcher

Helicopter operator CHC, which operates in 30 countries, said on its website that it was temporarily suspending all Super Puma L2 flights worldwide as a precaution.

It has also suspended flights in Aberdeen “as a mark of respect”.

Amanda Smith, the mother of one of the workers, Sam Smith, said that her son had telephoned her from hospital after suffering cuts in the crash.

She told Sky News: “He said it seemed to lose power and there was no time to brace, they just dropped into the sea.

“He was by the window so he was able to escape that way as it rolled over.

“He said he had come off better than a lot of people. It didn’t seem real, I would say two hours later it’s just beginning to sink in.”

CHC said it was flying for French oil company Total and that the aircraft had lost communication as it approached the airport on the southern tip of Shetland’s main island.

Victims of the crash walking from the coastguard rescue helicopter
Some of those rescued were able to walk unaided after the rescue

The four people who died were working for Total through contractor organisations.

A CHC spokesman said: “The aircraft was on approach to Sumburgh Airport at approximately 6.20pm when contact was lost with air traffic control.”

Mark Abbey, regional director for CHC, expressed his “heartfelt sympathies to all those involved” but said the company would not be speculating about the cause of the crash.

Investigators from the Department for Transport’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch are looking into the incident.

The helicopter was upside down in the water when rescuers arrived, said Sky’s James Matthews in Aberdeen.

“At least three of the four who died had trouble getting out of the wreckage. One body remains in there this morning,” said Matthews.

The survivors were aided by waterproof immersion suits that helped keep them afloat and warm in the North Sea.

The tide – which was heading towards the land – also helped survivors.

Jim Nicholson, RNLI rescue co-ordinator, said: “There appears to have been a catastrophic loss of power which meant the helicopter suddenly dropped into the sea without any opportunity to make a controlled landing.”

Last year, two Super Puma helicopters ditched in the North Sea only six months apart.

All passengers and crew were rescued in both incidents, which were found to be caused by gearbox problems.

Helicopter crash off Shetland islands
Several helicopters have been involved in the search operation

However, the latest incident marks the fourth in four years involving Super Puma aircraft.

In April 2009, 16 people died when a helicopter returning from BP’s Miller platform crashed 11 miles from Peterhead after a “catastrophic failure” in part of its main gearbox.

The Unite union’s Scottish Secretary, Pat Rafferty, said the safety record was “unacceptable” and called on the oil and gas industry to use “every means at their disposal to demonstrate that its fleet is fit for purpose”.

Bob Crow, head of the RMT union, said he expected an “outpouring of  anger” after the latest incident.

“The entire Super Puma fleet must remain grounded until the causes of this latest event are established,” said Mr Crow.

 CHC has set up a helpline for concerned relatives on 01224 296 866.



Shetland Helicopter Crash: Four Fatalities

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Shetland Helicopter Crash Four Dead Named

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Published on Aug 24, 2013

They were Duncan Munro, 46, from Bishop Auckland, Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin, Gary McCrossan, 59, from Inverness, and George Allison, 57, from Winchester.

Three of the four bodies have been recovered. Police Scotland confirmed 14 others were rescued.

The Super Puma L2 helicopter crashed west of Sumburgh Airport at about 18:20 BST on Friday.

An investigation into the cause of the tragedy is under way.

RNLI rescue co-ordinator Jim Nicholson said the helicopter – carrying workers from an oil rig – apparently suffered a “catastrophic loss of power”.

He said it appeared the aircraft had “suddenly dropped into the sea without any opportunity to make a controlled landing”.
Amanda Smith, whose son Sam was on the helicopter, told Sky News it suddenly lost power and those on board had “no time to brace”.

“He was by the window so he was able to escape that way as it rolled over,” she said.

“He said he had come off better than a lot of people, [those] were his words.”

Tim Ripley, an aviation expert with Jane’s Defence Weekly, told the BBC there were “many possible scenarios” behind the helicopter crash.

He said: “The most common one at low level for aircraft and helicopters is bird strikes.

“If one of these helicopters ingested a bird it would cause a very, very nasty accident.

“But it doesn’t seem like that because we have no reports of collisions, which points towards a failure of the engine and the mechanical systems on the helicopter.”

A total of 18 people were on board the helicopter.The 14 survivors, including the two crew members, were taken to Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick for treatment.

Police Scotland said five were discharged a short time later and nine were detained overnight either for observation or suffering from exposure.

The ditched helicopter was found broken into several pieces up against rocks.

Boats, including a ferry and a cargo ship, joined lifeboat crews from Lerwick and Aith and helicopters from the coastguard, RAF Lossiemouth and two Bond rescue helicopters to search for survivors.

The AS332 L2 helicopter, carrying passengers crew from the Borgsten Dolphin oil rig in the North Sea, was operated by CHC for Total, taking people to and from oil and gas installations.

Oil firm Total confirmed that the three men and one woman who died all worked for contract organisations.

‘Lost power’
Earlier, Mr Nicholson told the BBC the helicopter had been in a “fairly inaccessible position… near the cliffs”, with weather in the area not “particularly good”.
A CHC spokesman confirmed that an L2 aircraft landed in the water, approximately two miles west of Sumburgh on Friday.

“The aircraft was on approach to Sumburgh Airport at approximately 6.20pm when contact was lost with air traffic control,” he said.

In a later statement, the company said the cause of the incident was unknown but Super Puma L2 flights would be suspended worldwide.

“Also, in deference to the incident and the investigation, we are suspending all flights [on] Saturday by our UK operations,” the company added.

Bond Offshore Helicopters also said it would not be operating any of its Super Puma aircraft fleet, with the exception of its Jigsaw rescue aircraft which would be available for life at risk missions.

Michael Bull, whose son Samuel was rescued, said: “We understand he was on his way back from a rig and the helicopter lost power suddenly and immediately ditched into the water.

“He managed to escape straight away because he was right by an exit and I understand soon afterwards that the helicopter turned over.”

Aith RNLI Lifeboat crew retrieve helicopter wreckage in Shetland

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Published on Aug 24, 2013

Aith Lifeboat crew tow Super Puma helicopter which crashed into the sea off Sumburgh, Shetland, on the night of 23/24 August 2013. Four lives were lost from the helicopter.


Venezuela: Oil refinery fire blamed on lightning strike (Videos) – 120813 1435z

A huge pillar of black smoke enveloped the Venezuelan town of Puerto La Cruz on Sunday after a bolt of lightning set fire to one of the country’s largest oil refineries, prompting residents to evacuate the immediate area.

Firefighters battling the blaze in heavy rain managed to extinguish the fire, according to vice-president of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, Asdrubal Chavez.

He congratulated fire crews for their “sustained effort which allowed us to control this important fire in record time.”
Monday, 12 August, 2013 at 09:57 (09:57 AM) UTC RSOE

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‘Lightning’ to blame for Venezuela oil refinery fire

Homes were evacuated on Sunday after a fire broke out at one of Venezuela’s largest oil refineries.

According to authorities, the blaze at the Puerto La Cruz refinery in the eastern part of the country was sparked by lightning during a thunderstorm – but was extinguished after four hours.

Alvaro Ricciardelli reports.


BBC News – ‘Lightning’ to blame for Venezuela oil refinery fire

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Venezuela: oil refinery fire blamed on lightning strike

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Published on Aug 12, 2013

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Lightning sparks massive fire at refinery in Venezuela

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Published on Aug 11, 2013

A huge pillar of black smoke enveloped the Venezuelan town of Puerto La Cruz on Sunday after a bolt of lightning set fire to one of the country’s largest oil refineries, prompting residents to evacuate the immediate area. READ MORE:

Drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico collapses after fire


The operator of the natural gas rig burning out of control in the Gulf of Mexico has begun preparations to move a jack-up rig to the location to potentially drill a relief well…The well suffered a blowout Tuesday morning and the rig caught fire later Tuesday night when the leaking natural gas ignited…

No one was on board at the time of the ignition and no one was injured, according to BSEE. The burning rig is southwest of Grand Isle, about 55 miles offshore, authorities said.

As the rig fire continues, the beams supporting the derrick and rig floor have folded and have collapsed over the rig structure, BSEE stated on Wednesday morning.

The Coast Guard said the rig caught fire at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday and BSEE stated that the source of the ignition remained unknown on Wednesday morning…The description of the incident…lists that 47 people had been evacuated from…

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Nigeria: Tugboat towing an oil tanker sinks 30 km off the coast, 13 feared dead – 280513 1410z

Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), operator of the NNPC/CNL Joint Venture, has confirmed that ‘Jascon 4’ vessel belonging to its contractor, West African Ventures Limited, has capsized and sank in the early hours of Sunday in Delta State.

The vessel sank while supporting a tanker loading at Single Mooring (SBM) No.3 a loading point 30 km offshore in the Escravos area. Chevron’s General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs explained in a statement that Initial reports indicated that heavy ocean swells caused the Jascon No.4 to capsize while performing tension tow operations of the tanker at SBM No.3. He confirmed that emergency response has commenced, including Search and Rescue operation with surface vessels, helicopters and divers. According to him “Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), operator of the NNPC/CNL Joint Venture, confirms that Jascon No.4 vessel belonging to our contractor, West African Ventures Limited, capsized and sank early this morning while supporting a tanker loading at Single Buoy Mooring (SBM) No.3, a loading point 30 km offshore in the Escravos area of Delta state, Nigeria. Initial reports indicated that heavy ocean swells caused the Jascon No.4 to capsize while performing tension tow operations of the tanker at SBM No.3. Emergency Response has commenced, including Search and Rescue operation with surface vessels, helicopters and divers. CNL wishes to stress that we conduct our business operations in line with the safest global industry standards. The safety of our employees and contractors alike, remains our highest priority,”
Tuesday, 28 May, 2013 at 03:12 (03:12 AM) UTC RSOE

“The Nation gathered that the incident occurred at 4.30am yesterday and that none of the 12 persons on board the vessel has been found at the time of filing this report.

The President of West African Ventures, Mr. Jacques Roomans, told our correspondent on phone that he just returned from abroad and did not have details about the incident.

Information on WAV’s website showed that JASCON #4 was delivered in January 2004 and has the capacity to accommodate 16 persons.

Sea Trucks Nigeria Limited is into chartering small inland oilfield support vessels to affiliates of major international oil and gas companies operating in the oil and gas fields in Niger Delta. It also has marine support facilities in Warri, Delta State, where it maintains and repairs its vessels and also begins a local inland vessel building business.” –

SeaTruck boat mishap: 13 feared dead, tug boat still missing

SweetCrude Reports 27 May 2013, WARRI

Jascon tugboat 13 crew members on the tugboat, Jascon 4 belonging to West Africa Ventures, a division of the Sea Truck Group, which sunk offshore Nigeria, yesterday, around the Escravos high sea in Warri South-West council area of Delta State are still missing and are currently feared dead.

The tugboat named Jascon 4 was towing an oil tanker to Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, export terminal, Berth Operation Platform, B.O.P, in the high sea when the towing rope went apart forcing the tug boat to nose-dive into the deep water and has still not been found as at press time.

The incident was said to have occurred around 4:am Saturday with rescue teams still searching frantically for survivors and the tug boat without any success.

No official of the Seatruck Group or Chevron could be reached for comments at the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile, some family members of the victims of the unfortunate incident have expressed worry over the misfortune that have befallen their bread winners hoping that they could be furnished with information on the outcome of ongoing rescue efforts.” –

Off the coast of Nigeria tugboat sank to a citizen of Ukraine on board

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Off the coast of Nigeria tugboat sank to a citizen of Ukraine on board

As we learned yesterday, 30 kilometers from the coast of Nigeria in the oil field Chevron tug sank Jascon-4, IMO 9316256, flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Tug supported the loading tanker mooring at number three barrels. The tug was owned by the company «West African Ventures Limited». The representatives of the shipowner confirmed flooding their tug. According to preliminary information, the cause of the flooding were bad weather conditions.

On board were 16 crew members. At the moment, they are all missing. According to information available to us in tow as a senior mechanic working citizen of Ukraine.

Currently on the site of the tragedy are continuing search operations. Nigeria has mobilized emergency services navy and air force to search for the ship’s crew Jascon-4.

Representatives of the owner, the company «West African Ventures Limited», confirmed the ship wreck Jascon-4, but more abstain from any official statements until the end of exploration and investigation of the accident.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine informed about the incident, but has so far refrained from making any official statements.” –


The cause of this sinking appears to differ in the various accounts, rough seas, flooding & tow line snap are all given. They may not be mutually exclusive. 

Argentina: Buenos Aires/La Plata floods leave at least 51 dead, 20+ missing. 2,500 evacuated and many angry (Videos) – 050413 2335z

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At least 35 people were killed by flooding overnight in Argentina’s Buenos Aires province, the governor said Wednesday, bringing the overall death toll from days of torrential rains to at least 41 and leaving large stretches of the provincial capital under water.
Gov. Daniel Scioli said many people drowned after trying to take shelter in their cars in Tolosa, an area of the provincial capital of La Plata.
Heavy rains had killed at least six people in the nation’s capital of Buenos Aires the day before. Cars were flooded to their rooftops and rainwater flowed over the windowsills into many houses in La Plata.
People waded out of their neighborhoods through chest-high water, and police and neighbors teamed up using rubber motorboats to evacuate families and pets to higher ground. “Such intense rain in so little time has left many people trapped in their cars, in the streets, in some cases electrocuted.
We are giving priority to rescuing people who have been stuck in trees or on the roofs of their homes,” Scioli said. La Plata “has never seen anything equal” to this disaster.
The rains also flooded the country’s largest refinery, causing a fire that took hours to put out.
The La Plata refinery has suspended operations as a result, and Argentina’s YPF oil company said it has an emergency team evaluating how to get it restarted again.
The rains – almost 16 inches (400 millimeters) in about two hours – hit provincial La Plata after causing widespread flooding and power outages and killing six people in the city of Buenos Aires the day before.
“We lost family heirlooms, appliances, clothing,” said Natalia Lescano, who escaped with her family to a friend’s house on higher ground. She said they had to get out by themselves, and complained that authorities weren’t doing enough to rescue people.
About four more inches (100 millimeters more) of rain were expected before the bad weather passes on Thursday, the national weather service said.
At least 2,500 people were evacuated from their homes in the La Plata area, which is about 37 miles (60 kilometers) southeast of Argentina’s capital.
National Planning Minister Julio de Vido said about 280,000 people remained without power in the city and surrounding province of Buenos Aires, where most Argentines live.
“Our job is focused on restoring service, but we’re going to wait until the equipment dries to guarantee the safety of the electricity workers, because we don’t want any deaths,” De Vido said.
The flooding threatened to ruin food supplies across La Plata’s metropolitan area, which has nearly 1 million people.
“There’s no power in nearly the entire city,” Casals said, adding that the flooding “wiped out the downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods such as Tolosa, Elvira, Los Hornos, with as much as 2 meters (more than 6 feet) of water, and people are on their roofs.”
Many of the evacuees slept in their cars overnight. Transportation and business of all kinds in the city were at a standstill.
YPF said no injuries were caused by the refinery fire, which it blamed on “an extraordinary accumulation of rainwater and power outages in the entire refinery complex.”
The impact on Argentina’s chronically short fuel supplies wasn’t immediately clear.
The six killed in Buenos Aires included a subway worker who was electrocuted and an elderly woman who drowned inside her home.

Many still had standing water in homes, basements, parking lots and storage rooms on Wednesday.
The governments of President Cristina Fernandez and Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri sought to blame each other for the chaos, and the nation’s divided media focused their coverage in ways that put one side or the other in the worst light.
Macri said Wednesday that the only solution is for the constantly warring governments to work together on expensive and long-term public works projects, creating huge underground drainage pipes to carry increasingly common torrential rains out to the Rio de la Plata.
Wednesday, 03 April, 2013 at 18:45 UTC RSOE

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Argentina floods ‘catastrophe’ for La Plata, Buenos Aires

BBC NEWS 5 April 2013 Last updated at 02:00

In La Plata alone, 50 people are known to have died

Emergency workers in Argentina continue to try to rescue residents stranded by flooding in Buenos Aires and La Plata.

More than 50 people are known to have died after one of the heaviest storms recorded caused flash floods.

Thousands were evacuated from their homes and dozens are still stranded on rooftops, treetops and the roofs of city buses, local media report.

The government has declared three days of national mourning after what it called “an unprecedented catastrophe”.

‘Death trap’

“We’ve never seen anything like it,” provincial governor Daniel Scioli said.

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“People were taken by surprise, and some didn’t have time to escape this deadly trap,” Mr Scioli said, referring to the speed with which the waters rose.

Provincial officials said 40cm (16in) of rain fell on the city of La Plata in the space of two hours late on Tuesday night.

Earlier, the storm had dumped 15cm of rainfall on the capital, Buenos Aires.

Local officials said at least 48 people were killed in La Plata, six in Buenos Aires and two in its suburbs. The Red Cross said most of the victims had been elderly people who drowned in their homes.

So far, only half of the bodies have been identified and rescue workers fear the number of dead may rise as more bodies are found as the flood waters recede.

Fear of looting

Firefighter Federico Langone said in some areas of La Plata, the flood waters had reached a height of 1.5m (5ft).

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (C) in Villa Mitre in Buenos Aires (3 April 2013) The president visited some of the worst affected areas

More than 3,000 people had to leave their homes and 80,000 still do not have electricity, with two of La Plata’s hospitals also affected by the power cuts.

On Wednesday night, some of La Plata’s residents set up roadblocks to “protect their neighbourhoods from looters”.

President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on Wednesday visited Tolosa, the worst affected neighbourhood of La Plata, where she grew up and where her mother still lives.

Ms Fernandez acknowledged residents’ fears and promised to increase security.

Before her arrival, dozens of people had looted a supermarket. Three police officers were injured in scuffles with people trying to break into two other supermarkets.

Officials said 400 extra police officers and soldiers would be deployed to La Plata.


In Buenos Aires, where the rains had been at their worst overnight Monday to Tuesday, the floods have begun to recede and residents have started the clean-up.

Damp clothes and furniture were piled by roadsides as neighbours assessed the damage to their homes.

Mayor Mauricio Macri said about 350,000 people had been affected by the torrents of rain. Hundreds are still in shelters.

Pope Francis, an Argentine, has called on the authorities to step up their assistance to those left homeless by the storm.

The Pope sent a telegram to his newly appointed successor as Buenos Aires Archbishop, Mario Poli, saying he was praying for those who died, their families and survivors of the disaster.

Tragic floods: relief work for victims continues

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Buenos Aires City Cathedral is one of the places where donations are received.

After the tragic storm and floods that devastated some areas of Buenos Aires and La Plata capital district and killed 51 neighbours, the number of people who remained evacuated today was decreasing while relief works continued.

The Buenos Aires City Cathedral was still working as one of the main donation centres. Hundreds of volunteers were contributing with clothes, matresses and food for the victims of the floods.

Buenos Aires provincial Governor Daniel Scioli said yesterday that the death toll had risen to 51 people in La Plata, following six deaths in the capital from flooding two days earlier.

Buenos Aires provincial Justice and Security Minister Ricardo Casal reported 514 people remained evacuated, adding that no more people were registered missing.


Al menos 35 personas murieron por las inundaciones durante la noche en Buenos Aires de Argentina provincia, el gobernador dijo el mircoles, con lo que la cifra total de muertos de das de lluvias torrenciales por lo menos a 41 y dejando grandes extensiones de la capital provincial bajo el agua.
El gobernador Daniel Scioli dijo que muchas personas se ahogaron tras intentar resguardarse en sus coches en Tolosa, un rea de la capital provincial de La Plata.
Las fuertes lluvias han matado al menos a seis personas en la capital del pas de Buenos Aires el da anterior. Los coches fueron inundados con sus tejados y el agua de lluvia se derramaba sobre las repisas de las ventanas en muchas casas en La Plata.
La gente se meti de sus barrios a travs de la altura del pecho del agua, y la polica y los vecinos se unieron utilizando lanchas de goma para evacuar a las familias y las mascotas a un terreno ms alto. “Esa intensa lluvia en tan poco tiempo ha dejado a muchas personas atrapadas en sus coches, en las calles, en algunos casos electrocutado.
Estamos dando prioridad al rescate de las personas que han sido atrapados en los rboles o en los techos de sus casas “, dijo Scioli. La Plata” nunca ha visto nada igual “a este desastre.
Las lluvias tambin inundaron la refinera ms grande del pas, provocando un incendio que tom horas para apagarlo.
La refinera de La Plata ha suspendido sus operaciones como consecuencia de ello, y de la empresa YPF de Argentina de Petrleo dijo que tiene un equipo de emergencia evaluar cmo lograr que se reinicie de nuevo.
– Las lluvias casi 16 pulgadas (400 milmetros) en cerca de dos horas – golpear provincial La Plata tras causar inundaciones y cortes de energa y mat a seis personas en la ciudad de Buenos Aires el da anterior.
“Perdimos herencias de la familia, electrodomsticos, ropa,” dijo Natalia Lescano, quien escap con su familia a casa de un amigo en una tierra ms alta. Ella dijo que tena que salir por s mismos, y se quej de que las autoridades no estaban haciendo lo suficiente para rescatar a la gente.
Hace unos cuatro centmetros ms (100 milmetros ms) de lluvia se espera que antes de que el mal tiempo pasa el jueves, el Servicio Meteorolgico Nacional, dijo.
Al menos 2.500 personas fueron evacuadas de sus hogares en el rea de La Plata, que es cerca de 37 millas (60 kilmetros) al sureste de la capital de Argentina.
Nacional El ministro de Planificacin, Julio de Vido dijo que unas 280.000 personas se quedaron sin electricidad en la ciudad y la provincia circundante de Buenos Aires, donde la mayora de los argentinos vive.
“Nuestro trabajo se centra en la restauracin del servicio, pero vamos a esperar hasta que se seque el equipo para garantizar la seguridad de los trabajadores de la electricidad, porque no queremos ninguna muerte”, dijo De Vido.
La inundacin amenazaba con arruinar el suministro de alimentos a travs del rea metropolitana de La Plata, que cuenta con cerca de 1 milln de personas.
“No hay poder en casi toda la ciudad”, dijo Casals, quien agreg que las inundaciones “acab con el centro y los barrios circundantes, tales como Tolosa, Elvira, Los Hornos, con hasta 2 metros (ms de 6 pies) de agua , y la gente est en sus techos. ”
Muchos de los evacuados durmieron en sus vehculos durante la noche. Transporte y negocios de todo tipo en la ciudad se encontraban en un punto muerto.
YPF dijo que no hubo heridos fueron causados ​​por el incendio en una refinera, lo que atribuy a “una extraordinaria acumulacin de agua de lluvia y cortes de energa elctrica en el complejo de refinera entero”.
El impacto en los suministros de combustibles de Argentina crnicamente cortos no estaba claro de inmediato.
Los seis asesinados en Buenos Aires incluy un trabajador del metro que se electrocut y una anciana que se ahog en el interior de su casa.

Muchos todava haba agua estancada en las casas, stanos, aparcamientos y trasteros el mircoles.
Los gobiernos de la presidenta Cristina Fernndez y el alcalde de Buenos Aires Mauricio Macri trat de culpar a los dems por el caos, y los medios de comunicacin dividida la nacin centrado su cobertura de manera que pongan de un lado o del otro de la peor manera.
Macri dijo el mircoles que la nica solucin es que los gobiernos constantemente enfrentadas a trabajar juntos en costosos ya largo plazo de proyectos de obras pblicas, la creacin de enormes tubos de drenaje subterrneos para llevar las lluvias torrenciales cada vez ms comunes a la Ro de la Plata.
Mircoles, 03 de abril 2013 a las 18:45 UTC RSOE

Informes Noticias

Inundaciones Argentina “catstrofe” de La Plata, Buenos Aires

BBC Mundo 05 de abril 2013 ltima actualizacin a las 02:00

En La Plata solo, 50 personas se sabe que han muerto

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Los trabajadores de emergencia en Argentina siguen tratando de rescatar a los residentes varados por las inundaciones en Buenos Aires y La Plata.

Ms de 50 personas se sabe que han muerto despus de una de las tormentas ms fuertes registradas inundaciones causadas flash.

Miles de personas fueron evacuadas de sus hogares y decenas siguen varados en los techos, copas de los rboles y los techos de los autobuses de la ciudad, el informe de los medios de comunicacin local.

El gobierno declar tres das de duelo nacional tras lo que calific como “una catstrofe sin precedentes”.

‘Death trap’

“Nunca hemos visto nada como esto”, dijo el gobernador provincial, Daniel Scioli.
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“La gente estaba tomado por sorpresa, y algunos no tuvieron tiempo de escapar de esta trampa mortal”, dijo Scioli, en referencia a la velocidad con que el agua suba.

Funcionarios provinciales dijeron 40cm (16 pulgadas) de lluvia cayeron sobre la ciudad de La Plata, en el espacio de dos horas en la noche del martes.

Antes, la tormenta haba arrojado a 15 cm de lluvia en la capital, Buenos Aires.

Funcionarios locales dijeron que al menos 48 personas fueron asesinadas en La Plata, seis en Buenos Aires y dos en sus suburbios. La Cruz Roja dijo que la mayora de las vctimas haban sido personas de edad avanzada que se ahogaron en sus casas.

Hasta ahora, slo la mitad de los cuerpos han sido identificados y los equipos de rescate temen que el nmero de muertos podra aumentar a medida que ms cuerpos son encontrados como las aguas de la inundacin.

El temor a los saqueos

Bombero Federico Langone dice en algunas zonas de La Plata, las aguas de la inundacin haba alcanzado una altura de 1,5 m (5 pies).
La presidenta argentina Cristina Fernndez de Kirchner (C) en Villa Mitre de Buenos Aires (3 de abril de 2013) El presidente visit algunas de las zonas ms afectadas

Ms de 3.000 personas tuvieron que abandonar sus hogares y 80.000 todava no tienen electricidad, con dos de los hospitales de La Plata tambin se ven afectados por los cortes de electricidad.

En la noche del mircoles, algunos de los residentes de La Plata levantaron barricadas para “proteger sus barrios de los saqueadores”.

La presidenta Cristina Fernndez de Kirchner visit el mircoles Tolosa, el barrio ms afectado de La Plata, donde se cri y donde su madre vive todava.

Sra. Fernndez reconoci los temores de los residentes y se comprometi a aumentar la seguridad.

Antes de su llegada, decenas de personas haban saqueado un supermercado. Tres policas resultaron heridos en enfrentamientos con la gente tratando de romper en dos otros supermercados.

Las autoridades dijeron que 400 policas y soldados adicionales seran desplegados a La Plata.

Limpieza y la recogida

En Buenos Aires, donde las lluvias haban sido en su peor momento durante la noche de lunes a martes, las inundaciones han comenzado a ceder y los residentes han comenzado la limpieza.

Ropa hmeda y los muebles estaban amontonados por caminos como vecinos evaluaron los daos a sus hogares.

El alcalde Mauricio Macri dijo que unas 350.000 personas han sido afectadas por las lluvias torrenciales. Cientos siguen en refugios.

Papa Francis, un argentino, ha pedido a las autoridades a intensificar su asistencia a los damnificados por la tormenta.

El Papa envi un telegrama a su sucesor recin nombrado arzobispo de Buenos Aires, Mario Poli, diciendo que l estaba orando por aquellos que murieron, sus familias y supervivientes de la catstrofe.

Trgico inundaciones: la labor de socorro a las vctimas contina

Viernes, 05 de abril 2013
La Catedral de Buenos Aires City es uno de los lugares donde se reciben las donaciones.

Despus de la tormenta trgica e inundaciones que devastaron algunas zonas de Buenos Aires y La Plata capital del distrito y mataron a 51 vecinos, el nmero de personas que permanecan evacuadas hoy fue disminuyendo mientras que el alivio obras continuaron.

La Ciudad de Buenos Aires Catedral segua trabajando como uno de los principales centros de donacin. Cientos de voluntarios estn contribuyendo con la ropa, colchones y alimentos para las vctimas de las inundaciones.

Buenos Aires provincial Gobernador Daniel Scioli dijo ayer que la cifra de muertos haba aumentado a 51 personas en La Plata, luego de seis muertes en la capital desde las inundaciones hace dos das.

Buenos Aires provincial de Justicia y Seguridad, Ricardo Casal inform de 514 personas permanecan evacuadas, y agreg que la gente no se registraron ms falta.

UK: Cargo ship Danio runs aground on Northumberland coast, concern for environment if oil leaks – 170313 1725z

(Photo: RNLI/Seahouses Lifeboat Station) Danio cargo vessel runs aground on Farne Islands. Seahouses Lifeboat attends.

“An 80 metre long ship has run aground on rocks near to the Farne Islands.

The MV Danio was carrying timbre from Perth in Scotland to Antwerp in Belgium when it hit when it struck the Blue Caps rocks at about 4.30 am Saturday morning.

The Seahouses RNLI lifeboat was immediately launched but attempts to tow the Danio to deeper waters had to be abandoned due to the outgoing tide.

The islands lie just three miles off the Northumberland coast.

They are part of an important wildlife haven for sea birds.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said there was no fuel leak from the MV Danio.

“No-one injured and pollution observed at this time” – Coastguard Credit: PA/RNLI

A spokesman said the master of the vessel reported the incident to the Coastguard and a salvage plan was being prepared.

“There was no-one injured and no pollution observed at this time,” the spokesman said.

“The Maritime and Coastguard Agency have been in touch with all relevant parties to ensure that the owners of the vessel have a salvage plan in place for the refloating of the vessel at the next high tide, which is this evening.”

Salvage operation underway Credit: PA/RNLI

Andrew Douglas, who runs boat trips round the Farnes from Seahouses, said the Danio was carrying logs.

He said: “She seems to be fine at the moment, and doesn’t appear to be holed.

“But it is worrying because all the birds are starting to return to the islands for the summer.

“We have 20,000 guillemots on the Farnes right now.”

National Trust’s head ranger for the Farne Islands: “We got lucky.” Credit: PA/RNLI

The Farne Islands are also home to puffins, grey seals and more than 20 bird species breed there.

David Steel, the National Trust’s head ranger for the Farnes, said: “We got lucky.

“The birds are not back and there does not seem to be any damage to the ship, so we got away with it.

“The Farnes are internationally-important for nesting sea birds. We have 80,000 pairs of sea birds including 37,000 pairs of puffins.” – ITV News

Update 17 Mar 2013 Aprrox 1600z

Seahouses RNLI lifeboat: “No changes yet lifeboat returned to Seahouses harbour lunchtime to possibly return to stricken vessel at next high tide.” “…she’s pretty stuck and with the smaller tides this weekend it’s not looking good but fingers crossed”

(Photos: RNLI)

Other Reports

Danio cargo vessel runs aground on Farne Islands

BBC NEWS 16 March 2013 Last updated at 22:58

A 262ft (80m) cargo vessel has run aground off the Northumberland coast.

The Seahouses Lifeboat Station received a distress call from the cargo vessel Danio in the early hours of Saturday.

The ship got caught on rocks on the Farne Islands, a sanctuary to seals and seabirds, about 3 miles (5km) from the mainland.

Salvage teams are at the scene but there are no reports of any fuel leak or injuries. The crew of six are spending the night on board.

The vessel, which was built in 2001 and registered in Antigua and Barbuda, was sailing from Perth to Antwerp in Belgium with a cargo of timber.

It ran aground near Little Harcar rock, close to the Longstone Lighthouse, at about 04:30 GMT.

Ian Clayton from the RNLI said there were concerns about possible environmental damage if oil started leaking from the vessel.

But National Trust ranger David Steel said he was “hopeful” the vessel would pass without “any incidents”.

‘Overnight watch’

He said: “Everything seems good. It’s only if there is a spillage we’ll become concerned.

“We have been very fortunate that this has happened out of the height of the season. If it had happened in mid-summer, it could have been disastrous.”

There have been no reported spillages from the vessel so far

It was hoped the ship would be moved by a tugboat during high tide but this has not been possible.

Mr Clayton said Seahouses lifeboats had been with the vessel for 15 hours and a crew from Berwick-upon-Tweed would be on watch overnight.

A meeting will take place on Sunday morning involving various officials – including the coastguard, pollution control experts and salvage teams – to work out the best way to move the vessel.

Earlier, Mr Clayton said: “It is not a good area for any shipping to be in.

“It is lying in quite a tricky location and it will be difficult for the tugs to get in there to try and get the vessel freed.

“Obviously we have concerns for any possible environmental damage should any oil start to leak from this vessel, because of the very sensitive nature of the Farne Islands.”

The island is home to about 80,000 pairs of seabirds and a large grey seal colony.” – BBC News

Gas Accumulation Caused Pemex Explosion in Mexico City: Deaths 37, injuries 101 – 050213 1220z

A powerful explosion rocked the Mexico City headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex on Thursday, killing at least 25 people, injuring more than 100 and trapping others inside.

(Updates at bottom of page)

(Photo: @Excelsior_Mex) Firefighters at the scene of the Pemex explosion

The mid-afternoon blast shattered the lower floors of the downtown tower, throwing debris into the streets and sending frightened workers running outside.

A government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said preliminary findings suggested the blast was caused by a gas boiler exploding in a Pemex building next to the tower. But the cause was still being investigated, the official added.

The explosion was the latest in a series of safety problems to hit Mexicos national oil monopoly. Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said the blast killed at least 25 people, up from a previous count of 14, and injured 100.

Dozens of employees were believed to be still trapped inside, and rescue workers said the death toll at the Pemex skyscraper could keep rising. Mauricio Parra, a paramedic at the scene, said he believed at least 20 people had died and that 100 could be trapped at the offices of Pemex, a national institution that President Enrique Pena Nietos administration has pledged to reform this year.

Police quickly cordoned off the building, and television images showed the explosion caused major damage to the ground floor and blew out windows on the lower floors of the tower.

Several witnesses said the blast came from the neighboring Pemex building.

Pemex said initially the tower was evacuated due to a problem with its electricity supply.

It then said there had been an explosion, but did not say what caused it.

Earlier in the evening, Pena Nieto, who took office in December, went to the scene of the blast and said it would be thoroughly investigated.

He vowed to apply the force of the law if anyone was found to be responsible for it.

Mexican news network Milenio said security officials after the explosion carried out a precautionary search of Congress for explosive devices, but found nothing.

Helicopters buzzed around the building and lines of fire trucks sped to the entrance, while emergency workers ferried injured people through wreckage strewn on the street.

Search-and-rescue dogs were sent into the skyscraper, a Mexico City landmark that sports a distinctive hat on top.

Pemex published a list of 105 workers who were being treated for injuries in hospitals. (See bottom of page)

Friday, 01 February, 2013 at 05:59 UTC RSOE

MEXICO CITY, Jan. 31. –

Around 15:55 hours, an explosion occurred in the basement of the building of the Tower of alternative Pemex in Mexico City, the Interior Ministry reported that 101 people have injured and 25 people lost their lives.

The Mexican Red Cross reported the death of a person in his central hospital.

Pemex reported that an explosion occurred in the basement of the Administrative Center B2 affected resulting downstairs and mezannine, similarly reports that the main building did not show any damage. In his Twitter account, said that the activities at the site are suspended until further notice.

Similarly announced that only the Interior Ministry report on the explosion in the building of the Tower of alternate Pemex.

Eduardo Snchez, Undersecretary of Norms and Governance media reported that in the basement of the place encuentraban people which have been gradually recovering, on the other side.
Condor Helicopters SSPDF perform the transfer of several people with major injuries to hospital Azcapotzalco Pemex and one located south of the city.

Personal Mexican Red Cross reports that in the scene work about 25 ambulances, which have moved to several people to hospital Azcapotzalco Pemex and the same grouping in Polanco.

At the site, plus staff and Rescue Squadron Medical Emergencies (ERUM), there are elements of Heroic Firefighters, Civil Protection and voluntary ambulances as well as members of the Mexican Army to assist in the rescue efforts.

The head of city government, Miguel Angel Mancera is on the scene to check the rescue and the location in the building of the parastatal.

A nearby Pemex Tower, was reached by the interior minister, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, who posted on his Twitter account We are taking what happened at the Tower of Pemex in Mexico City, at a time when we will release more information and the head of the Attorney Generals Office (PGR), Jess Murillo Karam.

Similarly Pedro Joaquin Coldwell, energy secretary and the head of Miguel Hidalgo borough, Victor Hugo Romo are on the scene.

While Pemex announced on his Twitter account that the director general of Pemex, Emilio Lozoya Austin, and flies back to his working trip in Asia.

Also located in the Pemex Tower Undersecretary of Planning and Institutional Protection, Manuel Mondragn y Kalb.

Traffic on National Marina Avenue was closed to avoid obstructing the work of emergency items.

(Photo: Sky News)

Full list of injured by explosion at Pemex Tower

Authorities confirmed 14 dead and 80 wounded, although the figures could vary

January 31, 2013 9:00 pm

Polanco Mexican Red Cross

1. Toms Rivera Argello (37)

2. Victor Manuel Acosta Magaanes (45)

3. Joel Benitez Machorro (41)

4. Gerardo Gonzalez Guzman (55)

5. Erika Torres Moras (28)

6. Fernando Lujn Acevedo (52)

7. Maricela Guzman Ruiz (55)

8. Daneb Guzman Alvarez (55)

9. Javier Valls (46)

10. Octavio Ramos Vctor Mora (25)

11. Karen Rodriguez Salgado (28)

12. Angel Rodrigo Hurtado Sendn (30)

13. Ana Luisa Castro

14. Roco Garca Benitez

Central Hospital of Pemex Azcapotzalco

1. Virginia De la Torre

2. Bertha Graciela Solis

3. Luz Maria Torres Najera

4. Lourdes Mata

5. Linda Amelio Roxana Carrillo

6. Juan Jos Eugenio Manldonado

7. Ramon Rodriguez Mendiola

8. Oded Audemar Flowers

9. Edith Hernandez Patricia Florez

10. Ernesto Valente Flores Gonzalez

11. Sergio Jimenez Elizalde

12. Rocio Ugalde Buendia

13. Alejandro Ramirez Arroyo

14. Maria Luisa Ramirez

15. Carlos Ramirez Sumoto

16. Gabriel Estrada

17. Agustin Aguirre

18. Katia America Vega

19. Evelia Maria Florez Vega

20. Guillermo Olguin

21. Antonio Barrientos

22. Luis Javier Gallardo Betancourt

23. Florez Gabriel Zavala

24. Beristain Raul Reyes

25. Arredondo Salvador Becerra

26. Pedro Hernandez Mendieta

27. Alfonso Hernandez Caballer

28. Octavio Victor Mora

29. Maricela Ruiz War

30. Agustin Aguirre Sanabria

31. Tomas Rivera Arguelles

32. Mosqueda Alberto Dominguez

33. Gabriel Estrada Dominguez

34. Julia Esther Chavez Gomez

35. Rocio Angelica Benitez

36. Jose Andres Garcia

37. Ma Delia Flores Robles

38. GerardoVeles Roses

39. Coca Lizbeth Karina Pichardo

40. Jose Alberto Garduo Pancardo

41. Ma Isabel Mendoza Ortega

42. Gpe. Arellano Hernandez

43. Claudia Patricia Leon Placencia

44. Ma del Rocio Lozano Navarro

45. Mauricio Ramos Hernandez

46. Luis G. Ordaz Hernandez

47. Kimberley Gomez Campos

48. Oswaldo Sanchez Gonzalez

49. Olgin Guillermo Serrano

50. Fernando Lujan Acevedo

51. Granados Salome Rivera

52. Joel Martinez Salinas

53. Colin Aldalberto

54. Pichardo Martinez Xochil

55. Balcuesta Witmar Moon

56. Andres Garcia

57. Leoncio Vidal Jimenez Lopez

58. Juan Manuel Briones Aguilar

59. Juan Barrientos

60. Sandra Limon

61. Joel Benitez Machorro

62. Agustin Sanchez Aguirre

63. Rosario Camacho Cervantes

64. Gabriel Estrada Dominguez

65. Victor Ortiz Guzman Mora

66. Ma Xochil Salmeron Hernandez

67. Joel Benitez Medrano

68. Ernesto Carrasco

69. Juan Maldonado

70. Joel Medrano

71. Ma Del Carmen Tapia Balsera

72. Margarita Maldonado Limon

73. Angelica Susana Martinez Limon

74. Morquecho Alberto Dominguez

75. Maria Hernandez Salinas Xochil

76. Carlos Antonio Herrada Velazquez

77. Edilberto Pool and Uc

78. Wilmer Balpuesta Lucas

Pemex Hospital Picacho

1. Castrejon Norma Garcia

2. Rogelio Hernandez

3. Martina Sustersick

4. Ruben Malagon

5. Ma De la Luz Castaeda

6. Martha Camacho

7. Mitzi Jimenez Trejo

8. Marco Gonzalez Jimenez Antono

9. Rodolfo Lemus

10. Alfredo Hernandez Ceron

11. Ma De Lourdes Mata ramirez

Angeles del Pedregal

1. Carolina Lopez Victoria

2. Laura Alicia Arriaga Vanegas

Update 05 Feb 2013:

Deaths 37, Injuries 101. Buildup of gas, thought to bemethane, in the basement caused blast

A buildup of gas in the basement of the headquarters of the national oil company caused a blast that killed 37 people and wounded dozens earlier this week, Mexico’s attorney-general said Sunday.

Attorney-General Jesus Murillo Karam said an investigation by Mexican, Spanish, U.S. and British experts found no evidence of explosives in the blast that collapsed several lower floors of the Petroleos Mexicanos administrative building on Thursday afternoon.

He said they believed that an electrical fault had caused a spark that detonated the leaking gas. There was scant evidence of the burn marks or evidence of a blast wave typical in a bombing, he said. There was also no sign of a crater like that typically left by an explosive device.

Murillo said officials had yet to discover the source of the gas, which is believed to have been methane gas that either leaked from a number of ducts and tunnels that passed under or connected to the building, or built up from the sewer system.

He described the blast as a “diffuse” explosion, typical of the detonation of a cloud of gas, rather than an explosion that would have emanated from a relatively compact source like a bomb.

He said laboratory tests had turned up “zero” evidence of any explosive. “This explosion, at its peak, generated an effect on the structures of the floors of the building, first pushing them up and then causing them to fall, and that was the primary cause of deaths in the building,” he said.

The announcement late Monday ended days of silence about the potential cause of the company’s worst disaster in a decade.

The blast fueled debate about the state of Pemex, a vital source of government revenue that is suffering from decades of underinvestment and has been hit by a recent series of accidents that have tarnished its otherwise improving safety record.

Until now, virtually all the accidents had hit its petroleum infrastructure, not its office buildings.

Tuesday, 05 February, 2013 at 03:58 UTC RSOE

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The explosion, gas: PGR; tragedy Pemex headquarters
Lack investigate whether the accumulation of gas was accidental, said Attorney Murillo Karam

“MEXICO CITY, Feb. 5. – The accumulation of gas “methane possibly” in the piles caused the explosion in the building of the administrative complex B2 Pemex, the PGR said in reporting preliminary results of investigations of the tragedy that has so far caused 37 deaths.

Conference last night, Jesus Murillo Karam, Attorney General of the Republic reiterated that no traces of explosives were found.

However, it still remains to be clarified whether the accumulation of flammable gas was caused intentionally or accidentally.

Discard PGR use of explosives

The Attorney General’s Office, Jesus Murillo Karam, denied that the explosion occurred in the building B2 Pemex Administrative Complex on Thursday was caused by an explosive device.

He stated that “there was an explosion diffuse slowly and defined, caused by the accumulation of methane gas.”

At a press conference on the first expert in the building of the parastatal, the official said there were no signs of fire or any explosive residue, which was confirmed by laboratory tests performed so far.

The experts determined that the explosion was diffuse, ie slow, horizontal and perfectly defined, which is a characteristic of a gas explosion.

The outbreak led to the structure of the floor slabs of the building was pushed upward and then fall, causing crush injuries to most victims.

He explained that when detonated a device, you can easily find a crater at the base or point of explosion, which in this case did not occur, nor were fractured steel beams.

Besides the bodies of the victims have no dismemberment and only three were burned bodies found in the gas explosion, which came into contact with a power source not specified, the victims did not suffer hearing damage, which would be characteristic of explosive detonations by.

“In all the structure elements showing no traces of fire, not a single object or a paper burned,” said Murillo, who added that “there had been a bomb, would have caused the destruction of all administrative complex glasses “and all the windows are intact higher plants.

Discarded LP gas

On the presence of gas, of which methane is possibly said although yet to be confirmed, may have originated in the basement or in the engine room, the possibility that it was dismissed by LP detected no trace of that substance.

The head of the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) reported that currently there is no gas in the administrative center facilities.

At the same time, he acknowledged that so far there has a preliminary investigation into the Pemex maintenance contracts, and that is just asking for those documents that are part of the investigation.

He said he will review all contracts that have been made to know which of them might have some consequence “if there is” or influenced the incident or has boosted.

International Surveys

In the conference which was also attended by the Secretaries of the Interior, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, and Energy, Pedro Joaquin Coldwell, was confirmed in studies involving forensic experts from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) and the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN).

Participate in the expert staff of the secretariats of National Defense, the Navy, the PGR, the General Coordination of Civil Protection and the Federal capital police and experts from Spain, United States and England.

Attorney Murillo Karam abounded that work in Pemex Administrative Center located in Colonia Anzures Veronica, Miguel Hidalgo, will resume on Wednesday in buildings less Annex B1 and Annex B2.

Finally, Interior Minister, Miguel Osorio Chong, invited deputies and senators, as well as the media to make a tour of the disaster area, guided by experts, in order to provide transparency to investigations.

“We are open to being able to perform with who so desires,” said Osorio Chong.” –


Major evacuation of Cormorant Alpha platform in North Sea after oil & gas leak – 150113 1935z

A major evacuation of workers from Taqa Bratani’s Cormorant Alpha platform in the UK northern North Sea following a leak involving oil and gas

Hydrocarbons were detected in one of the platform’s concrete legs at 4.15pm UK time on Monday. It is understood that the main release of hydrocarbons into the platform leg involves crude oil but that associated gas from that crude has activated gas detector alarms. The volumes of oil and gas involved are not yet known as the situation is understood to be ongoing. Production and all associated pipeline infrastructure have been shut in, Taqa said on Tuesday morning.

“Since the discovery, hydrocarbon levels have been continually monitored,” Taqa said. A total of 159 people are on board. All have been accounted for and are safe. “We have stopped all non-essential work on the platform to focus all our efforts on addressing this issue. As a precaution, we will be taking all non-essential crew off the installation. “This will be done by scheduled helicopter flights throughout the day.” A technical team is investigating the source of the hydrocarbons, Taqa said. Aberdeen Coastguard said they had been informed of “an incident” but were not currently providing assistance. Cormorant Alpha, in Block 211/26a about 160 kilometres from the Shetlands, handles gross output of about 90,000 barrels per day of crude.

Tuesday, 15 January, 2013 at 12:45 (12:45 PM) UTC RSOE


Nearly 100 oil workers were flown to safety from an ageing North Sea platform yesterday, after an oil leak was found in one of its giant legs. The 92 workers on Taqa Bratani’s Cormorant Alpha platform, 94 miles east of Shetland, were taken off on a series of scheduled helicopter flights following the discovery of the leak on Monday afternoon, leaving 67 personnel still on board. Production on the platform has also been shut down as a precaution. The company said the leak had been contained and was under control. It began transferring non-essential personnel to neighbouring rigs and the mainland at 1:30pm yesterday and had completed the transfer by early evening. A spokeswoman for Taqa Bratani, part of the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, said: “Taqa can confirm that an indication of hydrocarbons was detected in one of the legs of the Cormorant Alpha platform in the northern UK North Sea at 4:15 pm on 14 January. “The platform and all pipeline infrastructure have been shut down as a precaution.”

Thursday, 17 January, 2013 at 03:41 UTC

Nigeria: Oil/petroleum pipeline explosion and fire, 30 burnt to death in Ogun State – 130113 2055z

“Nigeria’s police in southwest Lagos State on Saturday said up to 30 persons, suspected to be fuel vandals died in a pipeline fire at Arepo village in neighboring Ogun State.

Friday Ibadin, the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in- charge of the Special Task Force on Anti-Pipeline Vandalism, told reporters in Lagos, the country’s commercial hub that an explosion was heard at about 2 a.m, local time.

He said the fire was caused by suspected vandals, who allegedly ferried across to the creeks to siphon petroleum products from a ruptured state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline.

The police chief said fire fighters were still trying to contain the fire.

He gave an assurance that the police would provide adequate security in the area.

He said security agencies were on the trail of other vandal survivors, who fled the scene of the incident.

According to Ibadin, one of the suspects arrested told the police that many of his mates were killed in the explosion, while others injured might still be alive and dying in the creeks.

A survivor was quoted as saying that more than 50 persons were involved in carrying out the vandal.

The police said the suspect’s told his men that about 30 people were feared to be burnt to death, while many were injured while scooping fuel from a pipeline in the early hours of the day.

Stealing fuel from oil pipeline is very common in Nigeria, Africa’s leading oil producer. But mismanagement and corruption has his the refining sector, causing chronic fuel shortages.”

Sunday, 13 January, 2013 at 04:40 (04:40 AM) UTC RSOE

Shell Oil Drilling Rig Kulluk Aground on Sitkalidak Island, currently no signs of a fuel spill – 020113 1925z

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A helicopter delivers personnel to Kulluk on 31 December 2012
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An overnight Coast Guard flight over an Alaska drilling rig that ran aground in shallow water off a small island on New Year’s Eve found no signs of a fuel spill.

But officials at a unified command center run by the Coast Guard, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, state responders and others said theyll have to wait until daylight to know for sure what environmental impact the grounding might have caused. TheKulluk grounded Monday night on rocks off the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island, an uninhabited island in the Gulf of Alaska. The North Pacific storm that has caused problems for Shells efforts to move the drill into place near Kodiak Island is expected to continue Tuesday, at a slightly milder intensity, said spokeswoman Darci Sinclair.

The storm has included winds gusting near 70 mph and swells to 35 feet and the forecast calls for winds to drop to gusts of up to 40 mph with swells up to 20 feet. Theyre planning additional overflights, weather permitting, during daylight hours, Sinclair said about two hours before sunrise in Alaska. U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., who is the top Democrat on the Natural Resources Committee, issued a statement Tuesday expressing his concerns about the Kulluk situation. Oil companies keep saying they can conquer the Arctic, but the Arctic keeps disagreeing with the oil companies, Markey said. Drilling expansion could prove disastrous for this sensitive environment. The Kulluk was being towed by a 360-foot anchor handler, the Aiviq, and a tugboat, the Alert. The vessels were moving north along Kodiak Island, trying to escape the worst of the storm. Sitkalidak is on the southeast side of Kodiak Island. About 4:15 p.m., the drill ship separated from the Aiviq about 10 to 15 miles off shore and grounding was inevitable, Coast Guard Cmdr. Shane Montoya, the acting federal on-scene coordinator, told reporters.

Once the Aiviq lost its tow, we knew the Alert could not manage the Kulluk on its own as far as towing, and thats when we started planning for the grounding, he said. The command center instructed the nine tug crew members to guide the drill ship to a place where it would cause the least environmental damage. The tug cut the unmanned ship loose at 8:15 p.m. and it grounded at 9 p.m. near the north tip of Ocean Bay on Sitkalidak. The Alert was not able to do anything as far as towing the Kulluk but tried to maintain some kind of control, Montoya said. The drill ship drafts 35 to 40 feet of water. The Coast Guard planned to fly out early Tuesday to plan a salvage operation and possible spill response. It is carrying 150,000 gallons of diesel and about 12,000 gallons of lube oil and hydraulic fluid, Montoya said. Susan Childs, Shells on-scene coordinator, said it was too early to know how the vessel would react to the pounding of the storm when it was aground and stationary.

She was optimistic about its salvage prospects and chances for staying intact. The unique design of the Kulluk means the diesel fuel tanks are isolated in the center of the vessel and encased in very heavy steel, she said. When the weather subsides and it is safe to do so, we will dispatch crews to the location and begin a complete assessment. The Kulluk is designed for extended drilling in Arctic waters and underwent $292 million in technical upgrades since 2006 to prepare for Alaska offshore exploration. The drill ship worked during the short 2012 open water season in the Beaufort Sea off Alaskas north coast. Its ice-reinforced, funnel-shape hull can deflect moving ice downward and break it into pieces. Attached to a drilling prospect, the Kulluk is designed to handle waves 18 feet high. When disconnected from a well, its designed to handle seas to 40 feet. Garth Pulkkinen of Noble Corp., the operator of the drill ship, said it was never in danger of capsizing.

The vessel first separated from a towing vessel Thursday night south of Kodiak Island. It was carrying a skeleton crew of 17 as it was towed by the Aiviq from Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands to Seattle for maintenance. The tow line broke at a shackle attached to one of the vessels. It was new. It was inspected before it left Dutch, but it broke, said Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith. Before a line could be reattached, the Aiviqs engines failed, possibly from contaminated fuel. The Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley attempted to secure the drifting drill ship but that line failed and wrapped itself around one of the cutters propellers, requiring the cutter to return to Kodiak on one propeller. With bad weather predicted, the Kulluks crew was evacuated Saturday. They hooked up emergency tow lines and left them trailing behind the vessel in case they were needed. The Aiviq, with its engines restored, and a tug re-established lines to the drill ship, but lines broke Sunday. During a lull in the storm early Monday, the crew of Alert grabbed the original 400-foot line trailing the drill ship and later the Aiviq grappled aboard one of the emergency lines.

Tuesday, 01 January, 2013 at 18:25 UTC RSOE

So far, the Shell Oil drilling rig Kulluk is reported to have remained intact with no observed leaks of diesel fuel, lube or hydraulic oil, after grounding on Alaskas Sitkalidak Island on Monday night. The video below was taken yesterday by Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis from a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. The weather conditions were reported to be 40 mph winds and 20 foot seas. Rick Spilman

Related: Waves crash on grounded Shell drilling ship in Alaska

Offshore workers evacuated from North Sea oil rig following gas leak – 261112 1910z

An investigation is under way after more than 90 workers were evacuated from a North Sea oil platform following a gas leak.

North Cormorant platform
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They were taken to nearby installations after the alarm was raised on the North Cormorant platform at about 05:00 on Sunday.

Operators Taqa Bratani said the platform was shut down as a precaution.

No-one was injured.

The company said the exact cause of the incident was not yet known.

Taqa said 92 non-essential crew were transferred, from a total of 202 personnel.

The neighbouring feeder Tern and Eider installations were also shut down.

The North Cormorant platform is about 109 miles off Lerwick, Shetland.

Monday, 26 November, 2012 at 10:53 (10:53 AM) UTC RSOE

“A spokeswoman for Taqa said: “[We] can confirm that, as a precautionary measure, 92 non-essential crew were transferred from its North Cormorant platform following an incident on the installation.

“A total of 202 personnel were on board at the time and all are safe and well. 110 workers remain on the platform.

“As a result of an indication of gas, the platform was shut down and depressurised. The platform’s well operations have been made safe and the situation is under control.

“As a further precautionary measure, the 92 non-essential personnel were taken by helicopter to nearby TAQA installations. Thirty-eight of those transferred workers, who could not be accommodated offshore overnight, have returned onshore.

“Our number one priority is the safety and welfare of our people on board the facility as well as the surrounding environment. An investigation will be undertaken to establish the cause of the incident.”” –

Black Elk Oil rig explosion in Gulf of Mexico: 11 injured airlifted to hospital, 2 missing, 9 unhurt – Updated 181112 0200z

The U.S. Coast Guard in New Orleans confirms there was an offshore platform explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that happened around 9:15 a.m. Friday.

It is believed to be off the coast of Grand Isle in Federal Waters.

Capt. Ed Cubanski with the U.S. Coast Guard says contrary to previous reports there have been no confirmed deaths from the explosion.

The platform is a production facility.

There were 22 people on the platform at the time of the explosion.

Two people are reported missing, 11 were initially airlifted to local hospitals, and nine were uninjured during the explosion.

Officials say crews from other oil rigs were helping to evacuate the people on the platform, and hopefully the two missing people are with another crew.

The search for them continues.

A hospital spokesperson says two of the critically injured were airlifted to the Baton Rouge General-Mid City Burn Center from a hospital in Marrero, LA.

Two are still en route to Baton Rouge from the hospital in Marrero, LA via ambulance.

The hospital says the two that are already at the Baton Rouge hospital are in critical condition with major burns. There is no word on the other two victims.

The Coast Guard activated a “command center” in Houma, LA to investigate the incident.

A cleanup crew been dispatched to handle any possible pollution.

Capt. Cubanski says there is an oil sheen that is about one half mile by 200 yards.

A Coast Guard crew out of Morgan City, LA will help lead the investigation into the accident itself. They say it’s still too early to get an exact pinpoint on how the accident will impact the environment.

John Hoffman, the CEO of Black Elk says “It’s very tough. We’re almost like family and when something like this happens, it tears at our hearts.”

Hoffman says their thoughts are with the victims and their families.

“It’s a horrible day but we are going to hold together. First and foremost we have to take care of those who were involved.”

The U.S. Coast Guard says the platform was “shut-in” meaning production had been stopped so crews could perform repairs.

Workers were using a torch to cut a 3-inch line that was 75-feet long when the explosion happened.

There was about 28 gallons of product in that line. The fire is out and there is no oil believed to be leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.

A Congressional source says the Gulf oil rig fire caused by an acetylene torch cutting an oil line.

An official said the platform in question is a shallow water platform located in West Delta Block 32 in the Gulf of Mexico, about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, south of New Iberia on the south-central Louisiana coast.

Plaquemines Port Authority was immediately notified by the Coast Guard and are on stand-by in Venice to support the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard is on the scene with multiple boats and aircrafts.

Three commercial vessels are also on scene. ES&H clean-up has been dispatched to handle any possible pollution.

They have set up their command center in Houma. Black Elk Energy, a Houston-based company, has a platform in that area, but it is unknown if that company owns the one that had the explosion.

Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations, LLC, announced in October that drilling and major rig work on the first of the 23 wells started in November.

The preliminary report says a worker was cutting a pipe that had oil in it and it ignited.

The fire has been extinguished. The preliminary report also states an oil sheen can be seen in the water.

Sources say the structure of the platform is intact with no structural damage from the explosion.

Saturday, 17 November, 2012 at 04:50 UTC RSOE

Coast Guard calls off search for two missing workers after oil rig explosion

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In this aerial photograph, a supply vessel moves near an oil rig damaged by an explosion and fire on Friday in the Gulf of Mexico about 17 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La.

By NBC News staff and wire services

The Coast Guard called off the search for two workers missing after an explosion and fire devastated an oil rig off Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. Three helicopter crews, a Coast Guard cutter and a fixed-wing aircraft crew had searched a 1,400-square-mile area around the platform, which is operated by Houston-based Black Elk Energy, the Coast Guard said in a statement. – NBC

Japan’s Coast Guard: 11 crew rescued, 6 missing from Hong-Kong cargo ship New Lucky VII




Japanese Coast Guard have rescued eleven crew members from a Hong-Kong cargo ship that went missing in stormy seas off the coast of a southwestern Japanese island on Tuesday. Six crew remain missing.

4,000-ton cargo ship, the New Lucky Seven (Photo:

The Coast Guard got a call from Hong Kong’s maritime rescue office before dawn on Thursday.

The office said it had lost contact with a 4,000-ton cargo ship, the New Lucky Seven, with a crew of 17. The ship had reported to its owner in Hong Kong on Tuesday morning from about 100 kilometers west of the island of Amami Oshima in the East China Sea. On board were 14 Indonesians, 2 Chinese and a Taiwanese.

A Coast Guard team consisting of an aircraft and 2 patrol boats dispatched to the area found a large oil slick floating 10 kilometers off that location.

The ship was on its way back to China, carrying timber from Papua New Guinea, when it went missing in stormy seas caused by a freak low pressure system.

Source: NHK World


Elgin North Sea platform update – Greenpeace ship arrives


Total plans to send a helicopter to inspect its Elgin North Sea platform in the next few days to ensure it is safe before beginning work to cap a well that has leaked explosive gas for more than a week, two industry sources close to the matter said on Monday.

Officials from the French operator of the oil and gas platform are due to meet Britain’s Health and Safety Executive on Monday to discuss the risks involved in sending humans to the platform. All 238 workers have been evacuated and a two-mile exclusion zone set up around the platform for safety reasons, with fire-fighting ships on standby.

“Total is sending its own people to ensure the platform is safe…in the next few days,” one of the sources said. It was unclear how many staff would take part. If the operation is successful, Total plans to send experts by the end of the week to the platform to begin injecting mud on the wellhead to stop the gas leak, the sources said. A Total spokesman said the group was continuing talks with HSE on different aspects of the operation, but declined to comment on any plan to send a helicopter. The union representing staff at the Elgin platform opposes plans to fly a team of crisis engineers to the platform saying it is too dangerous given the amounts of gas in the vicinity.

“We think this is a highly dangerous tactic. Even a dropped hammer could ignite the gas. The whole thing would have to executed perfectly,” said a union official who asked not to be identified. Total has hired a team of international experts to advise it on how to plug the leak, including U.S. firefighting and engineering firm Wild Well Control, which helped tackle BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010 and Kuwait’s raging oil fires in 1991. Total will use Canadian CHC Helicopter for its operation, which specializes in the transportation of offshore oil and gas platforms and vessels, the two sources said. In parallel, the firm has also started preparations for drilling two relief wells. On Saturday Total confirmed that a gas flare, lit during the evacuation to burn off excess gas, had gone out, reducing the threat of an explosion. The flare had been burning just 100 metres from the site of the gas leak.

A Greenpeace ship has also arrived near the 2-mile exclusion zone surrounding the platform, the group said. Greenpeace activists collected their first samples of water and air, which will be analysed in Germany. Danger posed by the gas leak on sea birds and marine plants and animals was small, a marine pollution expert said, due to the low quantity of hydrocarbons contained within the condensates that have formed a slick on the water.

“If things continue as they are, I do not think that the marine pollution risks are high. The condensate slick is reported to be slight and diminishing,” said Martin Preston, a marine pollution specialist at the University of Liverpool. Total said to its staff at the end of last week that the gas leak emitted daily carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to a Paris/Shanghai round trip, a source at the company said.” – RSOE