Explosion on Petrobras drilling ship NS-32 caused the dead of one personnel, while another three were seriously injured and airlifted to local hospital hospital. The vessel is managed by Odebrecht and was operating at Marlim Field in Campos Basin on 60 nautical miles off Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but suffered explosion during maintenance on an inoperable boiler. There was no fire after the explosion and there was no serious damages to the drillship. Following the explosion four people were wounded, one of them died, while another there were seriously injured and hospitalized with life-threatening hurts. The work of vessel were suspended until experts assess the damages and her condition.
The ship NS-32 was not drilling at the time of the explosion and there was no environmental pollution following the accident. Petrobras and local authorities will follow an investigation for the root cause of the accident.
The drillship NS-32 is managed by Odebrecht Oleo e Gas, a unit of Odebrecht SA. She was built by DSME and is capable of drilling in water depth up to 3,048 m, with drilling depths to 12,192 m. The drillship NS 32 has previously been used offshore Brazil for appraisal drilling at the Carcara discovery in the Santos Basin.