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Incidents : Offshore vessel Carmen sank in Brazil’s Campos Basin region.

For the time being, an inquiry into the circumstances of the sinking is under way.

A 140-foot offshore vessel Carmen sank near the Albacora oil field in Brazil’s Campos Basin region.

The vessel first started listing and then eventually sank. All 18 crew members were rescued from the vessel’s life rafts after the master ordered abandon the vessel to the crew.

Before the accident

Before the accident, the offshore vessel was conducting Bathymetric survey. According to reports, the offshore vessel on contract with Petrobras.

Prior to the incident, the vessel was conducting bathymetric survey work, according to operator OceanPact Geosciences. Thus, the video above shows the casualty taking place in challenging surface conditions.

Following the incident, the Brazilian Navy ordered OceanPact to maintain an oil pollution response presence at the scene in case fuel or debris from the vessel comes up to the surface.

Brazilian petroleum union Sindicato

For the time being, an inquiry into the circumstances of the sinking is under way.

In the meantime, Brazilian petroleum union Sindicato dos Petroleiros do Norte Fluminense (Sindipetro NF) called for strengthening the inspection system for offshore vessels serving in the sector.

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