Fire damages pipe layer platform at Cypriot port

Source: Xinhua| 2019-01-05 03:00:13|Editor: yan
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NICOSIA, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- A fire caused extensive damage to a pipe layer platform that was docked at a terminal of the Limassol port, southern Cyprus, but there were no casualties among the 172 members of the crew, the fire service said on Friday.

All crew members who were on board the platform disembarked safely, the fire service said.

Fire service director Marcos Trangolas told the state broadcaster that the fire started at noon in the engine room of the Castoro Sei platform, but the cause was still unknown, though it was clear that it started from an electricity generator.

Trangolas said that there was no danger to the platform.

"The fire service is managing the situation in cooperation with the platform's captain and mechanic," the fire service spokesman Andeas Kettis said in a statement.

He added that the platform's automatic fire extinguishing system was activated and this made the fire more manageable.

Kettis added that four firefighting engines used high expansion foam in the engine room and managed to contain the fire.

"The temperatures were brought down considerably making it possible for firefighters to put out the fire," the spokesman said.

The platform was stationed at the Limassol port for maintenance before departing for Israel in the coming days. It had previously worked for laying underwater pipelines for Egypt's giant Zohr gas field.

Israel, Cyprus and Egypt have developed extensive natural gas exploration programs, which require extensive pipe laying operations.