TIBA Aids Rescue Efforts for PEMEX’s “Burgos” Oil Tanker
On September 24, 2016, the oil tanker “Burgos,” owned by the Mexican state-owned company PEMEX, experienced a major fire while off the coast of Veracruz. Fortunately, there were no casualties, but this emergency situation required quick coordination by a number of different parties in order to carry out rescue efforts and avoid further damage.
TIBA immediately put its emergency protocols for such a case into action. We coordinated the distribution of machinery and special instruments for rescuing the tanker and identifying electrical sparks and drains aboard the submerged ship. We also distributed highly sophisticated machinery for absorbing the diesel fuel, which helped to avoid an even bigger catastrophe.
TIBA arranged for 37 metric tons divided into 42 pieces of cargo to be shipped via expedited air transport to Mexico City International Airport to be used in the rescue efforts.
Although firefighting operations culminated some 30 hours later, rescue operations continued for several days in order to secure the barrels of oil that were still aboard the tanker. TIBA continued to support and participate in the efforts to salvage the PEMEX product using its emergency protocols. TIBA’s readiness for this situation proved invaluable.