Cidade de São Mateus
On Wednesday 11 February at 12:50 local Brazilian time, an explosion occurred on Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit Cidade de São Mateus. The unit was operated for Petrobras by BW Offshore on the Camarupim and Camarupim Norte fields in Espirito Santo littoral approximately 120 km from the coast in south-eastern Brazil. During the tragic incident, nine of the 74 persons on-board lost their lives. After over three weeks of tireless effort by the recovery team of 30, the last of the bodies was recovered from the unit on 2 March, bringing to an end a terrible period of waiting for the families. A company-wide two minute silence was observed by all BW Offshore staff all over the globe on 4 March in memory of the colleagues they had lost. There has been ongoing logistical, medical, social and psychological support for the crew and their families. Production has been stopped and the unit has been shut down. BW Offshore management and Petrobras are working together to plan the reinstating of the unit and official investigations are underway.