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Fire on board and sinking of liftboat Mako

The National Transportation Safety Board of the United States (US NTSB) has published the following safety flash regarding the US-registered liftboat Mako, which caught fire while supporting oil drilling operations about 6 miles off the coast of Nigeria. No one on board was injured, but the Mako was a total loss in the accident.

The safety flash can be downloaded from

Safety Event

Published: 23 September 2013
Download: IMCA SF 15/13

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