A massive fire that erupted on an oil tanker in the Gulf of Mexico forced 31 crew members to evacuate the state-owned Pemex vessel, with emergency services continuing with efforts to extinguish the blaze. The fire broke out on the Burgos tanker on Saturday as a result of an explosion, the cause of which is unknown, and engulfed the vessel,

sending dark clouds of smoke into the air. The tanker was carrying 80,000 barrels of diesel, 71,000 of gasoline and 16,000 barrels of desulfurized gasoline, according to Mexico’s communications and transport ministry. It has a capacity to carry 270,000 barrels. Burgos was about eight miles off the coast of Boca del Rio in Veracruz, where it remains, according to Marine Traffic. READ MORE