Oil Tanker Explodes – level 3

Oil Tanker Explodes – level 3

30-09-2016 15:00

On Saturday, there was an explosion on a Mexican oil tanker. About 15 or 20 minutes later, lifeboats came down from the tanker and the crew was evacuated.

The tanker, called Burgos, belongs to the Mexican state oil company Pemex. The blaze broke out about 13 kilometres from the port city of Boca del Rio in the Gulf of Mexico.

The fire follows a series of other mishaps at Pemex, which now is coping with major losses. The company says the cause of the fire is not known, but that all of the crew is safe.

Difficult words: blaze (a fire), mishap (an accident), cope (deal with, manage).

You can watch the video news lower on this page.

What do you think about this news?

How to improve your English with News in Levels:



  1. Read all today's articles and translate all words which you don't understand.
  2. Read the articles from the day before and see if you remember all new words.


  1. Listen to all today's news.
  2. Stop the video after every sentence and repeat the sentence.
  3. Repeat point 2 for the news which you listened to the day before.


  1. Answer the questions under today's news and write them into the comments.
  2. Chat in the  Chat room for at least 2 minutes. You can write about today's news.


  1. Choose one person from the SKYPE section.
  2. You can talk about today’s news or you can answer questions from  http://www.newsinlevels.com/questions/
If you want to know how to learn English effectively, please visit www.englishrestart.com.

1) Watch this video about News in Levels

2) Practice your English every day for free!

We will send you articles from News in Levels every day to your email. You can stop them at any time.