HAZMAT – Asia – China

EDIS Number: HZ-20120405-34775-CHN
Date / time: 05/04/2012 06:03:59 [UTC]
Area: Asia
Country: China
State/County: Shanghai Municipality
Location: Shanghai [Yangshan (Deep-water) Port, Hangzhou Bay]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate


A minor toxic chemical leak from a Danish container ship at Yangshan Deep-water Port has been controlled while no pollution has harmed the waters, following three days of emergency response and cleanup work, Shanghai authorities said Wednesday. The furfuryl alcohol leak from Susan Maersk was reported shortly before 9 pm on Sunday, Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration said. "The leak occurred at a rate of 1 to 2 drops per minute," Huang Yongchang, a press officer for the maritime safety department of Yangshan Deep-water Port, told the Global Times Wednesday. "But, it only affected the docks; the waters were not polluted at all." Cleanup work resumed on the docks after the container ship was removed Tuesday, after which final checks and monitoring of the situation showed that safety risks had been removed, he added. Furfuryl alcohol has a medium-level toxicity classification in China. The cause of the leak is still under investigation.

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