Fire on Stolt-Nielsen Barge at Uerdingen

Thursday, November 29, 2001
Stolt-Nielsen Transportation Group Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stolt-Nielsen S.A. reports that during the early morning of November 21, the crew of the SNTG Motor Tank Barge, Stolt Rotter dam discharging nitric acid at Bayer Uerdingen near Cologne on the River Rhine noticed fumes coming from the double bottom of the barge. The local authorities and fire department were alerted immediately.

The captain and crew coordinated their emergency response with shore personnel and the emergency authorities. The crew was evacuated as a result of an engine room fire caused by nitric acid leaking from one of the ship’s tanks containing 270m3 of product. As a safety measure, the barge was lowered to the river bottom. The local emergency response team is now in charge and are controlling and coordinating the response to the incident. There are no reports of injuries to any personnel or persons in the vicinity.

According to the local emergency response team, nitric acid has leaked into the river and has immediately been diluted due to the strong current in the river, minimizing damage to the environment. The fumes from the incident are understood to be evaporating rapidly and the concentration is below the allowed safety level. Residents of the immediate area have been alerted by the authorities.

The ship was loaded with 1,352m3 of nitric acid. The barge Stolt Main is presently on stand-by in Uerdingen and the Stolt Hoechst is on its way to give assistance, if required.

Maritime Reporter April 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Cashman Continues to Expand US Northeast Barge Fleet

Cashman Equipment Corp. announced the continuing expansion of its U.S. Northeast barge and crane fleet for the marine construction market.   Over the past year,

IMO Forum Aims to Rebuild Somalia's Maritime Sector

A three-day Stakeholders Forum will be held April 27-29 to review draft guidelines for the establishment of a Somalia Maritime Administration, coordinated and funded

AAPA Elects Quinn as Chairman of the Board

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) elected Jim Quinn, president and CEO of New Brunswick, Canada’s Port Saint John, to serve as the international

Contracts

Horizon Delivers Second 80’ Towboat to FMT

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. announced the delivery of another 80’ Inland River Towboat, the M/V Chip Stiebing, to Florida Marine Transporters (FMT) of Mandeville, La.

SFL Acquires Eight Bulk Carriers from Golden Ocean

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) has entered an agreement to acquire eight Capesize dry-bulk carriers from subsidiaries of Golden Ocean Group Limited, the company announced today.

Northrop Grumman Navigation Systems for Canadian Navy

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Sperry Marine business unit has been selected to design and supply gyrocompass navigation systems for 12  Kingston Class coastal

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Pod Propulsion Ship Electronics Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2215 sec (5 req/sec)