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

People & Company News

Kongsberg Expands Louisiana Office, Training Facility

Kongsberg Maritime has purchased approximately 5.2 acres for new construction on an 82,980 sq ft office and training facility. Construction on the James Business

HII Acquires Engineering Solutions Division

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has acquired the Engineering Solutions Division of The Columbia Group, a designer and builder of unmanned underwater vehicles

Sjo Resigns from Polarcus Board of Directors

Polarcus Limited announced that Hege Sjo will resign from its board of directors effective February 2, 2015.   Sjo has accepted an appointment as Deputy Director

Contracts

Imabari to Build 20,000TEU Containerships

Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. announced it has secured newbuild orders with the cooperation of Marubeni Corporation for 11 units of 20,000TEU Ultra-Large Container Carriers,

New Survey Vessel Ordered for the Port of London

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has ordered a new purpose-built survey catamaran, a CTruk MPC19, due to enter service on the river Thames later this year.   The

NAO Secures PSV Contracts with Oil Major

Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NAO) informs that it has secured platform supply vessel (PSV) contracts with a major oil company.   NAO’s two new contracts with are for four months firm periods,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Ship Simulators
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | 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: 0.1343 sec (7 req/sec)