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Napier Port chemical leak under control
A chemical leak which closed part of Napier Port earlier today, Dec. 17, has now been contained. Inspectors found a small amount of sodium hydroxide, a corrosive and potentially flammable chemical, on the outside of four containers unloaded from a ship this morning. The port was closed after the spill was discovered and the fire service was called in to decontaminate the scene. Three fire trucks, along with a combined hazardous materials unit and command centre were sent to the port at 8.20am. Fire Service spokesman Mike Wanoa said there was no danger to the public because a secure area of the port was blocked off. Fire crews had decontaminated the area by 3pm, isolating the four containers and repairing a fifth container - believed to be the source of the leak. The source container remained cordoned off.
Hazardous solvent spill at Napier Port
The cleanup of a hazardous chemical spill at Napier Port on Tuesday is still under way. The leak came from a container of methyl ethyl ketone, which is classified as a hazardous substance and used as a solvent. The Fire Service has put a 100-metre exclusion zone around the container after it was notified of the leak on Tuesday morning. It oversaw the opening of the container earlier in the day, allowing fumes from the leaking drum to dissipate. Fire crews were still working in the afternoon to remove the undamaged drums from the container and wash them down. The damaged drum will be taken to a hazardous goods storage facility. http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/86725646/unknown-chemical-spill-at-napier-port
Dredging under way
Tonnes of sand on the sea floor below the shipping channel into Napier Port will be dredged in the next fortnight by a specialist ship. The MV Pelican, described as a trailer suction dredge, began working in the harbour on Friday and is expected to operate up to 24 hours a day, moving sand from the harbour entrance. The 62m-long Timaru-based dredge is moving the sand to an area about 500m from shore near Bay View and Westshore. Westshore resident Larry Dallimore, a long-time campaigner for the health of the region's coastlines, welcomed the dredging, saying the sand being moved west from the port would help replenish the erosion-plagued Bay View and Westshore beaches. Mr Dallimore has been lobbying Napier City Council to come up with a solution to the erosion issue for years. "This is not a fix but ratepayers will be grateful for this corporate responsibility from the port," he said. Regional harbourmaster Phil Norman has warned all vessels in the harbour to keep clear of the dredge at all times. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=11473480Upload News