Gas leak forces closure of Houston Ship Channel
The Coast Guard says ammonia that leaked from a vessel forced the closure of the Houston Ship Channel and nearby bridges while sending four workers to a hospital. Coast Guard officials said in a release that the tanker Sombeke was docked at the Houston Ammonia Terminal on Friday evening when a gasket blew and anhydrous ammonia leaked. The tugboat Trigger was refueling the Sombeke when the leak occurred and four of its crewmembers were exposed and required hospitalization. The closure of the channel as well as the Interstate 610 and Beltway 8 bridges lasted about 90 minutes. Authorities had alerted nearby residents to remain in their homes. A hazardous materials team determined the leak was "minor." Anhydrous ammonia is a pungent gas that's used as a fertilizer.
Ammonia leak from LPG tanker Sombeke, four crewmembers hurt
USCG reported anhydrous ammonia leak from an LPG tanker Sombeke during cargo operation at the Houston Ammonia Terminal in Houston Ship Channel on July 25. “It was reported that the Sombeke was in the initial cool down phase, preparing to transfer, at the Houston Ammonia Terminal, when a gasket blew and an unknown amount of the anhydrous ammonia was released.” – said officials. Tug Trigger was engaged in Sombeke bunkering at a time of an accident, four crewmembers were exposed to the chemical, and have been hospitalized. Anhydrous ammonia is a colorless, highly irritating gas with a sharp, suffocating odor. Source: news.odin.tcUpload News