Thursday, August 16, 2007

Port Gas Leak Fixed

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Thu, Aug 16, 2007 at 5:08 AM

Still in the throes of 10th anniversary coverage. Here's the release:

The South Carolina State Ports Authority’s North Charleston Terminal has reopened for business as usual after a specialty response team successfully stabilized a chemical shipment early Thursday morning.

Normal business operations at the terminal will resume at 7 a.m. and ship operations are expected to resume later today.

Beginning last night around 8:30 p.m., fittings on several of the six cylinders were tightened and pressure in the tanks was equalized, allowing the sled to safely depart the terminal at about 3:30 a.m. on Thursday.

The coordinated response included various agencies and companies, including the North Charleston Fire Department, the U.S. Coast Guard, SCDHEC, the cylinder and product manufacturer, as well as a private environmental response unit.

Emergency responders remained on scene and precautions remained in place to protect health and the environment throughout the response.  There were no reports of any injuries or environmental or marine pollution throughout the incident.

The material, a refrigerant in its current form, was initially destined for Europe.  Known as difluoroethylene, the chemical is also used in the production of insulated wiring for commercial and military aviation applications.  It was being shipped in six cylinders attached to a 40-foot-long frame.

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