Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Port of Brisbane Closed in Chemical Emergency

Chemical leak causes complete shutdown
Shipping News Feature

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - A state of emergency was declared earlier today when a container of isopropylamine, a highly flammable chemical used in the production of herbicides, began to leak.

One man was taken to hospital after inhaling the noxious fumes and Queensland Police and Fire crews immediately ordered a 300 metre exclusion zone, effectively closing the Port and stopping all freight and transport activity.

The container reportedly started to leak when it was moved but appeared to stop when static and latest reports indicate that the exclusion zone has now been scaled back whilst Fire crews in protective gear investigate the best method of stopping further discharge, emptying the contents and neutralising the hazard.