Solvent leak at Long Beach injures 13

Solvent leak at Long Beach injures 13

Twelve dockworkers and a firefighter sustained minor injuries after a containership leaked a hazardous material in the Port of Long Beach yesterday.

The accident happened onboard the Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) controlled Harbour Bridge boxship.

A significant volume of propyl acetate, which is primarily used as a solvent, leaked into the waters of the Californian port. The leak has now been contained with local hazmat officials on the scene.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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