105 children poisoned by a toxic leak from boxship Pearl River Bridge, Laem Chabang
105 children from nearby schools and a nursery centre were taken to hospitals after inhaling toxic chemical which leaked from damaged tank container or containers, offloaded in Laem Chabang container terminal from a HK-flagged boxship Pearl River Bridge on July 17. Reportedly, one of the containers fell on the deck while being transferred by a crane, with ensuing leak of butyl acrylate, a clear colourless liquid with a fruity odour. It is used in paint, coatings, and adhesive manufacturing as well as in a wide range of other industrial products. People who are exposed to the chemical can develop eye and body irritation. If ingested in large volumes, the chemical can cause disorders in the lungs and reproductive organs. There’s no danger to the children, the chemical would later be discharged naturally through urination, so they’ll soon recover, said doctor who’s treating them.
The vessel was moved to an anchorage for clearing up the leak.