Anhydrous ammonia leak from LPG tanker Sombeke, Houston

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.

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