Chemical Leaks from Container on Board RoRo in Zeebrugge

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A chemical has leaked from a container carried on board Finnish Ro-Ro M/S Mistral at the Port of Zeebrugge, Belgium, in the afternoon of October 29.

“We can confirm that one of the containers on board M/S Mistral leaked a substance. The container was immediately removed from the ship and intervention teams were present instantly. The contents of the container was pumped into another container. The situation was solved safely and quickly,” spokesperson of the Port of Zeebrugge told World Maritime News.

Local media said that the fire department was dispatched immediately to the scene and that dockers were evacuated from the site as a safety precaution.

“All cargo operations were stopped, it is not clear yet what kind of chemicals leaked, nor the volume,” the Hungarian National Association of Radio Distress-Signalling and Infocommunications (RSOE) informed.

Mistral, built in 1999, is owned by Godby Shipping and chartered to P&O Ferries. The RoRo is deployed on P&O’s liner traffic between the United Kingdom and Belgium.

World Maritime News Staff

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