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Apus

Name
Apus
Accident date
17/12/1998
Location
The Netherlands
Accident area
North Sea
Spill area
Offshore
Nature of pollutant
firelighters
Quantity spilled
2,100 boxes
Ship / structure type
(Ferry)

In 1998, the ferry Apus lost a container of 2,100 boxes of firelighters off the Dutch coast. These products contained substances that are harmful to human health and the environment: urea-formaldehyde and kerosene.

Recovery of firelighters grounded on the coastline required treatment of over several cubic metres of sand. Costs were reimbursed by the ship’s owner.

Source:

- Bonn Agreement, 1999, Chemical spills at sea: case studies, BONN 99/3/6-E

Last update: 13/08/2009