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Puerto Rican

Nom
Puerto Rican
Date de l'accident
31/10/1984
Lieu
USA
Zone du naufrage
Pacific Ocean, 8 miles west of Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay
Zone du déversement
Port/harbour
Cause de l'accident
Explosion
Produit transporté
caustic soda
Nature polluant
caustic soda
Type de navire / structure
Longueur
0
Largeur
0
Tirant d'eau
0
Pavillon
USA

The chemical tanker Puerto Rican was devastated in October 1984 by several explosions and fires in one of her empty central tanks and in the adjacent lateral tanks. Caustic soda infiltrated into an empty adjacent tank through a small hole in one of the tank walls.

The caustic soda reacted with the epoxy coating, rich in zinc, on the tank walls and the structure of the empty tank, releasing hydrogen. This gas ignited, due to contact between metals or an electrostatic discharge. Four days after the explosion, the vessel’s stern broke off and sank.

In the incident, two people were seriously injured and one was reported missing, presumed dead..

See also

Sodium hydroxyde, Chemical Response Guide

Last update on 29/06/2011

See also

Sodium hydroxyde, Chemical Response Guide

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