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Ever Decent/Norwegian Dream

Ever Decent/Norwegian Dream
Accident date
Great Britain
Accident area
Off Dover, England
Spill area
Cause of spill
Nature of pollutant
Cyanide, organic lead and pesticides
Ship / structure type
Container ship
Built date

On 28 August 1999, the contain ship Ever Decent collided with the ocean liner Norwegian Dream off Dover (England). Listing badly after the collision, the Ever Decent, which was carryingcyanide, organic lead and pesticides, lost some containers overboard and others on deck caught fire with the risk of both explosion and toxic pollution.
 It appeared that the missing containers were eventually confirmed to contain non-hazardous substances. However the containers on fire on the deck were giving off toxic fumes. A fire-fighting crew was sent out to extinguish the fire and all operations were carried out in very careful conditions.

The presence of toxic gases was monitored to ensure the safety of the fire-fighting crew.
 After surveys, the vessel was found fit to sail to Zeebrugge (Belgium) for repairs.


Sources :

Last update on 13/08/2009

See also

Containers and packages lost at sea, Cedre operational guide

External links

Lead, Material Safety Data Sheet

Video of the accident, Maritime and Coastguard Agency web site

CIIMAR database:  fate and weathering of Hazardous and Noxious Substances (HNS) involved

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