- Nov 21, 2007
It was still something called 'spontaneous combustibles' which began burning onboard.Check that. It is the ship/containers on fire not the containers in the water.
The chemical is potassium amyl xanthate. This chemical is used in flotation process for separating minerals. Pretty benign stuff as industrial chemicals go. It is quite biodegradable and is soluble in water. In fact water is a well known and completely approved fire suppression substance in fires involving this substance. See the Canadian Material Safety Data Sheet - rptNewMSDS (reviewboard.ca).It was still something called 'spontaneous combustibles' which began burning onboard.
From the King5 story;
According to officials, at least two of the containers that caught fire contain hazardous materials identified as potassium amylxanthate.
Because of the chemicals in the containers, first responders were unable to apply water directly to the flames.
It is called a "Bomb Cyclone"Why not call it what it really is? An extra-tropical cyclone.
I live in southeastern VA and the outer banks of NC are just south of us.Wonder what was in the 10 containers that caught fire and could the fire have been prevented by eliminating those reactive items? I hope the 40 containers that went overboard can be retrieved before they become partially submerged floating barriers for a boat to hit. 35 were reported as floating so where are the remaining 5 containers..........sunk?
Well one of them miscounted or at least misreported. Acutely one would have thought the ship's captain would provide an accurate number. The good news is the "Fire's Out!".Nothing coming from the Government, any Government, should be believed. Politicians have perfected lying and lying is their first response to any crisis. Then there is the media...