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Texas | 1998-Nov-18

Initial Notification: At approximately 1700 hrs on 18 Nov., MSO Houston requested assistance with a chemical incident aboard a container ship. An accident occurred while a pallet of materials was being lowered into the engine room. Chemicals were spilled. One crewman became ill. At total of 26 crewmen and longshoremen were sent to the hospital as a precaution. The chemicals initially reported were such items as carbon remover (UN2810), dry control (UN1903), brake cleaner (UN1202), and various detergents with names like ecoclean. Apparently, these were engine room supplies. The area was evacuated and the ventilation system left on. USCG district 8.

Incident Details
Products of concern:hydrochloric acid, sodium hydroxide
Latitude (approximate): 29° 44.57′ North
Longitude (approximate): 95° 16.90′ West