Coast Guard, local authorities complete cleanup of chemical spill in Port of Long Beach

The container ship, Harbour Bridge experienced a chemical spill in the Port of Long Beach, San Pedro, Calif., Aug. 6, 2017.

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The Unified Command completed the response to the spill of propyl acetate from the commercial container ship, Harbour Bridge, at Pier G Berth 232 in the Port of Long Beach, Sunday.

All Unified Command objectives, including clean-up and recovery operations on the vessel and the pier are complete. The spill occurred when a tank, containing 6,600 gallons of propyl acetate was punctured during loading operations. The chemical was mostly contained on the pier, but some residual recovered material reached the water.

The propyl acetate was transferred to storage tanks by Patriot Environmental Services. The storage tanks were segregated from other cargo and the chemical will be properly disposed at a later time. An injured firefighter and an injured longshoreman that went to the hospital were released with minor injuries.

The 12 exposed personnel were longshoremen, not crewmembers of the Harbour Bridge as initially reported. All exposed people were treated and released.

The Unified Command worked to ensure the safety and security of responders, maximize the protection of public health and welfare and conduct efforts to effectively contain, clean up, recover and dispose of spilled product.

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