|Subject||LPG Leaks Shuts Southampton
|Writer||Lee Min Jung
Wednesday, 18 October 2006
<br />THE UK port of Southampton was returning to normal this morning after a propane leak during the loading of a <br> Hong Kong-registered LPG carrier, the Ennerdale. Shipping was prevented from entering or leaving the port for<br> several hours due to a gas cloud which eventually blew out sea. The UK's Marine Accident Investigation Branch<br> (MAIB) is launching an investigation in to the accident on the 1997-built, 4,227 gt ship in which one person received<br> minor injuries. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) plans to send a surveyor on board this afternoon<br> once it is safe to do so.
<br />By mid-morning Wednesday an exclusion zone of 400 metres was in operation around the ship berthed at Esso-<br>operated Fawley, the UK's largest oil refinery, allowing vessels to pass through the main channel up Southampton<br> Water.
<br />A statement said: “The Solent's marine response plan, known as Solfire, was immediately initiated at Associated <br>British Ports, Port of Southampton, VTS Centre, to manage the incident. The agencies involved have been<br> continuallyundertaking assessments to ensure the safety of the members of the public and the refinery. As a <br> precaution, an exclusion zone has been set up by the harbour authority and Hampshire Police to stop shipping<br> passing the area of incident in Southampton Water. “