Back in September, the chemical tanker Stolt Groenland experienced a massive explosion in Ulsan, South Korea. This clip was taken by the dashcam video of a vehicle parked rather too close to the big bang.
An initial investigation has revealed it was caused by a chemical reaction.
According to the MAIB’s interim report, released today, the explosion occurred due to the sudden build-up of pressure in the Stolt Groenland’s number 9 cargo tank containing styrene monomer, a highly flammable chemical used in the making of plastics, paints and synthetic rubber. The resulting explosions and fireball could be seen and heard for miles, and passed very close to a road bridge above where the Stolt Groenland was moored.
Amazingly, only relatively minor injuries were sustained by crew members of the vessels and emergency responders. Damage to the Stolt Groenland’s cargo manifold and accommodation block, however, were extensive.
There’s more at the link.
I’m glad I wasn’t driving across the nearby freeway bridge when the ship went boom! Here’s what it looked like from that perspective.
Yep . . . definitely glad I wasn’t near that one! I wonder if there’ll be any long-term effects on the ship’s crew and/or emergency response personnel after exposure to that stuff?