Processing Ship No Longer Leaking Ammonia
Wednesday, July 11 2012
An ammonia leak on board the processing vessel Excellence has finally stopped. The leak started Friday afternoon while the ship was tied up at the Kloosterboer cold storage dock. The Excellence was towed to Wide Bay this weekend, and a Hazmat team has been monitoring the spill and venting the ammonia fumes since then. Coast Guard Lt. Jim Fothergill says the ship could be free of ammonia in the next 48 hours. At that point, a tug will tow the Excellence back to the Kloosterboer dock for repairs. The Coast Guard is still investigating the cause of the leak.