12:00pm, 17 December 2016

The Fire Service is on-site at Napier Port, after a white substance was identified on the exterior of four containers unloaded from a ship this morning. The substance is suspected to be a small quantity of sodium hydroxide, a corrosive and potentially flammable chemical.

An exclusion zone has been put in place within the port. The Hazardous Substances Unit is onsite and the Fire Service is working to confirm whether the chemical is sodium hydroxide, prior to decontaminating the affected containers in a bunded area. 

Napier Port is well-prepared for such events and we are following the stringent protocols in place for managing chemical leaks. There is no risk to personnel or the public, and operations have resumed as normal outside the exclusion zone. 

The containers have been placed well away from the harbour and there is no threat to marine life.

The incident is well under control but may take several hours to resolve. Napier Port will provide updates at and on our Facebook page as the clean-up progresses. 

This incident follows a previous chemical leak on 22 November, when a drum containing methyl ethyl ketone arrived at Napier Port in a damaged condition.


For media enquiries:

Breanna Cullen

(06) 833 4685

027 406 2529