Chemical tanker founders in English Channel


Noel F. Jones

The chemical tanker Ece is reported to have foundered after colliding with another vessel midway between Guernsey and Brixham.

All crew are reported safe.

Here is an interim report:

She was carrying phosphoric acid (which I know as a rust remover but shipping in these quantities suggests it may have other industrial uses). It is soluble in water and should not pose a major pollution problem. It should certainly send down the pH locally!

Further to the above here is a write-up on industrial phosphoric acid:

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