Dangerous goods accident in port – corrosive substance spills

Barrels with a dangerous liquid spilled while loading a freighter in the port of Bremen. The police are investigating.

In an accident involving dangerous goods in the port of Bremen, four barrels containing a corrosive substance leaked. About 150 liters of potassium hydroxide polluted the soil and the water in the harbor basin, the police said on Monday.

The accident happened the day before when loading a freighter with the onboard crane. The barrels fell off a pallet. The substance dissolved immediately in the water. The captain had to deposit 2,000 euros as security.

The investigations are ongoing. Potassium hydroxide or caustic potash is used in the production of detergents, among other things.