Tank container gas accident kills

An investigation is under way in Jordan after a tank container accident killed at least 13 people and injured hundreds more.  

Tank container incident kills 13 people

The incident happened on Monday 27 June as tank containers charged with chlorine gas were being loaded onto the MV Forest 6 at Port of Aqaba.  

One tank fell from a considerable height crashing onto the vessel and releasing a cloud of what is presumed to be chlorine gas.  

Images from CCTV show the moment when the tank dropped, followed by the gas release.  

It is too early to determine the reasons for the catastrophe. However, one line of inquiry should be why a sling system under the crane hook was used to lift the tanks, rather than a container spreader; the latter being considered much safer for handling any type of container.  

Bulk Distributor will provide updates to this story as and when we can.