Tanker crewmen treated for chemical exposure after line they were repairing broke

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:

(HOUSTON) — Two crewmembers of a tankship in the Galveston Fairway Anchorage were medevaced by a Coast Guard boat crew after the crewmembers had a chemical exposure Sunday.

The crew of the 478-foot Panamanian flagged Siva Rotterdam contacted the Coast Guard and reported exposure of two Indian crewmembers by contact and inhalation to less than 5 ounces of phenolSector Houston-Galveston watchstanders deployed a Station Galveston crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat — Medium, to recover the men.

They reported that the crewmen were attempting to repair or fix a frozen line containing the phenol. The line broke and sprayed one of the men causing a burn or burning feeling. The other man had inhalation exposure and was vomiting.

Hazardous Materials and EMS crews met the men at shore for possible decontamination and transfer to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City is investigating the incident.

No photos or video of the medevac are available.

By Professional Mariner Staff