The "Great America" ​​carried 1,050 tons of dangerous goods

The Atlantic Maritime Prefecture has published an inventory of the ship's cargo that sank on March 12th.


A fire broke out onboard the "Great America", which sank on March 12th. AP

The Italian ship Grande-America , which sank on March 12, contained 1,050 tons of hazardous materials, according to the detailed inventory of the cargo released Thursday, March 21 by the Maritime Prefecture of the Atlantic.

The detailed list of the load was communicated to five environmental associations during a meeting in Brest with the maritime prefect of the Atlantic, before being published on the Internet. The day after the sinking, the prefecture (Premar) had prepared a first inventory, speaking of 365 containers, 45 listed as containing hazardous materials.

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2,100 vehicles, 190 tons of diesel

Among the dangerous goods, according to the IMDG international maritime code, the vessel contained:

  • 62 tons of resin,
  • 16 tons of turpentine substitute (White Spirit),
  • 720 tonnes of hydrochloric acid,
  • 25 tons of fungicides,
  • 9 tons of aerosol.

Among the substances considered as not dangerous: 5 containers of lubricants, 2 tons of tires, 18 tons of fertilizer or 24 containers of steel.

Of the 2,100 vehicles transported, the load contained 190 trucks, 22 buses or 64 construction machines.

On the fuel side, in addition to the 2,200 tonnes of heavy fuel oil already listed, the Great-America transported 190 tonnes of marine diesel and 70,000 liters of oil.

"Everything is disturbing in this inventory"

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"Concerning the cargo, additional information was requested from Grimaldi Group [the shipowner], " Prémar said in a statement.

According to Jacky Bonnemains, of the Robin des Bois Association, present at the meeting, "this is the first time in the history of maritime accidentology that such a detailed inventory is made public" .

"Everything is worrying in this inventory, both hazardous and non-hazardous goods, probably with computers, automotive spare parts, even a highly explosive hydrogen vehicle (in contact with the air) and we have 55 containers of which we ignore the content. "

Nicolas Tamic, Cedre, Center for Documentation, Research and Experiments
specialized in the accidental pollution of water, was reassuring, remembering in particular that the acid, "dipped in a liquid element and especially in as much water is diluted . " About the 2,100 vehicles, he recalls that "many things (...) are neutralized by the marine environment, as asbestos" . "We are in an area where there are very, very few currents and in full in a big anticyclonic bubble. So we do not have wind, so the pollution stays in place, but it is not easy to catch because it is fragmented . "

Great-America sank on March 12, 333 km west of La Rochelle by 4,600 meters bottom after a violent fire. Its 27 occupants were rescued.

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