Barge Carrying Salt Sinks Causing Environmental Concerns for Hamburg

The Port of Hamburg and emergency services are responding to the sinking of an inland barge this morning, February 6, while moored at one of the port’s terminals. Officials are reporting that there was no immediate environmental hazard but they are discussing the salvage of the vessel to prevent damage to the Elbe and surrounding area.

According to local media reports, the barge Alster was docked overnight at the Kalikai terminal. The vessel is approximately 263 feet (80 meters) long and was loaded with 1,400 tons of potassium chloride. The salt is commonly used in the production of fertilizer. The vessel also had 3,500 liters of diesel fuel aboard.

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