Prince Rupert Container Terminal Incident

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Incident Description

Incident Date July 11, 2018
Name Prince Rupert Container Terminal Incident 
Source Unknown at this time (July 12, 2018 - 8:40 am)
Nearest Community Prince Rupert, BC
Spilled Content Unknown at this time (July 12, 2018 - 8:40 am)
Who is involved? BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, DP World, GHD Environmental, Nucor Environmental Solutions, Prince Rupert Port Authority 


Response Phase Detail

The responsible person or spiller is legally required to clean-up or manage the clean-up of a spill. In incidents where the responsible person is unknown, unable or unwilling to manage the clean up, the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy (MOE) may assume the role. The updates below reflect the Ministry’s oversight of the spillers’ actions; details describe the spill response phase, only, and not the complete lifecycle of the spill. See More Information for other related reports. 

Updates are in reverse chronological order, with the most recent at the top. Industry-specific language may be explained in the Glossary of Terms (PDF).

Most Recent Update

July 12, 2018 - 8:45 am

Last night, Prince Rupert Container Terminal reported five employees were exposed to an unknown substance with a garlic odour. The employees were treated by paramedics. Their current condition is unknown. The terminal was shut down and personnel were evacuated. The rail corridor into the terminal was also shut down.

The Prince Rupert Port Authority called in a hazardous materials team from Vancouver last night (July 11, 2018) to investigate the situation. The responsible person, DP World, confirmed the hazardous materials team arrived on site last night at 6:00 pm to begin a site assessment. As of 10:00 pm last night, no further impacts were noted. 

The incident site was re-assessed this morning. The hazardous materials team did not receive any readings on their sensors and no other concerns were noted. Based upon the site assessment, the terminal was reopened to full operations at 8:00 am this morning. 

No further incident updates are expected. 

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