Thank you to everyone for your efforts in handling the emergency yesterday. The prompt and efficient action of our staff, port personnel and the emergency services was appreciated.
The Fire Service have been on-site this morning to carry out air quality readings. These have all come back clear.
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) are on-site this morning to commence the investigation process.
A plan is currently being formulated to transfer the two drums of aluminium phosphide from the storage point out of the port for safe disposal.
The five crewmen from on board the vessel that were taken to hospital for monitoring were cleared and discharged last night.
The Board of Directors pass on their thanks to all personnel for the way in which the emergency was handled.
Investigations and an incident de-brief will be carried out over the next few days.
At 1930hrs the all clear was given and the port has opened for normal operations.
The incident involved a drum of aluminum phosphide which has been removed from the vessel to safe storage and there is no further risk to personnel.
We are advised that there is a very remote chance that personnel onsite during the incident may suffer consequences from the vapor that was released.
Symptoms of inhalation may include a dry mouth, cough and nausea, potential muscle pain, headaches, dizziness and chest pain. If there are health concerns overnight, we advise that you attend the emergency department at the hospital.
Thank you for the manner in which you responded to the emergency and for meeting the requirements as they arose. We will provide further update tomorrow.