Petrobras tanker ran aground off the coast of Brazil yesterday,
after hitting underwater rocks, spilling highly inflammable naphtha into the ocean.
Brazil’s state oil group, Petrobras, said it was not clear how
much naphtha had actually leaked into the Paranagua Bay from the damaged hull.
However, officials estimated 7,000 people in and around the port were in the risk area.
Naphtha is an oil product lighter than gasoline used as raw material
for making plastics by the petrochemical industry.
Due to its high inflammability all air traffic about the port of Paranagua Bay was banned.
The tanker, Norma, had been carrying 22 million liters of naphtha in 5 compartments,
one of which was punctured.
According to Lloyds Casualty Reporting Service about 5 million liters of naphtha had leaked