Explosion On Boat In Brooklyn Carrying Ethanol

(Sunday, January 10th, 2010 12:04 PM)

000.JPG12:00PM EST: A pressure explosion occurred aboard the tanker “Sichem Defiance” approximately one mile off of Ceasers Bay, Brooklyn Sunday morning. The tanker is carrying 41,000 barrels of ethanol; the explosion occurred at approximately 9:00AM, when the #3 and #4 cargo holds collapsed, causing oxygen to enter the ethanol storage space.

No injuries were reported – the entire crew is accounted for and currently inside the ship’s pilot house.┬áThere was no resulting fire or fluid leakage into the surrounding water. The Coast Guard is on scene with multiple boats and a chopper is hovering above the vessel.

Dozens of NYPD and FDNY units are on the scene, including various special units used in emergencies such as these.

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The Coast Guard has established a security zone around the vessel.

There is reportedly 18 people aboard the boat, and officials are working on evacuating them.

(Eli Gefen / YWN-160 / YWN-161)

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  1. Flatbush Bubby says:

    And this is the wonderful ethanol that we are paying huge subsidies for? It sounds more volatile than standard gasoline.

  2. A600KiloBear says:


    You want we should make kiddush on standard gasoline? (ethanol=mashke)

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