FishUpdate.com, October 30, 2006
FISHING vessels, and other shipping, have finally been allowed back into the Humber Estuary, following a potentially dangerous chemical leak from a factory on the Humber Bank, near Grimsby.
Humber Coastguard vessels halted all shipping as a precaution for a number of hours, until the gas had cleared. The chemical leak in a pipe was sealed by staff at the Stallingborough plant, while firefighters stood by, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said.
The fire fighters waited while engineers from the plant successfully sealed the leak. No-one was injured in the incident, which was first reported in the early hours of Saturday morning, the Coastguard said.
The incident is not thought likely to affect the arrival of Icelandic fish containers, vital to providing supplies to the two Humber fish markets.
Last week supplies of fish to the region were badly disrupted when the normal container ship deliveries were delayed by exceptionally bad weather.
The Humber Bank has one of the heaviest concentrations of chemical plants in the country, close to many of the major Grimsby fish processing plants. This has long been a been a source of concern for the local food industry.
Over a decade ago, the food and fish processing industry successfully joined local people in fighting off a plan to establish a nuclear waste dump on the Humber Bank, claiming companies would relocate to other parts of the country.
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