Propane leaks from tank on cargo vessel after rough trip

Posted: Friday, March 17, 2000

KODIAK (AP) -- Rough seas tore a 9,000-gallon propane tank from its cradle on a cargo vessel and caused the tank to start leaking, according to the Coast Guard.

Workers began removing the propane from the tank Thursday afternoon, after moving a dozen other cargo containers on the 730-foot Sealand Kodiak to get access to the damaged tank.

The leak was discovered as the ship arrived in Kodiak. The Coast Guard and Kodiak firemen worked through the night to isolate the source of the leak.

Kodiak fire marshal Andy Nault said his crews stabilized the tank and then brought in gas detectors to monitor the air. No evacuation was ordered.

The damaged tank was on its way to Dutch Harbor.

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