Grande America: Inventory of Hazardous and Other Materials

21 Mar 2019

Grande America, press release n°8

Following Robin des Bois’ letter to the Secretary-General for the Sea requesting communication of the list of hazardous and non-hazardous materials loaded on the Grande America, a meeting was held today in Brest at the Atlantic Maritime Prefecture. Below is the list provided by the authorities, which includes more than 1,050 tons of hazardous materials.

Robin des Bois thanks the Atlantic Maritime Prefecture and the Secretary-General for the Sea for releasing this manifest, which is a first in the history of world maritime accidents.



The comments in brackets are from Robin des Bois

Dangerous goods, according to International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG), and estimated quantity (tons):
720 tons of hydrochloric acid
85 tons of sodium hydrosulfide [Used, for example, to precipitate heavy metals, for the tanning of hides and as a bleaching agent. Very toxic to aquatic organisms.]
82 tons of sulfuric acid
62 tons of resin solutions
25 tons of prothioconazole [Fungicide. Very toxic to aquatic organisms, causes long-term adverse effects.]
16 tons of White Spirit
15 tons of firelighters
14 tons of zinc phosphate
9 tons of chlorinated alkane C14-C17 aerosols [Chlorinated paraffin. Very toxic to aquatic organisms, may cause long-term adverse effects.]
7.5 tons of fuel cell vehicles
7.2 tons of perfume products
5.3 tons of 5-chloro-2-methyl-2H-isothiazol-3-one + 2-methyl-2H-isothiazol-3-one [Biocide. Very toxic to aquatic organisms, causes long-term adverse effects.]
2.2 tons of polyether siloxane [Polymerization agent used for instance in the cosmetics industry.]
0.04 tons of isododecane
0.02 tons of dimethicone isododecane
0.02 tons of ethanol
0.009 tons of aerosols
0.003 tons of pressurized helium

Non-dangerous goods (as defined by IMDG) in containers:
Paper: 62 containers
General cargo: 55 containers
Food: 45 containers
Steel: 24 containers
Non-hazardous chemicals: 23 containers
Fertilizer: 18 containers
Cars: 10 containers
Wood: 10 containers
Starch: 8 containers
Machines: 8 containers
Cereals: 7 containers
Resin: 7 containers
Spare Parts: 7 containers
Carpets: 5 containers
Lubricants: 5 containers
Metals and Alloys: 4 containers
Recycling: 4 containers
“Personal Effects”: 4 containers
Glass: 3 containers
Animal Food: 3 containers
Beer: 2 containers
Tires: 2 containers
Tissues and Toilet Paper: 1 container
Empty Boxes: 1 container
Boats/Spare Parts: 1 container
Polyester Fibers: 1 container
“The contents of these containers will be analyzed in more detail by the maritime prefecture”

2,100 Vehicles:
1,779 light vehicles: 1,212 new and 567 used
42 used commercial vehicles
3 used camper vans
64 construction machinery: 44 new and 20 used
22 buses: 20 new and 2 used
190 trucks: 43 new and 147 used
“Also note 370 bulk packages”

Bunker Condition:
190 tons of MGO (marine diesel)
2,200 tons of IFO 380 (intermediate fuel oil)
70,000 liters of oil


See previous press releases on the Grande America:
South of Brittany: Grande America ablaze. March 11, 2019
The sinking of Grande America. March 12, 2019
The Grande America in the spotlight. March 15, 2019
The Grande America: Grimaldi Lines took too much acid. March 15, 2019
The Grande America: Safety First. March 18, 2019
Grimaldi’s “Grande” pending departure and arrival in Le Havre. March 18, 2019
The Grande America – request for lifting doubts regarding sealed radioactive sources. March 19, 2019




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