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Aug 19

Rapid Spill Response Saves Lives

In early August a fuel tanker overturned in Tanzania near the town of Morogoro, some 200km west of Dar es Salaam. The truck overturned as it swerved to avoid a motorcycle, and within minutes a large crowd had gathered trying to siphon leaking petrol from the ruptured tank. Officials say an explosion was triggered when a man tried to retrieve the truck’s battery, creating sparks that ignited the fuel. The resulting flames swept through the area, killing and injuring members of the crowd, with the death toll having reached 85 victims to date.

This incident, along with similar ones in Nigeria and Niger during the past few months, illustrate the importance of rapid spill response to not only contain the spill area, preserve as much of the spilled product as possible and keep environmental damage to a minimum, but also to stop human tragedies like the one from above occurring. At Spill Tech we realise that every second counts when responding to a spill, and therefore have a streamlined, state-of-the-art system in place to ensure our trained responders reach the scene as quickly as possible.

Read more about the Tanzanian tanker incident here: