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Industrial spill at Napier Port contained

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/12/2016

An area of Napier Port has been cleaned up after a chemical spill.

A small amount of sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda, was found outside a container at the port about 8.20am on Saturday, a Fire Service spokesman says.

There was no danger to the public because the spill was in a secure area of the port.

Napier Port said it continued to operate as normal outside the exclusion zone.

"A white substance found on the exterior of four containers unloaded from a ship this morning was confirmed to be a small quantity of sodium hydroxide, a corrosive and potentially flammable chemical," a spokesman says.

The four affected containers were isolated and decontaminated, while a fifth container, the source of the leak, was made safe.

The source container remains inside an exclusion zone at the port.

The decontamination did not present any risk to marine life.

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