A cargo ship sailing through the Atlantic Ocean has captured the imagination of many, but few people seem to have a problem with the fact that its carrying some of the world’s most dangerous chemicals.
The ship, the MV Maersk Tigris, made headlines last year when it was seized by the US Coast Guard off the coast of Florida, carrying about 2,300 tons of the potentially explosive chemicals known as methylene chloride (MCH), a highly toxic chemical used in some industrial processes.
The chemicals were shipped from India by a US company, which was later found to be in breach of the terms of its export deal with India, the US Federal Trade Commission said in a ruling in December.MCH is a major chemical used to make plastics, but the chemicals have been linked to illnesses in humans.
The US Coast Guardship was investigating a complaint about methylene, a chemical found in plastics, when it seized the ship.
The vessel was in the port of St. Petersburg, about 45 kilometres from St Petersburg, when the incident occurred.
“As soon as the vessel came into port, it was notified that they had an incident with a cargo ship and the ship was being taken to the Coast Guard,” Coast Guard Lt.
Col. Brian Gresham told Al Jazeera.
“We were able to locate the cargo ship in the St. Pete area, where it was flagged.
It’s a very dangerous area, and it’s been in that area for quite some time.”
Gresham said the Coast Guards was trying to track down the ship and take it into custody.
Methane is highly poisonous.
It has the potential to cause respiratory problems, heart attacks and kidney failure.
The MCH is used to manufacture polymers, such as polystyrene, a material used in flexible plastics used in buildings and cars.
The chemicals are highly toxic to humans, and they have been detected in human blood and urine in concentrations of between 30 and 1,000 parts per billion (ppb), according to a 2016 report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The chemicals were also detected in the blood and body of two people who died in India last year.
Two years ago, another ship was seized in the Gulf of Aden off the southern coast of Somalia.
That vessel was found to have traces of methylene and methylene diamine, which can be absorbed into the bloodstream and cause serious illness.
The use of MCH in the manufacture of plastic is regulated by the International Maritime Organization, which is the world body that regulates the export of goods.
The rules for international trade in plastic products are set by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which includes China.
China has been heavily criticised for using methylene in the production of plastic for decades.
The chemical was banned from the market in 1986, but its use continues to be widespread, with the use of the chemicals in industrial processes including plastics and glass.
The OECD also sets guidelines for the manufacture and use of plastic products.
The EU is one of the few countries that does not have a ban on the import of methylamphetamine, an amphetamine stimulant.
The International Maritime Organisation also does not recognise the use or manufacture of methylchloroform (MCL), a toxic chemical found naturally in the sea.MCL is a dangerous compound because it has a high melting point, which it can dissolve in water and form a gas with the same boiling point as chlorine gas.
It is also a highly flammable gas, and is highly flaring when it burns.
Methylchloroethylene (MCD), a chemical similar to methylene but less toxic, has also been used in industrial processing.
In addition to its toxic nature, MCD can react with other chemicals in the environment, leading to releases of toxic substances, including ammonia, nitrous oxide and carbon monoxide.MCD is also known to be dangerous to humans who are exposed to it.MECHA, a US-based non-profit environmental group, estimates that up to 30,000 tonnes of MCD have been shipped to the US annually.
“If there’s a company that can’t control it, there’s going to be a lot of problems, and MCH, for example, is very dangerous, MECHA said.”
The problem is that there are no laws in place to protect the people who live in the affected areas, and we are not getting a full picture on the impact on the environment.
“China, a major producer of MCL, has been criticised by the OECD for its lack of regulation and for the use and production of methyl chloroform in the manufacturing of plastic.
It has a national programme to ban MCL in its industries.
China has also banned the use, production and use in manufacturing of methylethyl chloride (MDC), another compound similar to MCL.MDC is an industrial solvent and is a component in many plastic products, including in the plastics used to fabricate the polystyren