Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Acid Rhine ...

It seems that the sunken tanker still stuck on the Loreley is in danger of breaking up. The emptying of the tanks has had to slow down as the barge is now 'bent like a banana' and threatening to split. In a wide consultation it has now been decided to flush some of the acid directly into the river.

Doing this at a controlled rate means it will be quickly diluted to below harmful levels - and probably a bit of 'reaction' with some of the minerals, mud etc., the river carries - and the salvors hope this will speed up the recovery. The danger, of course, if she breaks up before they can empty the tanks completely is that the acid will not be dispersed effectively. This is what they hope to prevent now with the slow small scale releases.

I wonder how many people know that the most reliable guide to a nations industrial activity and success is the amount of Sulphuric Acid it consumes? Come to that, I wonder how many people realise that most of those juggernaut tankers hurtling around the motorways and autobahns aren't carrying fuel? You got it, a very large number are full of high concentration Sulphuric Acid.

Frankly, they are less at risk of spillage on the railways or on the rivers!

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