Ammonium Nitrate Fertilizer Overheats Burns at Sea

The Spanish Maritime Search and Rescue Society shows just what can happen when 50,000 tons of ammonium nitrate overheats during transit.

The cargo in all five of the ship’s cargo holds burned for two straight weeks in August 2017 until there was no more fertilizer to burn.

The MV Cheshire’s crew abandoned ship a few days into the slow-burning fire. Salvors were able to keep the vessel away from shore but couldn’t board the ship due to the toxic smoke.

Fertilizer Fire

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