Hazardous and Noxious Substances Spill Incidents

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On this database it is collected information on the fate and weathering of hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) accidentally spilt at the sea around the world. It gathers and systematizes existing information to assist stakeholders involved in spill preparedness and response, and builds return of experience datasheets for the chemicals involved. It will facilitate the incorporation of lessons from past incidents on the decision process to improve preparedness.

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France, Channel



HNS Spilt

Ethyl acetateLiquid


Amount Spilt (T)200

CAS Number141-78-6


Physical Behaviour (SEBC code)


Pollution Category (MARPOL Annex 2)


Class according to IMDG code


Subsidiary Risk Class according to IMDG code

Classification as Marine Pollutant

ii, ii, vi

HNS Classification (2010 HNS Convention)

Fate and weathering facts observed/reported

Ethyl acetate is a colourless volatile solvent, which has a perceptible odour, evaporates easily in the air and is moderately water-soluble. Maritime authorities said ethyl acetate was easily soluble and biodegradable and the spillage did not endanger wildlife. "The product is volatile and non-polluting in the quantities that have been leaked. There are quite strong north-easterly currents which should allow it to disperse in the water," a spokesman for the coastal authority said.

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)