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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HNS Spilt

Flammable solids (fire lighters)-


Amount Spilt (T)Unknown

CAS Number-


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


HNS Classification (2010 HNS Convention)

Fate and weathering facts observed/reported

Two thousand and a hundred boxes of fire matches were lost. They contain urea formaldehyde and kerosene, the later an environmental contaminant. Some of the fire lights were recovered buried in sand on beaches.

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)