Shipper Claims It Wasn’t Warned of Toxin

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Kemira Water Solutions and Fairyland Envitech Co. let toxic chemicals leak from a ship as it sailed from Taiwan to California, a Singaporean company claims in Federal Court.

     APL Co. says it was hired to ship goods that Kemira purchased from Fairyland, but neither company warned it that the cargo contained dangerous ferrous chloride. Fairyland failed to pack and secure the cargo properly aboard APL’s freighter, Hyundai Independence, and APL did not notice that the containers had leaked hazardous chemicals until the first shipment arrived in California, according to the complaint.
     APL demands more than $5 million to offset the cost of cleanup for violating the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. It is represented by Charles Donovan with Sheppard Mullin.

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