Europe propylene players unfazed by German rail tank car derailment

04 July 2013 17:53  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--There has been little-to-no logistical impact on the European propylene market following the derailment of some rail tank cars at Dusseldorf-Derendorf in Germany earlier this week, propylene players said on Thursday.

Three rail tank cars containing 50 tonnes of propylene had been derailed in the vicinity of the Derendorf rail shunting yard on Tuesday evening although the reason for this was not yet known, according to German media reports.

The police and fire services were quickly deployed and worked to contain the problem, closely avoiding a possible gas explosion. The rail tank accident had affected the important rail route of the German railway between Dusseldorf –Duisburg, the reports said.  

One propylene trader said: “It [the railtank car accident]  has been been dealt with quite quickly, with no real adverse effects.”

A few players said there has been some delayed deliveries as some routes had been temporarily blocked. One trader added that alternative routes are being used and while that may take a bit longer it is being sufficiently managed.

One propylene buyer said: “There has been no real significant logistical impact,” adding that four out of six of the train tracks affected by the accident are back in operation.

By: Heidi Finch
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