Ship Leaking Hazardous Material Approaches Ashdod Port

The highly explosive isopropyl peroxide is leaking from the hold; bystanders evacuated from dock.

A container ship at Ashdod Port in May 2014.
A container ship at Ashdod Port in May 2014.Ilan Assayag

A ship leaking a highly explosive substance was heading toward Ashdod Port on Wednesday afternoon.

A hazardous material team was deployed to the port and bystanders have been evacuated from the dock where the ship is headed. Security officials fear too much movement could cause a massive explosion.

The ship, which was leaking isopropyl peroxide from the hold, had yet to enter port as of mid-afternoon Wednesday.

A tugboat was waiting for workers to finish unloading a ship at the dock before towing in the ship.