BASF has commissioned an independent expert to analyze the accident that occurred at the North Harbor in Ludwigshafen on October 17, 2016. The expert’s report will analyze the sequence of events and the cause of the accident. This will include, for example, an investigation of the safety of the affected pipelines and the occupational safety measures. The expert began his work on November 4, 2016. The objectives and scope of the safety-related inspection was set out by the Southern Structure and Licensing Directorate (Struktur- und Genehmigungsdirektion Süd) in consultation with the expert.
Furthermore, experts from the state criminal police are looking into the circumstances of the accident. Their investigations center on the maintenance procedures and the safety measures that were carried out prior to the maintenance work.
As the ground has been contaminated at the site of the damage, initial soil samples have been taken and provided to the criminal police. External experts will carry out further soil testing.
BASF will also continue to support the external experts in accordance with the conditions set out by the competent authorities and, if required, provide its own experts.