A MAJOR West Australian port has returned to normal operations after a gas leak forced its closure for four hours earlier today. An ammonia gas leak was detected at Albany port about 1am today, prompting the immediate activation of an emergency response plan.
"At the Austral fish factory site at one end of the port, a piece of equipment failed and ammonia gas leaked," Brad Williamson, chief executive officer of Albany Port Authority, said.
"The harbourmaster was contacted and there was no threat to shipping.
"There was a ship at berth at the time and we arranged for access for emergency services and they closed the main access to the port and dealt with the leak.