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Public warned as huge chemical fire breaks out at Laem Chabang port

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Public warned as huge chemical fire breaks out at Laem Chabang port

 

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Posts on Facebook and in the mainstream Thai media reported that a container ship docked at Laem Chabang port exploded this morning. 

 

It was a chemical fire and resulted in noxious fumes and particles being emitted into the air over a wide area. 

What chemical it was was not known.

 

But people reported itches and skin problems. People were advised to avoid the area and wash any exposed skin immediately. 

 

A video on the page of Siraphop Srakaew showed someone fleeing the fire. 

 

 

Still pictures showed cars and clothing covered in debris. 

 

The explosion just after 7.30 am and fire were at berth L-A2 aboard the ship KMTC Hong Kong. 

 

Sri Racha rescue services and fire personnel were on the scene. 

 

More about this as we hear of it.

 

Sources: Thai Rath and Facebook

 

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Urgent : At least 25 workers injured after explosion on ship at Laem Chabang Port

By The Nation

 

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At least 25 port workers were injured and local people were evacuated following an explosion in a container on a ship at Laem Chabang Port in Chon Buri’s Sri Racha district on Saturday morning.

 

Laem Chabang port director Vice Admiral Yutthana Mokkhao said an urgent investigation was being undertaken to determine the contents of the container. The Hong Kong ship was docked at A2 port, the director said.

 

At the time of explosion, about 8am, scores of port employees were working in the area.

 

The explosion sent clouds of an unknown white power into the air as well as black smoke from the fire.

 

It was reported that at least 25 of the workers were sent to a nearby hospital after being exposed to the white powder. 

 

Workers remaining at the scene were seen dousing their faces with water to wipe off the powder.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30369979

 

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It would help if people spent 5 minutes actually reading an MSDS. They might then have a clue (1) how to pack it and store it (2) how to protect from human exposure and what the effects and 1st aid will be (3) how to put out a fire in this chemical (4) how to protect the local environment (waterways). But no....reading it is not important.

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27 minutes ago, apalink_thailand said:

It would help if people spent 5 minutes actually reading an MSDS. They might then have a clue (1) how to pack it and store it (2) how to protect from human exposure and what the effects and 1st aid will be (3) how to put out a fire in this chemical (4) how to protect the local environment (waterways). But no....reading it is not important.

They would have to read English first..

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It is still going on. There is a thick plume of pale grey ash (?) still hanging over the ship and visible from miles away. Nobody evacuated me! I never knew about it till I read it here.

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47 minutes ago, apalink_thailand said:

It would help if people spent 5 minutes actually reading an MSDS. They might then have a clue (1) how to pack it and store it (2) how to protect from human exposure and what the effects and 1st aid will be (3) how to put out a fire in this chemical (4) how to protect the local environment (waterways). But no....reading it is not important.

Thais wont read anything and safety is not a word they know.

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35 minutes ago, monkeycu said:

Can Thai's read anything but comics 😱

This is not isolated to Thailand. After seeing the news regarding this I did a google search where various articles state that on average there is a fire aboard a container ship every 60 days. 

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41 minutes ago, monkeycu said:

Can Thai's read anything but comics 😱

Only if it is on a phone.

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I agree with everything said in this post but in this case, ask yourself this?

 

It's on a containership correct? No one would touch anything inside a container on board a ship. So the containers have started leaking themselves and found an ignition source or the container has been damaged in some way. 

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33 minutes ago, OnTheRun said:

This is not isolated to Thailand. After seeing the news regarding this I did a google search where various articles state that on average there is a fire aboard a container ship every 60 days. 

same ship ? 😮

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54 minutes ago, jacko45k said:

Only if it is on a phone.

Just an hour ago I was doing something online regarding my wife's business (copying and pasting invoice images as proof of payment to a supplier) and she said "using computer very difficult, why not use phone?".  That's when I realised she's a millennial and I'm not.

MSDS uses "international" English (as do airlines, doctors etc), so for 'schooled' Thais maybe it's not so easy.

While we don't know what that event is yet, imagine a container of Lithium batteries, a couple more of volatile salts, metals and add water and .... uh oh.  Any number of combinations of things could cause a lot of issues.

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1 hour ago, OnTheRun said:

This is not isolated to Thailand. After seeing the news regarding this I did a google search where various articles state that on average there is a fire aboard a container ship every 60 days. 

That may be true, however, I am here in Thailand and am more concerned about this local event.

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If the port is closed what's the traffic situation on the main road outside.

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1 hour ago, Briggsy said:

It is still going on. There is a thick plume of pale grey ash (?) still hanging over the ship and visible from miles away. Nobody evacuated me! I never knew about it till I read it here.

You're not an important person.... no offence intended, I'm generalising

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