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2 hours ago, peter2186 said:

A material Safety data sheet is of course useful, but the container should have had a Hazchem or Hazmat sign applied to it that is easier to understand and provides adequate information in pictorial form, to cope with an emergency. In addition one would have thought that any hazardous materials imported into Thailand would be subject to some form of control and inspection before the ship was allowed to berth and the MSDS provided up front

Rest assured, all information is relayed to the port and to the authorities in advance. Industrial accidents do happen though, that's why there is a well trained fire fighting and accident response force in all the ports.

 

Somebody suggested that there may have been a misdeclaration. This is something that will also be checked and cannot be ruled out at the moment.  But let's not get ahead of ourselves.

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2 hours ago, shaurene said:

Looks like the fire was forward. Container ship. Have the bridge etc at the rear. This is Thailand. They have an Admiral running the port, what would an Admiral know on running a commercial trading port.

first off.

1: get the documents with the container contents.

2: Or contact the Hong Kong port, one of the mot organised commercial ports in the world. They will give the Thai authorities the contents of the containers. And even the container numbers and where on the deck the containers were chained down.

 

Point 2

the container may have been loaded in Bangkok not Hong Kong 

assuming it was due to be unloaded it could have come from one of many dozens of ports and not Hong Kong at all. These ships don't move cargo from port a to port b they load and unload all over the place

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Just because the name was Hong Kong does not mean it hasbeen anywhere near the place.

 

The last container ship I was on was the Hanjin Geneva.......

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Posted (edited)

And now for something completely different.

Is it still burning ?

Is it out?

Is it under control?

Or

has it run away in fear of all the expert opinions on TV. 😆

Edited by overherebc

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9 hours 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.

Really? I would demand a refund!

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6 hours ago, Briggsy said:

From the original story, "Local people were evacuated."

You're not a 'local', you're a farang.

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6 hours ago, bubba said:

What would help even more would be determining what the chemical is so that someone can look up the associated MSDS (or SDS).

It's an explosive chemical. Can you look that up in your MSDS (or SDS) please?

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9 hours 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.

Maybe they didn't report that the container contained chemical or maybe they do not match the msds sheet. There could be alot of reasons just maybe they did read it but that fact maybe not important enough to be printed here, who knows.

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4 hours ago, Briggsy said:

As you can see "Location : Sri Racha", I no longer live in Bangkok.

Sri Racha?

 

You're MILES away.

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No much wonder Thaivisa has the badge of being a grumpy expat forum, all whingeing about something they have no clue about ...again!

A cargo ship coming into any international port has their cargo declared in advance, this is not a maybe..this is fact.

Every port will have a full list of cargo, not just any cargo but all potentially hazardous cargo as well, but the cargo list also specifies what potentially dangerous cargoes are next to other potentially dangerous cargoes. This allows them to have an action plan to combat any serious events such as today....Thai ports are very strict on this which is why this is a rare and newsworthy occurrence.

Think back a couple of years ago to the explosion in Tianjin port in China - no control or segregation of chemicals in a cargo or at storage....one burns...300 people dead and a blast zone that makes Hroshima look like a small squibb!!

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4 hours ago, ttrd said:

 

Agree, but prior to read an MSDS you need to know what it is ...

 

"What chemical it was was not known"

 

 

 

 

Of course it was not known at the time of the explosion/fire.

All those details will eventually be known but that takes investigation and analysis. Not something you do when the fire is still burning.

And of course all those points will be dismissed by the posters after 15 beers and rejection by the oldest and ugliest hooker in the bar. 😆😆

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Posted (edited)
50 minutes ago, NanLaew said:

It's an explosive chemical. Can you look that up in your MSDS (or SDS) please?

Won't be long before some wild theories on that one get posted.

Never happens anywhere else, hold on what was the one on the nitate? ship in USA that went pop a good few years ago??

Galveston, but Glen Campbell didn't sing about it.

PS.

Where I come from Glen Campbell is a place. 😆

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3 hours ago, emptypockets said:

Point 2

the container may have been loaded in Bangkok not Hong Kong 

assuming it was due to be unloaded it could have come from one of many dozens of ports and not Hong Kong at all. These ships don't move cargo from port a to port b they load and unload all over the place

Container was not loaded in Bangkok. Container from Bangkok to Laem Chabang would go by truck. Container ships to move cargo from port a to port b.

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