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Update: No evidence of dangerous chemicals at port blaze site

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Update: No evidence of dangerous chemicals at port blaze site

By The Nation

 

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Preliminary investigations have not found any toxic chemicals at Laem Chabang Port, which suffered a disruption due to a fire on Saturday morning, the director of Thailand Port Authority, Kamolsak Phromprayoon, said.

 

The KMTC Hong Kong, registered as a South Korean ship, caught fire in the early hours of Saturday at the port in the Sri Racha district of Chon Buri province. It had unloaded more than 400 containers of goods but a fire broke out when 35 containers still remained on board. Some of the containers were scheduled to be delivered to Vietnam and to the port in Samut Prakan province, close to Bangkok. 

 

Locals living in the vicinity were evacuated and at least 25 port workers were injured.

 

Meanwhile, Yutana Phoolpipat, the director of Customs Department Office at Laem Chabang Port in eastern coastal Thailand, said some chemical goods were responsible for the fire. The department, however, said those goods were neither smuggled into the country nor were falsely declared, he said .

 

Officials would inspect the goods in those containers and find out the cause of the fire, he added.

 

Laem Chabang Municipality officials have set up a support centre for affected people who want to file complaints and seek compensation.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30369989

 

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Posted (edited)

Not quite the same, but I remember an explosion followed by a fire at Bangkok port on the Chao Phraya river nearly thirty years ago.

We lived four kilometres from the port itself on the eleventh floor of a cheap condo. The entire building shook, very frightening. Never found out if any of the resulting smoke/fumes were dangerous.

 

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3 hours ago, rooster59 said:

The department, however, said those goods were neither smuggled into the country nor were falsely declared,

What a strange thing to stress; almost like there is something to hide.

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“said some chemical goods were responsible for the fire. The department, however, said those goods were neither smuggled into the country nor were falsely declared, he said .

 

Officials would inspect the goods in those containers and find out the cause of the fire, he added.”

 

So even before they have inspected the goods they have determined there was no smuggling or false declaration.

 

Nothing like solving a case before you’ve started the investigation, although it seems common in Thailand.

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3 hours ago, mikebell said:

What a strange thing to stress; almost like there is something to hide.

Yeah, like those Swedes and MS Estonia.

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Lot of fires on big container ships these days. Mixed bag of incorrectly stowed chemicals. Nothing to do with ships staff or dockers, source of loading container to blame.

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18 hours ago, Classic Ray said:

“said some chemical goods were responsible for the fire. The department, however, said those goods were neither smuggled into the country nor were falsely declared, he said .

 

Officials would inspect the goods in those containers and find out the cause of the fire, he added.”

 

So even before they have inspected the goods they have determined there was no smuggling or false declaration.

 

Nothing like solving a case before you’ve started the investigation, although it seems common in Thailand.

Cart before the horse syndrome... deny everything from the start then slowly back track when the truth comes out... seems to be the Thai way!

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and the very next day

 

"Port Authority says shipper did not disclose flammable cargo.

HIGHLY FLAMMABLE toxic chemicals that were not declared were found inside the burnt cargo at Laem Chabang Seaport in Chon Buri province, the Thailand Port Authority disclosed.

"

 

 

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