“Generally, every shipment of toxic chemicals, including transferring of shipment, has to be declared before they enter our ports,” he said according to the article. “But as the ship’s company had not declared these toxic chemicals, it would be the duty of the shipping company to claim the damage from the shipment’s owners.”
Andrew Kinsey, senior risk consultant at the insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, told American Shipper in January he did not believe there was a need for stricter measures for dangerous goods. There was a need, though, for improved compliance with existing regulations as well as “greater vigilance in inspection and prosecution of people who are not complying.”
The fire on the 1,585-TEU KMTC Hong Kong erupted about 6:45 a.m. local time while it was moored at terminal A2, according to the Bangkok Post, which reported the blaze was brought under control later in the day.
The blast, which occurred about 8 a.m. local time, according to The Nation, sent clouds of white powder into the air along with the black smoke from the fire. Communities around the Laem Chabang Seaport were evacuated following reports of noxious smoke and acidic ashes raining down over the villages, The Nation reported, and the Pollution Control Department has since announced the threat from hazardous air pollution receded to safe levels.
“We still cannot put an exact figure on the extent of the damage from the fire as the damage is widespread,” he said, according to an article by The Nation.
The vessel is the smallest of three ships on the KMTC/HMM – New Thailand Service, which also features calls in Busan, Gwangyang, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh, according to Blue Water Reporting.