Specifically, more than 130 people were transferred to hospital, after an explosion and fire onboard the South Korean container ship 'KMTC Hong Kong' while berthed in Thailand’s eastern Laem Chabang port.


The port Authority inspected 35 containers at the centre of the blaze, which resulted to more than half of of cargoes contained chemical products.

Mr Phromprayoon presented 18 boxes that contained chemical cargoes, according to local media. In the meantime, those investigating the containers found out that 13 containers had cargoes of calcium hypochlorite in 13 cargos and five had cargoes of chlorinated paraffin. The shippers had not declared the dangerous cargoes and on Saturday it was believed the cargoes were dolls.

According to the Nation, as the fire was caused by the burning of chemicals, the nearby communities around Laem Chabang Seaport had earlier reported on Saturday that they suffered from noxious smoke and acidic ashes raining down over their villages, which triggered the evacuation of many communities around the seaport.

The Pollution Control Department (PCD) announced that the threat from hazardous air pollution caused by the burning of chemicals had receded to safe levels.

Concluding, Mr Phromprayoon commented on the Nation

Generally, every shipment of toxic chemicals, including transferring of shipment, has to be declared before they enter our ports. 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.