A fire erupted on a cargo ship docked at a port in Thailand, triggering a blast and leaving at least 25 workers suffering from smoke inhalation and other injuries, officials said Saturday.
The district around Laem Chabang deep-sea port in Chonburi province, located two hours south of capital Bangkok, has been declared a “danger zone”, said port director Yuthana Mokkhao.
The fire broke out on Saturday at 6.35 am on the cargo ship named KMTC Hong Kong, which was moored to the port terminal.
Photos circulated on Thai media showed thick smoke billowing from the freight ship as the fire blazed.
#Noticetotrade : Class 6.1 Chemical Exploded!!— Trade Expeditors USA (@teuinc) May 25, 2019
Several port workers were injured and local people were evacuated following an explosion in a container on a ship at #LaemChabangPort in Chon Buri, Thailand Sri Racha district on Saturday morning. pic.twitter.com/3FLzvOUsl2
Yuthana said people on the port were “affected by smoke inhalation and hit by small shrapnel from the containers”.
At least 25 port workers suffered from minor injuries or irritation from the fire, said Sivaporn Buapong, chief of Chonburi province’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department.
“The situation is under control now ... Forensic police will investigate the cause of the fire,” Sivaporn told AFP.
The deep-sea port is an integral part of an ambitious $45 billion infrastructure scheme by Thailand’s junta known as the “Eastern Economic Corridor” (EEC) to transform the coastal area into a tech hub.
Over 7 million containers are transported through Laem Chabang port annually, according to the EEC’s website.
Under the new scheme, the port is due to expand with four new container berths, which the junta expects to more than double freight traffic to 18.1 million containers per year.
Cambodia and Thailand reconnected by rail after 45 yearsA railway reconnecting Cambodia and Thailand was officially inaugurated on Monday in a bid to slash travel times and boost trade between the southeast ... Variety
Thailand’s Buddhist New Year splashes in with water fightsWater-spraying elephants, raves and boisterous, street-blocking water fights -- Thailand’s Buddhist New Year arrived with a splash Saturday, a ... Variety
Thailand’s early voting kicks off with long queuesHundreds of thousands of voters crowded into schools, parking lots and temples across Thailand on Sunday, eager to cast an early ballot a week before ... World News
Thailand cave rescue to be turned into Hollywood movieThe mission to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a Thai cave is to get the Hollywood treatment in a movie announced by faith-based production ... Entertainment