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Port Authority of Thailand seeks damages from KMTC

The Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) has imposed an initial fine of THB50,000 ($1,570) on South Korean owner KMTC, the operator of the feeder containership KMTC Hongkong which caught fire at Laem Chabang port on Saturday morning. PAT authorities have said they are looking to file further damages with the owner.

The fire released noxious smoke and toxic substances into the air, which led to more than 200 people receiving medical treatment. It also forced the port to suspend operations of three berths.

According to PAT director Kamolsak Promprayoon, the ship operator flouted port procedures and will be held responsible for the incident which has caused damage to the port, disrupted its operations and resulted in injuries.

PAT has already paid some medical expenses to the victims. Authorities declared a 15 km danger zone radius in the wake of the explosions which were likely caused by misdeclared chemicals onboard.

PAT has informed those affected to file a complaint by tomorrow, which will be part of its legal action against the operator.

Currently the ship remains at the port pending completion of a decontamination process.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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