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Fire Breaks Out at Port Jalan Pelabuhan Utara Container Yard

FiWriter: Ma Yafei

Editor: Zhang Xiaoya

KLANG, 7 June - A fire broke out at the Northport Bhd container area near Jalan Pelabuhan Utara, Port Klang, and 13 containers were destroyed.

(Photo Source: Port Klang Fire Scene )

These burned containers are suspected to contain flammable and explosive dangerous goods such as aerosols! Causing widespread devastation and disrupting vital operations at one of Malaysia's busiest ports.

The Selangor Fire Department rushed to the scene and firefighters controlled the spread of the fire by 11:40am through irrigation and the use of machines to separate containers, and the entire fire extinguishing work was completed by 2:20am.

At present, the North Port operator is working with the authorities to investigate the cause of the accident, confirm the authenticity of the items declared in the container fire, and take necessary measures to prevent potential risks.

After the fire broke out, a total of 50 fire officers and soldiers from nine fire stations and 14 fire trucks arrived at the scene to fight the fire.

Port Klang North released a statement that there were no injuries as a result of the incident, and the port's operations were not affected by the fire.

(Photo source: Northport)

The cause of the accident is under investigation. Minister of Transport Malaysia, Anthony Loke, said “Investigations by the Port Klang Authority (LPK) and North Port were ongoing and would cover all aspects, including false declarations. Don't make any guesses yet.” according to Bernama.

At the time of the fire, Sha Yuxin, a passerby from UCSI University, said: “I was on my way to my aunt's house and I was passing Port Klang and I saw a huge fire. The smoke was very strong. Fortunately, the fire service arrived in time and put out the fire.”

Port Klang is the largest port in Malaysia and the 12th largest container port in the world, with a container throughput of 13.22 million TEU in 2022. Klang is now made up of two port districts, Westports, and Northport (a subsidiary of MMC Port Holdings Group), which also operates Southpoint.

On 4 April, 2022, a fire also broke out in Westport due to the hot weather, with 22 containers burned and 38 boxes damaged, including machinery parts, music equipment, cotton, baby walkers, and lubricating oil as well.

With the advent of summer, the impact of high temperature and heat, heavy rain and lightning, and typhoons are superimposed, and seasonal unsafe factors are correspondingly increased. Risk management and control cannot be ignored, especially in the operation of dangerous goods in ports.

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