Six dockworkers were poisoned after leak of ammonia from cooling system of reefer Pharostar in Port of Bangkok, Thailand. The poisoned people were working into a cargo hold, but the cooling system leaked and released ammonia gas inside and they lost consciousness. They were evacuated and transported to the local hospital for medical treatment. It was understood that one of injured dockworkers was in coma and threat to life. The other people are in stable condition, but heavy poisoned. The incident was reported to the local authorities and police. There is no report about environmental pollution, as the leak was localozed only on board of the reefer ship.
The investigation for the root cause is under way. The reefer Pharostar was docked at Port of Bangkok for unloading a cargo of frozen fish. The workers were engaged with loading of packs with fish into a pallets, which are picked by the crane.
The vessel was detained until repair of the cooling system and passing special survey, but not yet released.
The reefer Pharostar (IMO: 9087910) has overall length of 124.00 m, moulded beam of 21.00 m and maximum draft of 7.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 5,127 DWT and the gross tonnage is 4,490 GRT. The reefer Pharostar was built in 1994 by Kyokuyo Shipbuilding and Iron Works in Shimonoseki, Japan. The owner and operator of the ship is South Korean company JI Sung Shipping.