Singapore will no
longer accept containers full of hydrogen peroxide at its terminals, following
the fatal fire and explosion at a Chittagong depot, which claimed more than 40
the recent fatal explosion on 4 June 2022 at one of the container facilities in
Bangladesh, we have observed a significant spike in the number of containers
containing hydrogen peroxide being discharged in PSA Terminals,” the operator
said in an advisory on Thursday 9 June.
It said hydrogen peroxide is an explosive precursor,
controlled by Singapore Police Force (SPF). There is a limit to the quantity
permitted by SPF for licensed storage in PSA Terminals. The spike has resulted
in a rising stockpile of hydrogen peroxide in PSA yards.
this DG inventory level within the safety limit prescribed by the authorities,
we need to take immediate measures to stop accepting hydrogen peroxide
containers until the inventory level goes back to normal,” said PSA Singapore
in a letter to all shipping lines.
operator said it will work closely with the shipping lines to facilitate the
smooth handling of these containers “should they overstow containers that are
meant for Singapore discharge”.
Concern among apparel exporters and
others over the proper management of dangerous goods in Bangladeshi ports
at BM Container Depot and subsequent blasts from boxes of hydrogen peroxide on
Saturday night has created concern among apparel exporters and others over the
proper management of dangerous goods in Bangladeshi ports and terminals.
has gutted millions of dollars-worth of export and import cargo. As the depot’s
operations remain suspended, the shipment of several hundreds of unaffected
containers has also become uncertain.
Nazrul Islam, first vice president, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and
Exporters Association (BGMEA), while visiting the depot on Thursday, called on
the authorities to allow the shipment of unaffected boxes immediately.
the authorities concerned to give permission for the immediate shipment of
unaffected containers by using other depots, to keep the supply chain intact,”
Thursday, the government formed an investigation committee, which has visited
the depot to examine how the fire started.
They have collated a list
of containers holding garments and chemicals, and a list of exporters and
importers which use the BM Depot.