Last week, fire broke by an undeclared lithium-ion batteries, on the container ship COSCO Pacific, declared by the company.
The event took place while the vessel past the Arabian Sea en route from Malaysia to India. The crew member of the ship curbs the fire with Carbon-Di-Oxide, however, they were forced to inform at the Port of Colombo in Srilanka, where the vessel remains disembark. And no injuries were reported.
It has been reported that the owner of the cargo is a Taiwanese shipping company named Wan Hai Lines. It had listed the cargo contents as “spare parts and accessories”, breaching the regulations pertaining to the declaration of hazardous or dangerous goods.
Due to its flammable nature and corrosive in nature Lithium-ion batteries fall under the hazardous category. They are highly dangerous in high pressures, particularly when they are transported by the aircraft in the cargo hold, however, container shipping has also gone through veer of dangerous fires on container ships in recent time.
Generally, when a fire happens aboard a container ship,each cargo owner is expected to pay a “general average”; it is a proportionate amount of any losses due to the event–if they want delivery to be done, however, it is up to businesses discretion to decide if it is worth or not the to retrieve the cargo.
Many organizations such as FIATA(the International Federation of Freight Forwarder Associations), TIACA (The International Cargo Association), and the IATA (the international Air Transport Association), have collaborated forces to clear-out on mischievous shippers by advancing real-time even reporting, which could be share across the industry.