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08/20/2015

Tianjin Port Suspends Haz-Mat Handling after Explosions

According to multiple media sources, Tianjin, China's third largest port, has suspended all hazardous cargo imports and exports in the aftermath of two deadly chemical explosions. In addition, port officials have prohibited the loading of dangerous chemicals already stored at the port, while mandating that all DG warehouse facilities conduct thorough safety inspections.

 

Beyond the mandatory suspension, all but two container terminals in Tianjin have resumed normal operating conditions, including Xingang port, which handles general cargo. Cosco Pacific's Wuzhou Five Continents International Container Terminal and Euroasia International Container Terminal are the two terminals that remain shut down, though reports suggest they will soon become operational, as well. 

 

The cause of the explosions, which occurred just before midnight on August 12 and claimed 112 lives, is still under investigation. The force of the blast registered on earthquake scales, completely destroying nearby buildings and incinerating some 10,000 newly imported car bodies that were stored in the area. As reported by the BBC, dozens of Tianjin Port Group Company employees remain unaccounted for, while military chemical experts continue to test for toxic gases and rescuers have been cautioned to wear protective clothing.

 

SPARX logistics will continue to monitor this situation and keep our customers apprised of the latest developments. If you have questions related to specific shipments, please feel free to contact your SPARX representative.

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