Freight News, Logistics

Explosion rocks China port city – updated

[ August 13, 2015   //   ]

Officials from Ruihai Logistics are being interrogated by the authorities after an explosion at their premises devastated a large area of the port of Tianjin in China. Latest death-toll is reported to be 44, including 12 firefighters. The explosion was reported at 22.50 local time last night (12 August).

According to the website, Ruihai is described as a logistics firm specialising in storage and transport dangerous chemicals, but there are no precise details of the goods handled. The company has 46,000sq m of covered storage and the company stores and moves containers arriving by sea or land.

Inchcape Shipping Services is advising that all chemical , oil and LPG terminals in Tianjin port have closed following the explosion. ISS understands the port authority has arranged some un-berthing of bulk ships from midday local time, but there is currently no schedule for vessels berthing and it is unknown at present when the terminals will re-open.

Normal operating conditions are continuing for the loading/discharge of bulk cargo (such as  coal, iron ore) and general cargo in Tianjin Xingang port.

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