More Chinese coastal ports have followed in the footsteps of the port of Tianjin to curb the handling of hazardous chemical cargoes at the port areas.
After the Tianjin explosions, Yang Ming Marine Transport received updated information regarding dangerous cargo regulation for certain Chinese ports, a statement of the carrier said on 20 August.
At the port of Qingdao, all class 4.1 (except sulphur), class 3/UN 2058, class 5.1/UN2465, and class 5.1/UN2468 cargoes are not allowed for storage including import and transhipment and will be directly delivered, according to the statement.
At the port of Lianyungang, the port has stopped accepting class 1 and class 2 dangerous cargoes including export and import.
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At the port of Ningbo, a Material Safety Data Sheet is required on all dangerous cargoes’ transhipment via the port.
At the Xiamen Ocean Gate Container Terminal, it has stopped accepting dangerous cargoes including export and import.
On 12 August, a warehouse storing hazardous chemical cargoes caught fire and set off huge blasts at the port of Tianjin, leaving 114 people dead and hundreds more injured. After the accident, the port of Tianjin suspended accepting dangerous cargoes.