Date
21 September 2017
A man stands amid the wreckage from last week's explosions. Tianjin port is slowly getting back to normal operations. Photo: CNN
A man stands amid the wreckage from last week's explosions. Tianjin port is slowly getting back to normal operations. Photo: CNN

Tianjin port returning to normal after deadly blasts

Tianjin is slowly resuming to normal port operations after last week’s deadly explosions in a warehouse complex.

Also, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that some logistics companies are offering alternate routes through Dalian and Qingdao.

More space is being made available on vessels there for diverted shipments.

“Port operations are working normally,” said Thomas Boyd, a spokesman for APM Terminals, a unit of A.P. Moeller-Maersk A.S. that runs the port’s largest container shipping terminal.

Tianjin has been recovering slowly as authorities examine the zone around the blast site amid concerns over the destroyed toxic chemicals.

The cargo handling facility is about five miles from the site of a waterfront warehouse holding hazardous materials that exploded last week, killing at least 114 people, injuring more than 700 and shutting down work at manufacturing sites in and around the industrial city.

Two Mediterranean Shipping Co. vessels were due at the port this week, according to schedules for operations there, and a spokeswoman for the company said there were no changes planned.

Authorities in Tianjin have barred the transport of hazardous materials on ships moving through the port.

Although a fuel storage facility was destroyed in the blast, maritime officials said there was no impact on ships because most load bunker fuel at other Asia ports.

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