Tianjin Port Operations Return to Normal After Blasts

Operations at the Tianjin port in north China have returned to normal following warehouse blasts on Aug. 12,  Reuters reports.

The explosions led to the disruption of all chemical and oil tanker discharges at the port, and imports of iron ore were also affected. But shipping data from Reuters on Monday showed that tankers were discharging again, with traders and shippers confirming that operations had restarted over the weekend.

At least 112 people were killed and 95 others remained missing after the blasts. As teams searched through the blast site for survivors, they found 700 tons of highly toxic sodium cyanide at two locations. The warehouse was not permitted to store more than 10 tons at a time. State media reported that Chinese authorities had ordered the evacuation of residents within a 1.5-mile radius of the warehouse that exploded as a precaution. The government is continuing search and rescue and cleaning hundreds of tons of toxic cyanide at the site while closely monitoring the environment.

The explosions stoked concerns about dragging down the booming growth of the Tianjin Binhai New Area, a key industrial park that made the northern city one of China’s fastest growing areas.

The Tianjin port is also a gateway to northeast China, transferring roughly 40 percent of imported cars. Shipments of iron ore to the port were reportedly disrupted after the blasts.

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