All chemical, oil and liquefied petroleum gas terminals in Tianjin port have closed following the Tianjin warehouse explosion in China, says Inchcape Shipping Services.
Tianjin, the port gateway to Beijing, is a major base for petrochemicals, refining and other industries, Inchcape said in a statement.
Inchape said it 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 (e.g. coal, iron ore) and general cargo in Tianjin Xingang port,” it said.
Lloyd’s List has asked shipowners’ association Intertanko what advice it has for owners with vessels in the region.
Inchcape’s Tianjin operation is operating as normal and will continue to monitor developments and keep its clients updated, said Inchcape.
Inchcape Shipping Services is the world’s leading maritime and cargo services provider with 300 offices in 69 countries.
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