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Authorities seed clouds to douse giant chemical tank explosion at Rizhao Port

Dalian: A giant explosion of a chemical tank at Rizhao Port today saw local authorities seed the clouds in the area to make it rain and help douse the dangerous inferno.

The tank, containing liquid hydrogen, caught fire in the Lanbei part of the port. The city sent more than 50 fire engines and about 300 firemen to put out the fire. As of 4.30pm local time, the fire had still not been put out. No casualties have been reported.

The tank on fire belongs to Rizhao Shida Technology, a local petrochemical company, which also operates a 300,000d wt petrochemical terminal at Rizhao Port.

Citizens living near the explosion site have been evacuated while Rizhao Steel, which is also near the site, has suspended operation and evacuated workers.


Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.


  1. Wouldn’t hydrogen burn out rather rapidly and create water? What else is burning there? (Assuming the story is real. So far I only see it carried on blogs and commercial websites — almost as though it were anti-hydrogen propaganda created for the purpose of discrediting e emerging hydrogen energies and products.)

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