Chemical plant explosion forces ships to evacuate Gulei Port

Chemical plant explosion forces ships to evacuate Gulei Port

Guangzhou: China’s Ministry of Transport has asked ships docked at Gulei Port in Fujian to evacuate from the port as a safety precaution after an explosion and subsequent fire at a nearby chemical plant.

The plant, near Gulei Port, produces toxic chemical product para-xylene, and on Monday evening an explosion occurred, causing a huge fire which was only put out Wednesday morning.

Residents near the port have been evacuated, and maritime authorities have executed contingency plans based on ocean pollution being caused by the incident.

Gulei port is a major port for petrochemical shipping in Fujian, and a petrochemical industrial park has been developed there over the past two years, with expansion of the park still ongoing.

An explosion occurred at the same chemical plant two years ago.

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.

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