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Explosion at COFCO terminal in Argentina kills one, injures over 20

A grain terminal operated by Chinese state-run grain trading giant COFCO at Argentina’s Port of Rosario suffered a major explosion on Wednesday.

COFCO International confirmed that the explosion occurred at the loading area of its facilities at Puerto General San Martin in Rosario, killing one employee while eight others were sent to hospital.

According to local reporting, local firefighters managed to put out the fire in a few hours and the number of injured people totalled more than 20.

The affected facilities have been shut down.

The cause of the incident is not yet known, and COFCO said the company will launch a full internal investigation and cooperate with any external investigations.

Rosario is a major shipping hub in Argentina and accounts for around 80% of the country’s agricultural export. COFCO bought the grain facility at the port from Dutch grain trader Nidera in 2014.

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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