Operations at Tianjin Port remain severely disrupted following the massive explosion at Tianjin Port International Logistics Center on Wednesday evening.
A source told Splash that one of the main disruptions with operations at the moment is the limited and congested road access to the port. Several highways leading to area and the whole Binhai New District, a new district developed based on the marine and port industry, have been blocked. Due to the congestion domestic steel plants have stopped shipments to the port, while Tianjin traffic control authority have requested civilian drivers to avoid going to the area.
Tianjin Port’s Beijiang port area, which is close to the explosion site, has suspended operations for safety concerns affecting dry bulk shipping. According to an official from Tianjin Maritime Safety Administration, ship traffic on the main navigation channel of Tianjin Port is still partially restricted.
International mining giant BHP Billiton said there was no damage to the iron ore discharging berths following the explosion at Tianjin port, however shipments have been disrupted and the company is working with customers to minimize any potential impact.
“It is unclear the extent of the disruption likely to be experienced to port activities, we will be monitoring the situation,” Fortescue Metals Group said in a statement.
Several auto companies including Volkswagen and Renault has announced that they have suspended all logistics operations at Tianjin Port. More than 6,000 new vehicles stored in the area have been damaged by the blast.
China Offshore Oil Engineering said that part of its office building has been damaged by the explosion, and that the company has started repair works and is trying to resume normal operations as soon as possible.
Firefighting work is still ongoing, with the latest casualty report indicating 50 people dead, with a further 71 in critical condition and more than 700 injured.