Ulsan port takes action against hazardous cargoes in wake of Stolt explosion

Ulsan port takes action against hazardous cargoes in wake of Stolt explosion

Authorities in Ulsan, one of South Korea’s largest ports, have banned a variety of hazardous cargoes from calling at terminals near a bridge where a dramatic tanker explosion took place eight days ago.

In the wake of the huge fire that started onboard the Stolt Groenland, before moving onto the Bow Dalian tanker moored alongside, a bridge overhead, which serves as a key thoroughfare for the city, was closed for two days for safety checks.

The fire injured 18 people and investigations are ongoing into how the high profile event – captured on video from multiple angles – happened.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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