Chemical Explosion Rocks Brazil’s Largest Port


Ship movements have been restricted at Brazil’s Port of Santos after a fire broke out at a container terminal within the port, which is operated by logistics company Localfrio in Guaruja in the afternoon of January 14, 2016, according to gCaptain.

The fire was reportedly caused by a chemical explosion originating from around a dozen shipping containers, with the containers carrying the hazardous chemical, dichloroisocyanuric acid.

The Codesp port authority said the port was operating normally; however, ships have been stopped from docking at the terminal.

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39 people complained of headaches and nausea, and were given medical attention.

The incident comes around six months after the two huge blasts which shook Tianjin Port and cost the lives of 159 people.

Reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter recently estimated the total loss of the explosions of US$1.3 and $3 billion.

As well the subsequent financial damage, the Tianjin Port explosion also affected China’s top eight ports after it was reported by PTI that throughput had declined a month after the incident.

(Source: Euronews / YouTube)

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