MSC Operations Unaffected by Tianjin Blasts


Following the gargantuan blasts near Tianjin port on Wednesday August 12, MSC has confirmed that Tianjin Pacific International Container Terminal (TPCT), which is used by MSC, is located 6 kilometres from the blast site at the East Port Area.

The explosion has so far killed around 50 people, and a further 700 have been injured from the blast.

At this stage, the cause of the explosions are unknown but are believed to have occurred as a result of a shipment of explosives being detonated near the port.

All MSC employees onshore are safe and there has been no impact on MSC crewmembers onboard its vessels and it does not foresee any further disruption to the sailing schedules.

All MSC onshore operations resumed on August 14. However, customs house will only accept official export and import declarations from Monday, 17th August. Interim services are available upon special request.

The Tianjin Maritime Safety Administration office has prohibited all loading and discharging of hazardous shipments from the port and the MSC Tianjin Customer Service Team is now contacting customers with information on alternative cargo arrangements.

(Source: MSC)

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