Tianjin, China – An inspection in late 2013 revealed potential safety hazards in storage stations at the Tianjin Port, according to posts on the website of Tianjin Maritime Safety Administration (TMSA).
The inspection examined five storage stations, including that of Ruihai Logistics where the blasts happened. Breaches were reported in five of Ruihai’s 4,325 containers – a 1.2% rate, lower than three inspected stations.
A fire drill for hazardous chemical leaks was performed at Ruihai in March 2014 followed by another inspection in September 2014, the results of which were unavailable on TMSA’s website.
Ruihai Logistics is a Tianjin Maritime Safety Administration-designated storage station for hazardous materials. It was set up in 2011 with RMB50m ($7.8m) registered capital. The company hires 90 employees and collects over RMB30m yearly revenue with 1m tonne/year throughput.
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