[Updated] [Watch] Death Toll Rising Following Tianjin Port Eruption

Published Aug 14, 2015 2:41 PM by The Maritime Executive


New reports reveal that Riuhai Logistics Logistics Co Ltd is responsible for the eruption. Ruihai was founded in 2011 with a registered capital of $7.9 million in the Dongjiang Free Trade Port Zone. Riuhai is responsible for the handling of dangerous goods at Tianjin Port. Riuhai’s manager has been arrested. 

According to reports, the death toll is up to 50, including 17 firefighters. Currently, there are 1,000 firefighters, 130 militamen and 125 soldiers and police officers involved in the search and resuce efforts. Port of Tianjin officials say several employees are still unaccounted for. 

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A fireball erupted at a warehouse for dangerous goods in the northeastern Chinese Port of Tianjin on Wednesday evening. At least 47 have died, and at least 500 people have been injured, over 60 seriously. 

Over 10 firefighters are reported missing or dead, and several fire trucks have been destroyed.

Two explosions, the second about 30 seconds after the first, occurred in shipping containers that contained a shipment of explosives in the warehouse, reports Xinhua news agency. The blast was felt miles away.

The owner of the warehouse has been identified as Tianjin Dongjiang Port Ruihai International Logistics.

China’s industrial safety record has been called into question. In July, 15 people died when an illegal fireworks warehouse exploded in the northern Hebei province.