China’s New Restrictions on Hazardous Cargo in Response to Explosion at Port of Tianjin
COSCO has outlined new restrictions on hazardous cargo for ports in China in response to the explosion at the Port of Tianjin.
Port of Tianjin (Xingang)
Tianjin port has stopped accepting hazardous cargo, including export and import cargo. For hazardous cargo already on board, when the vessel berths Tianjin port, the containers are allowed to be re-stowed. Generally, the containers will change the destination to Qingdao. But hazardous Class 4(excluding UN1350), and Class 5(only UN2465 and UN2468), will remain onboard to return to the Port of Loading due to Qingdao port requires handling direct with no warehouse storage. If the cargo has a special change of destination request, we will give assistance to try to re-route to another destination, however all costs are for account of cargo. For any hazardous cargo transshipping to Tianjin via another port, it will be held at the transshipment port pending disposition instructions from you, the customer.
Port of Qingdao
According to the notice from Port Qingdao, all hazardous cargo of Class 2.1, Class 4 (excluding sulfur, UN1350/CLS4.1) & Class 5, (UN2465 and UN2468) does not allow storage in hazardous warehouse (including transshipment and importing). It requires direct loading & discharge, effective from September 1st, 2015. For hazardous cargo going to Qingdao Qianwan United Container Terminal Co., Ltd., the consignee shall pick up the cargo within 72 hours (including holidays). Feeder vessel company should provide written confirmation before vessel berth, guarantee that the cargo will be picked up timely. If any hazardous cargo is picked up over 72 hours, then this terminal will reject all importing hazardous cargo on this feeder vessel company. (Cosco services calling this terminal are: CEN, MD1, AWES, AWE2).
Port of Shanghai
Yangshan Terminals – (Cosco facility codes: SHA08, SHA09)
All hazardous cargo handled at Yangshan Terminal: If hazardous label is missing or container damaged, terminal will not accept the containers for storage or transshipment. For Import cargo, it will not be allowed to discharge, effective from August 16th, 2015.
Guangdong Terminal in Yangshan – (Cosco facility code: SHA41)
Guandong Terminal will reject the hazardous container if the label missing, effective from August 14th, 2015.
According to the regulations released by Shanghai ports, we require as follows.
The shipper must ensure proper vanning, declare and sign the hazardous documents and labels in strict accordance with the requirement of the .
Local terminal site and vessel must strengthen checking for hazardous containers. If found missing of hazardous label, Captain has the right to refuse loading the containers. Evidence will be documented in order to claim to shipper.
Vessel must strengthen the daily inspection for hazardous containers. If found missing/damage of hazardous label because of bad weather, please report to lines operation member and hazardous desk timely. Evidence will be documented in order to claim to related party.
Local port can prepare some hazardous labels in advance, so that the labels will be supplied timely when hazardous label missing occurs. Evidence will be documented in order to claim to related party.
Port of Nantong
According to the latest notice from Nantong Port, Nantong port has stopped accepting hazardous cargo, including all exported and imported hazardous cargo. This is subject to further notice when the port will resume normal.
Port of Jinzhou
According to the notice by Jinzhou port, below is required as follows in order to ensure safe handling:
- Booking by real name.
- Empty Tank for storage or discharging, need provide cleaning certificate.
- Full Tank for storage or discharging, need provide non-dg test certificate.
- Declare the cargo name and position on ship to terminal in advance for the transshipment dangerous cargo
- Random checking for hazardous containers will be done by port authority.
Port of Xiamen
Xiamen Ocean Gate Container Terminal – (Cosco facility code: XMN09)
Due to renovation and equipment upgrading of Xiamen Port, Xiamen Ocean Gate Container Terminal will not accept hazardous cargo until further notice. If the hazardous cargo to this terminal is already accepted and loaded on a vessel, it will be operated as usual.
(Xiamen Xinhaida Container Terminal – (Cosco facility code: XMN42)
Xiamen Xinhaida Container Terminal will stop accepting all hazardous cargo, including re-stow operations for hazardous cargo effective from Sept 1st, 2015.
Port of Yangzhou
Cosco facility code: YZH01
According to the notice by Yangzhou port, Yangzhou port requires as follows in order to ensure safe handling, effective from August 19th, 2015.
As per the operation qualification of Yangzhou Port, Yangzhou Port can only accept handling hazardous of Class 2.2, 3, 5.1, 8, 9. Hazardous in other Class is prohibited.
Complete hazardous information should be provided when doing cargo declaration. If found false declaration or concealed declaration, the container will be rejected for loading/discharging. Shipper shall bear all related costs.
All the hazardous containers (excluding haz battery of Class 8), should be sent to the port warehouse at the day of vessel ETA. If the hazardous container is sent in advance, port will reject handling.
Port of Yingkou
Yingkou Container Terminal Co., Ltd. (Cosco Facility Code YIK01)
Due to safety equipment upgrading of Yingkou Container Terminal, YIK01 will stop accepting all hazardous cargo for handling and storage in warehouse effective from August 22nd, 2015. This is subject to further notice when the port resumes normal.
Yingkou New Century Terminal Co., Ltd. (Cosco Facility code: YIK04)
Due to safety equipment upgrading of Yingkou New Century Terminal, YIK04 will stop accepting all hazardous cargo, including all exporting and importing hazardous cargo (excluding Haitong’s hazardous battery of Class 8). Effective from August 14th, 2015. This is subject to further notice when the port resumes normal.
Port of Yantai
Yantai Container Terminal (Cosco facility code: YNT01)
Effective immediately, no hazardous cargo is accepted.
Yantai International Container Terminal (Cosco facility code: YNT02)
Effective immediately, will not accept hazardous cargo Potassium Nitrate and Thiourea Dioxide. For hazardous cargo, need MSDS and transport history for pre-approval. If the hazardous commodity has not transport history to this terminal, it will be rejected for handling.
Port of Taicang
Cosco Taicang Terminal Co., Ltd. (Cosco facility code: TAG01)
Taicang hazardous warehouse cannot provide storage service due to no qualification. All hazardous cargo must be loaded/delivered direct.
Port of Dafeng
Dafeng Harbor Port Co., Ltd. (Cosco facility code: DFE01)
This terminal has stopped accepting all hazardous cargo effective immediately.
Port of Lianyungang
Lianyungang China Shipping Container Terminal (Cosco facility code: LYG01)
Port Lianyungang will stop accepting hazardous cargo from Sept 1st through Oct 31st. For hazardous cargo already on board, the hazardous information must be sent to the terminal to check whether it can be operated at Lianyungang.
Port of Shantou
Shantou Port Container Terminal (Cosco facility code: SWA01)
This terminal has stopped accepting all hazardous cargo effective immediately. Hazardous cargo is allowed for transshipment, but prohibited for re-stow operation.
Shantou International Container Terminal (Cosco facility code: SWA05)
This terminal will stop accepting all hazardous cargo effective from August 26th, 2015.
Port of Zhongshan
Zhongshan International Container Terminal (Cosco facility code: ZSN01)
This terminal will stop accepting all hazardous cargo effective from August 29th, 2015.
Port of Huangpu
Guangzhou Container Terminal Corp., Ltd. (Cosco facility code: HUA09)
Old Port Wuchongkou Sinotrans Warehouse and terminal (Cosco facility code: WUC01)
These terminals have stop accepting all hazardous cargo (excluding Class 8 and Class 9) for storage, and requires direct loading and delivery effective August 21st, 2015.
Port of Fuzhou
All terminals in Fuzhou has stopped accepting all hazardous cargoes including Mawei Terminal (Cosco facility codes: FOC03, FOC04), Qingzhou Terminal (Cosco facility code: FOC01) and Jiangyin Terminal (Cosco facility code: FZN01) effective from August 29th.
Port of Zhuhai
All terminals in Zhuhai have stopped accepting all hazardous cargoes, including Jiuzhou Terminal (Cosco facility code: ZHU01), Xiyu Terminal (Cosco facility code: Zuh07) and Gaolan Terminal (Cosco facility code: GLA01), effective immediately.