China’s Dalian Port Resumes Operations at Two Oil Berths

The port is slowly resuming business after the oil spill last week, MarketWatch reports:

Dalian Port Co. (2880.HK) said Sunday it resumed operations at two of its oil berths with a combined berthing capacity of 230,000 deadweight tons, and will reopen a 300,000 dwt berth in the “near future,” after it was required to cease the berths’ operation following an oil pipeline explosion July 16.

Investigations by China’s State Administration of Work Safety and Ministry of Public Security indicate the explosion occurred as workers from a third-party service provider continued to inject strongly oxidizing desulfurizer into a pipeline after a 300,000 dwt tanker had finished unloading its oil, the company said in a statement.

Watch a report from Al Jazeera:

And from an opinion piece in Global Times:

Apart from the incident itself, nothing seems to be affecting the business of CNPC at all. The latest news about CNPC is that the clean-up work is almost over and pay raises for CNPC employees have been increasing at a tempting speed over the last few years despite the company’s earnings tumble.

There are few follow-up results on the subsequent treatment and countermeasures that CNPC is planning to take, or a comprehensive analysis of the accident, and not even a simple apology for the inconvenience and environmental pollution the accident has caused.

It is astonishing how a State-owned company can get back on its feet again in such a short time after a big explosion and oil spill. People will probably forget about it as soon as the news stories fade away.


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