From China Economic Net website July 20, 2 weeks before huge explosion: TIANJIN PORT TO BLOSSOM

Image: The Blaze
In the aftermath. Image: The Blaze

I am guessing that the powers that be in China didn’t think Tianjin would “blossom” into a fireball of such massive size that it could be seen from space.

(From China Economic Net)

n the past 15 years, it has created “Tianjin port speed” that is rare in the world’s port history and grown to be the world’s fourth and Northern China’s largest port. With multiple favorable policies such as “One Belt and One Road”, Free Trade Zone and Binhai New Area, the large seaport, with a century’ history, is ready to embrace the opportunities and continue the resplendence.

“At present, we have 120 container liner freight courses, over 500 voyages per month, and trade contacts with over 180 countries and regions in the world.” What makes Kong Weidong, Deputy Head of Container Business Department, Tianjin Port Group, feel really proud is that the largest and most advanced container vessel in the world can go in and out the harbor district freely, Tianjin Port has marched into “large vessel era”.

“Large vessel era” means speed and efficiency for the port. Currently there is obvious trend of large-size vessel in shipping industry, which raises higher requirements on the freight course construction, equipment renewal and management capacity of ports. “The one who can keep up in time will be able to grasp the chance for development as well as the shipping market”. Chen Tao, Head of Propaganda Department of Party Committee, Tianjin Port Group, said that Tianjin port can renew the market “records” continuously because of constant innovation.

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