Tianjin, China – Potential safety hazards in storage stations at the Tianjin Port had been revealed in a 2013 inspection by Tianjin Maritime Safety Administration (TMSA), according to posts on the Administration’s website.
The inspection examined five storage stations, including that of Ruihai Logistics where the blasts happened. Five cases of breaches were identified among Ruihai’s 4325 containers, showing a breach rate of 0.12 percent, lower than three inspected stations.
The results also showed 82 percent of the breaches are related to inconsistencies between a facility’s designed use and the materials actually stored, in terms of class and quantity.
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 TMSA-designated storage station for hazardous materials. It was set up in 2011 with 50 million yuan (€7 million) registered capital. The company hires 90 employees and collects over 30 million yuan yearly revenue with 1 million tonne/year throughput, says its website.