SINGAPORE – About 113 vessels are anchored in the sea off Tianjin port in northern China, days after explosions at a hazardous-chemicals warehouse there killed at least 112 people and injured more than 700.
There were 68 bulk carriers, 26 dry cargo and passenger ships and 11 tankers anchored outside the port as of Monday morning, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The total includes eight ships used to support floating platforms in the sea. That compares with 110 vessels anchored offshore on Aug. 14.
The Aug. 12 blasts caused the port’s northern wharf to be closed to vessels carrying oil and hazardous products. Toyota Motor Corp. will shut three of its production lines in China through Aug. 19 because of evacuation advisories still in effect, while companies with local units such as U.S. agricultural-machinery maker Deere & Co. said facilities were damaged or operations affected.
Tianjin has the world’s 10th-busiest container port and is a gateway to northern China for metal ore, coal, automobiles and crude oil.
A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S said last week its terminal operating arm’s venture in Tianjin port sustained minor damage from the blast.
Carmakers such as Renault SA, Volkswagen AG and Mazda Motor Corp. reported damage to vehicles stored at the port. Singamas Container Holdings Ltd. said its logistics subsidiary, located about 800 km from the blasts, was damaged and it has not been able to contact one employee.
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