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Marine safety bulletin addresses possibility of vessel and cargo contamination after Tianjin port explosion

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The US Coast Guard has issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 007/15 to address the possibility of vessel and cargo contamination following the recent explosions in Tianjin, China.

The MSIB does not place any blanket restrictions on vessels or cargo that were in Tianjin at the time of the explosions, but notes that there are concerns about the possibility of hazardous residues from debris or ash that may have been deposited on vessel decks or in cargo holds and/or on containers and cargo.

The MSIB reminds vessel operators and masters of their obligation under existing Coast Guard regulations to notify the nearest US Coast Guard Captain of the Port if the vessel operator or master becomes aware of a condition of the vessel or cargo that may present a hazard.

Examples of situations in which reporting would be required include the presence of an ill person on board, or the presence of an unknown substance or hazardous ash, debris or residue on the vessel or cargo.

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