Parts of Dalian port in northeast China have reopened, as clean-up operations continue following an explosion on 16 July, which was caused after a catalyst was added to a crude oil storage tank while an oil tanker was unloading, the Ministry of Transport states.
The resultant explosion saw an oil spill spanning 70 square miles of sea.
Dalian Port, which operates Chinas largest crude-oil terminal, said ground operations at its oil terminal restarted on 20 July and the company will take active measures to resume vessel loading and unloading operations in the near future.
The cleanup of the spill has been delayed by heavy rain and strong winds that forced many of the 800 fishing boats that joined the effort to withdraw. Authorities aim to finish the work before 24 July.
Local authorities had restricted access to the port as part of the cleanup efforts. The oil terminal was closed and a PetroChina Co. refinery was forced to draw on crude stockpiles.
China National Petroleum Corp. had diverted a very large crude carrier away from the port. The oil company has four other tankers of the same class scheduled to arrive in Dalian in the next two weeks and may also have to divert those.