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Argentine port blast kills one, injures others - China's COFCO

Logistic News - Published on Wed, 03 Jan 2018

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Reuters reported that an explosion at a grains terminal in Argentina owned by China’s COFCO International killed one employee, injured others and affected shipping activities from one of the world’s top food suppliers. The cause of the blast is not yet known but it could have an outsized impact on the flow of food exports from Argentina as unions representing grains inspectors and crushing workers said they would go on strike on Thursday to demand better safety conditions.

Television images showed thick black smoke billowing from what COFCO described as a 52,000-square-meter grains processing plant. The facility is part of Argentina’s shipping hub of Rosario, on the Parana River in Santa Fe province.

The Chinese state-run conglomerate said in a statement “COFCO International can confirm that an explosion occurred at the loading area of its facilities at Puerto General San Martin in Rosario.”

One employee died in the blast, the statement said, and eight others were taken to hospital for treatment.

The statement said that “The cause of the incident is not yet known.” Police, firefighters and other authorities provided no additional details.

It said that “The affected site has been shut down,” adding that COFCO had launched “a full internal investigation.” The storage and crushing facility received 27,000 tonnes of grain per day. It has grains warehousing capacity of 295,000 tonnes and soymeal storage capacity is 105,000 tonnes.

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Wed, 03 Jan 2018
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