The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the country's regulator has ordered Chinese carriers, airports and ground handling agencies to tighten security checks and cargo airlines to improve management of dangerous substances after the massive explosions in Tianjin Port on August 12.
The orders apply to 204 airports and 56 airlines, following directions from the central government, according to the CAAC. In the announcement the authority asked airlines, airports and ground
handling agencies to carry out much stricter checks to cargo and mail carried by air.
In addition, the regulator reiterated rules and guidelines for passengers carrying lithium batteries and charge storage devices, which could pose risk to flight safety. Moreover, matches and cigarette lighter are forbidden to be carried on flights.
China tightens controls
The CAAC required its regional authorities and supervision units to strengthen supervision and administration of dangerous goods transport, to ensure the safety in the transportation of dangerous goods by air, according to the announcement.
The explosion in port of Tianjin occurred when toxic chemicals in a warehouse owned by logistics company Rui Hai International Logistics Co. Ltd. were somehow ignited on the evening of Aug. 12 severely damaging the Port, which is the third largest harbor in China, and fourth largest globally in terms of total cargo throughput. The port is the second largest port for the import and export of automobiles in China.
Nol van Fenema