Tianjin caught up in China’s war on smog

15 Feb 2017
China's war on smog could stop Tianjin from handling coal. Credit: Oceaneering.

China's war on smog could stop Tianjin from handling coal. Credit: Oceaneering.

Radical steps to tackle air quality in China’s most polluted cities could have ramifications for the Port of Tianjin, Reuters has reported.

A draft policy document seen by the newswire revealed that China is considering forcing steel and aluminium producers to cut more output, banning coal in one of the country’s top ports, and shutting a number of fertiliser and drug plants as Beijing intensifies its war on smog.

Specifically, the document outlines plans to cut steel and fertiliser capacity by at least half and aluminium capacity by at least 30% in 28 cities across five regions from late November to late February.

Currently, Tianjin is the key hub for trading 100m tonnes of seaborne coal and domestic coal that flows south from Inner Mongolia annually.

However, the proposed measures to tackle air pollution in China could mean that by July, Tianjin would no longer be handling coal. Shipments would instead be diverted to Tangshan, which would shift large volumes of coal transport from trucks to rail, Reuters said.