Three major harbors in Taiwan began an inventory check on all of the containers to make sure if they contain similar explosive that caused the explosion in Beirut. Materials that are classified as "highly dangerous" are required to leave the ports within 24 hours.
On Aug. 6, Wan Hai Lines began removing its 28 containers holding ammonium nitrate from the Port of Taichung's No. 34 Wharf. The company was asked by the Port of Taichung to remove all its ammonium nitrate following the explosions caused by the compound in Lebanese capital Beirut on Aug. 4. The last two containers were removed by Aug. 12.
All of them were removed from Wan Hai Lines' container depot (by the night of Aug. 12). It can keep containers here for five days.
The Port of Taichung said ammonium nitrate is not classified as "dangerous" cargo under Article 25 of the Commercial Port Law, and containers are normally stored at the port for five days. There is no limit on how long they can be stored there. Following the Beirut explosions, Taiwan International Ports Corporation took an inventory of ammonium nitrate containers at Taiwan's ports. As of Aug. 6, there were 53 in the three main ports, 11 in the Port of Keelung, 14 in the Port of Kaohsiung, and 28 in the Port of Taichung. Since then, all have been shipped. On Aug. 13, eight new containers arrived at the Port of Kaohsiung. The average turnaround time is two to three days and up to one week.
It isn't classified as a highly hazardous material that needs to be depart within 24 hours. Our ports have special temporary holding areas for hazardous materials. The Maritime Port Bureau carries out inspections, as do we, and if we discover any issues, we request immediate improvement.
The company said the explosions in Beirut were the result of insufficient safety management. Although Taiwan's ports do not have a ceiling on how much ammonium nitrate can be stored, they will manage this compound as a dangerous material. Highly hazardous materials are required to depart ports within 24 hours, and violators are fined NT$100,000 to NT$500,000.