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Authorities have lifted a partial ban on maritime traffic at major ports in Dalian, 4 days after a pipeline explosion caused an oil spill in the area.
The Maritime Affairs Administration of Liaoning Province says ports in Dalian were fully re-opened to traffic as of 5 PM local time on Tuesday. Authorities say waterways affected by the oil spill have been largely cleared for shipping to resume.
Dalian lies at the heart of northeast China's crude oil production base, and is considered the country's vital oil transshipment hub. But local officials say oil shipments will not be immediately restored.
Chinese petroleum companies' tankers are reducing oil shipments from Dalian to southern Chinese provinces. Refineries are also rolling back operations following the blasts, and awaiting the cleanup to be completed.
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