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World Explosion in Beirut. The owner and the captain of the ship carrying the nitrate under an arrest warrant

01:40  02 october  2020
01:40  02 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Beirut Governor Marwan Abboud said as many as 300,000 people had been made temporarily homeless and Ammonium nitrate has been associated with deadly industrial accidents. In 1947, a ship carrying 2 A fire appears to have triggered the explosion of the ammonium nitrate in Beirut .

Beirut was declared a "disaster city" by authorities on Wednesday, in the wake of a huge explosion in the port of the Lebanese capital that left at least 135 people dead and 5,000 injured. The number of deaths is expected to climb amid ongoing search and rescue efforts.

Un navire détruit par l'explosion à proximité du port de Beyrouth, le 30 septembre 2020. © WAEL HAMZEH / EPA-EFE A ship destroyed by the explosion near the port of Beirut, September 30, 2020.

An arrest warrant against the owner and captain of the vessel involved in the explosion at the port of Beirut in early August was issued Thursday by the investigating judge.

The judge in charge of the investigation into the explosion at the port of Beirut in early August, which left more than 190 dead, issued an arrest warrant targeting the owner and the captain of the ship that transported the substance to the origin of the powerful explosion, said Thursday a judicial source.

The explosion, caused by a fire, on August 4 of several hundred tons of ammonium nitrate stored for six years in a warehouse in the port of the Lebanese capital also left more than 6,500 injured and devastated entire districts of the city.

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The explosion that devastated Beirut has been linked to a mishandled ammonium nitrate cargo confiscated from a The captain of the ship and four other crew members were detained in Beirut and had to spend 11 Captain Boris Prokoshev filed a complaint against the ship owner in 2014, in

It was carrying 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate , which typically comes in the form of small pellets that are widely used as agricultural fertiliser but Mr Prokoshev told the BBC on Friday that the Rhosus only stopped off in Beirut because its owner had money trouble. The captain said he was told the

The cargo was seized in November 2013 on a vessel flying the Moldovan flag, which left Georgia for Mozambique. "Rhosus" had docked at Beirut due to "technical issues" , according to Lebanese law firm Baroudi & Associates, which represents the ship's crew.

2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate

Port authorities unloaded 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate and stored them in a dilapidated warehouse with cracked walls, according to Lebanese officials, while the "Rhosus" - after the launching of proceedings against the owner - ended up sinking at the port of Beirut in 2018.

Judge “Fadi Sawan issued two arrest warrants against the owner of the Rhosus […] as well as against the captain of the boat” , indicated the judicial source, without specifying their identities.

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The vessel carrying 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate from Georgia's Batumi to Mozambique made an unscheduled stop in Beirut in September 2013 due The owner , according to the sailors, abandoned the ship : creditors' lawyers received three arrest warrants for the Rhosus, which operated under the

Ship 's captain tells The Independent of ill-fated voyage that ended with ammonium nitrate being piled up in Beirut 's port, and the businessman who came up The first time was before the businessman took ownership of the ship , and was inspecting it in Lanarka port. The second, during a stopover in

"He transmitted them to the prosecutor, who communicated them to Interpol asking him to issue an international opinion for their arrest" , she continued, specifying that this decision came one month after the displacement of a Lebanese delegation to speak with the owner in Cyprus where he resides.

Who is the real owner?

According to an investigation by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), a consortium of investigative journalists, the owner of "Rhosus" was Charalambos Manoli, a Cypriot shipping tycoon. What he denies.

Cypriot police said two days after the explosion they questioned Igor Grechushkin, a Russian living in Cyprus, at the request of the Lebanese authorities. Several media reported that he hired the "Rhosus" . The ship's captain was identified in the press as Boris Prokochev, a Russian citizen.

Lebanon has refused to open an international investigation into the explosion, but foreign experts, including Americans and French, are contributing to the Lebanese investigation. At this point 25 people have been arrested, including senior officials from the port and customs authorities.

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