Port of Beirut suffers massive explosion

The Port of Beirut,Lebanon suffered a massive explosion on Tuesday, 4th August, Lebanese authorities confirmed that at least 78 people have been killed and some 4,000 wounded.


While the exact cause of the explosion was not immediately clear, officials have linked it to explosive materials that were confiscated and then stored in a warehouse.

In a televised speech, Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab promised announcements about “this dangerous warehouse that has been in existence for six years, since 2014.”

CMA CGM Group has put in place an operational organisation plan to establish a logistics hub in Tripoli. All ships are diverted to Tripoli or other terminals in the region until further notice. In order to maintain business continuity, the Group has organized three recovery sites, of which two are in Beirut and one in Tripoli.

Hapag-Lloyd has cancelled the Beirut call of the Fleur N in its Levante Express (LEX) service, with the Beirut import cargo on board to be discharged at Damietta, Egypt.

MSC confirmed that calls at Beirut Container Terminal are currently being omitted. The company has implemented contingency arrangements for cargo due to be loaded/discharged in Beirut until normal operations resume. These arrangements include alternative port calls (such as Gioia Tauro, Tekirdag, Mersin, Piraeus) and alternative loading and discharge operations.

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