Explosion Port of Beirut

In the early 1970s we carried seismic charges from Singapore to Sorong. The main charges were ammonium nitrate packed in cylinders of cardboard… Secondary charges and blasting caps to set it off were carried separately.
The whole thing were treated as explosives, requiring a “magazine” made of wood with rice bags stowed around it. Armed guard at loading and discharging.
Loading ammonium nitrate fertilizer in bags were just ordinary cargo. No special stowage or other precautions.

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The former Owner of the vessel that brought ammonium nitrate cargo to Beirut in 2014 has been questioned by the police at Cyprus:

PS> I have not seen anything about who owned the stuff, who paid for the storage, or if anybody had tried to lay claim to it (??)

Nobody in their right mind or lawyer blanket would claim ownership.

Agree, but is there anything left to own??

The explosion was so strong it seems to have caused a small tanker called the Amadeo II to have been propelled from the water onto the quayside, hopefully there wasn’t anyone on the boat when it happened.

Initially I thought maybe it was on the quay intentionally for some kind of dry docking before it was severely damaged, lifted out with cranes, but if you see the before and after image where it has landed was a warehouse before, I think it was berthed right next to where the big crater is and forced out the water by the explosion.

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The ship docked in Ukraine, which was previously named Seabreeze before a Florida company registered as Pilin Fleet Management LLC purchased it in 2018, and renamed it Trump D ,

trumpboat

You would think that the Trump D was the most trump themed vessel on the water, but sadly you would be wrong…

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Is it sailing away from military service & any responsibility???

Not only me who are asking questions about the ownership of the Ammonia Nitrate that was stored in a warehouse in Beirut Port for 6 years:


It doesn’t answer the question of who, if any, paid the storage fee??

The news I read was the gov confiscated it from a vessel and stored it in the warehouse several years ago.
Vessel owner abandoned the vessel.
Everyone pointed out that was a risk but they could never decide what to do with it, I guess that problem is now solved.
There are some shipping post with the data from loading to arriving in country

Yes all that is detailed in the article I linked to. (If you read it)
The question of ownership at time of explosion is not answered though.

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if you confiscate cargo most gov will sell it hence proving the title changes to the gov

Yes that is one of the questions asked in the article. Lots of claim for damages is expected, but nobody admit ownership of the cargo.
Who actually confiscated it, or ordered it discharged and stored? Are they automatically then the Owners and, if so, do they have have any economical responsibility for damages caused?

PS> Moral responsibility does not necessarily equate economical responsibility.

yes lots of good questions but its after a long period?
I never worked in freight but I will ask a buddy from one of the major lines.

Oh dear Jaysus Mary and Joseph…

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Where is the fire?

That would be his personal ride, right?

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That sounds like the most probable cause.