Explosion at Port of Beirut: Ocean Carriers suspend services
The explosion that occurred August 5th, 2020 at the port of Beirut has been all over international headlines. According to multiple media outlets, the massive explosion caused 135 deaths, more than 4,000 injuries, and has left roughly 300,000 people homeless within the Lebanese capital.
President Michel Aoun stated that the explosion was caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a chemical used in fertilizer and explosives, which was being unsafely stored within a warehouse at the port. Click here to read the full BBC article.
Due to the immense damage caused by the blast, many ocean carriers are suspending port calls and Beirut shipping services entirely until further notice. This will cause delays for all shipments that were calling to the port of Beirut as they must now be rerouted elsewhere.
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