Beirut Explosion Caused By Fertilizer From Russian Ship


The reports from the Russian media on Wednesday has announced that the massive explosion in Beirut which has killed about a hundred people and injured thousands was caused by fertilizer seized from a Russian-owned cargo ship.

The ship, identified as Rhosus, came to the port of Beirut six years ago due to a malfunction while en route to Africa, with a cargo of about 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, the Lebanese news outlet LBCI reported, without disclosing the vessel’s ownership.

According to reports from the Russian news outlet RBC, the vessel, en route from the Georgian city of Batumi to Mozambique, was owned by a Russian national, Igor Grechushkin, born in Russia’s far-eastern Khabarovsk region and residing in Cyprus.

Following the malfunction, Grechushkin effectively abandoned the vessel in Beirut, failing to adequately pay the crew, RBC reported, citing crew members who had worked on the ship.

The hazardous cargo was reportedly offloaded to a warehouse, where it remained for years.

A fire erupted during welding work at the facility on Tuesday, leading to the explosion, LBCI reported.

Source; Tale Tela

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