Mozambique denies responsibility for Beirut blast

66370cfe A7c8 494e 9323 B294186576e3 The ammonium nitrate exploded in a warehouse in Beirut's port, killing more than 200 people

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 Source: bbc.com

Mozambique's government has finally reacted to reports that the ammonium nitrate which caused a huge deadly explosion in Lebanon earlier this month was on its way to Mozambique.

The Deputy Justice Minister Filimao Suazi confirmed that the chemical was meant to come to Mozambique.

But he denied that anyone in Mozambique was responsible for the explosion, instead pointing the finger at Beirut's port authorities.

The ship, the MV Rhosus, had set out from Batumi, Georgia, in late September 2013, destined for Beira, in Mozambique.

The document acknowledging receipt of cargo lists the customer as the International Bank of Mozambique, acting on behalf of a small Mozambique firm specialising in the manufacture of commercial explosives.

But money troubles meant the ship stopped off at the port in Lebanon's capital Beirut to pick up more cargo to raise funds.

But when the cargo - heavy rollers for building roads - was loaded the ship's deck hatches started to buckle causing a delay.

During this delay, Lebanese authorities intervened.

According to the Lloyd’s List intelligence database, the ship was eventually seized on 4 February 2014, due to unpaid bills totalling $100,000 (£130,000).

Some time later - it’s not clear when - the ship’s dangerous cargo was also removed.

On 4 August 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored unsafely in a port warehouse detonated, killing more than 200 people.

Source: bbc.com
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