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Online Isabelle Prondzynski

The Rhosus and the explosion in Beirut
« on: Aug 06, 2020, 08:55 PM »
Very good article about this horrendous and tragic event which has cost so many lives and injured so many in Beirut. Here is the role played by a fateful ship...

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/middle-east/how-a-ship-abandoned-by-its-owner-brought-deadly-cargo-to-beirut-1.4323717?
« Last Edit: Aug 07, 2020, 09:24 PM by Lynda Bradford »

Online CasinoChris

Re: The Rhosus and the explosion in Beirut
« Reply #1 on: Aug 07, 2020, 12:24 PM »
The Beirut explosion makes one wonder about potential hazards at ports visited by Cruise ships over the years.
Port Everglades, whilst being a very busy cruise port contains the USA's second largest storage facility for Gasoline and aviation fuel, folks who worked at the port commented that if that lot went up it would destroy half of the city!
« Last Edit: Aug 07, 2020, 09:24 PM by Lynda Bradford »

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: The Rhosus and the explosion in Beirut
« Reply #2 on: Aug 07, 2020, 10:15 PM »
The poor Rhosus... she was on her last legs when she limped into Beirut in 2013 to make an unplanned stop in the Lebanon, got arrested and, after waiting, sank in 2015...

She was innocent of the massive explosion that happened this week, five years later. This was caused by the cargo she had brought, which was impounded in the Lebanon, taken off the ship and wrongly stored, against the advice of everyone who cared at all.

Here are a couple more articles about the ship :

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-53683082
https://www.timesofisrael.com/lead-up-to-beirut-blast-a-russian-businessman-a-decrepit-ship-a-single-spark/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/06/beirut-blast-timeline-what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-explosion-lebanon

And her basic Wikipedia article :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Rhosus

Who would have thought, even a month ago, that we would ever take an interest in this decrepit ship?