BEIRUT – A German company is ready to remove hazardous materials stored in dozens of containers in Beirut port, the German Ambassador to Lebanon said Saturday, following efforts to secure the facility after the August 4, 2020 explosion that destroyed the port and much of the city. .
Ambassador Andreas Kindl tweeted that maintenance at the Beirut port for 52 containers of “dangerous and dangerous chemicals” had been completed. He added that the material was ready to be shipped to Germany.
The decision to remove the material followed the August explosion triggered by nearly 3,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive component of the fertilizer, which has languished in ports for years. The explosion killed 211 people, injured more than 6,000 and destroyed parts of the capital.
In November, Lebanon signed an agreement with Germany’s Combi Lift to maintain and ship containers made up of overseas. The deal is worth $ 3.6 million, of which port authorities in Lebanon will pay $ 2 million with the German government taking on the remainder.
Kindl said the treated materials had become a threat to people in Beirut.
Since the August explosion and the massive fires in the port a few weeks later, authorities have been concerned about the hazardous material remaining in the facility. A month after the explosion, the Lebanese army said military experts were called in for inspection and found 4.35 tonnes of ammonium nitrate being ejected and destroyed.