The owner of the vessel Rhosus, ammonium nitrate which exploded in the port of Beirut are officially listed Bulgarian company. It is reported RIA Novosti with reference to the Chairman of the far Eastern regional organization of the Russian trade Union of seamen (rpsm) Nikolay Sukhanov.
According to him, register the owner of the ship is the company Briar Wood Corporation. Sukhanov said that the ship went under the flag of convenience Moldova. He notes that when using a “flag of convenience” of the true owner of the vessel is very difficult to find, and often are made documents that did not allow him to be responsible. Thus, even if you need to find the official owner of the securities is not possible.
Earlier it became known that the ship Rhosus belonged to the Russians. It was carrying nitrate from Batumi to Mozambique, but made an unscheduled stop in Lebanon due to technical problems. After checking the port authorities forbade him to return to the sea. Grechushkin became bankrupt and actually threw the crew — sailors from Russia and Ukraine had about a year to be in Beirut. It is alleged that now former owner of the vessel resides in Cyprus.
A powerful explosion occurred in the port area on the evening of 4 August. The damage done to the many quarters of the city, the blast were hurt, the Embassy of Russia. According to the latest data, injured more than 4 thousand people, at least 300 thousand lost their homes. Found the bodies of more than a hundred dead.
In law enforcement bodies of Lebanon said that the explosion happened at the time of welding. The Prime Minister of Lebanon Hassan Diyab said that the explosion occurred due to storage in a warehouse in the seaport capital of 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate for six years. When this volatile substance was there no preventive measures and threatened the security of citizens, said Diyab.