Today marks the first anniversary of the horrendous explosion in the Port of Beirut. More than 200 people were killed and 7,000 injured when 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in Beirut’s port on 4 August 2020. The blast displaced 300,000 people and caused widespread destruction and devastation, damaging a major part of the port and buildings up to 20km away.
As Lebanon commemorates this anniversary, our thoughts lie with our friends and colleagues at Beirut Container Terminal Consortium (BCTC). The workforce of BCTC has to cope with the physical and mental trauma of working in an eyeshot of the aftermath whilst also contending the strains and stress of life in the Covid 19 pandemic. Despite the trauma of losing friends and colleagues, they have kept the Beirut Container Terminal going through the past year. Our gratitude and appreciation go out to all of them as their efforts ensure that containerised goods continue to move through Beirut Port.