The heavy cargo ship named Amoenitas, operated by Combi Lift, arrived in Beirut to ship 59 containers of hazardous waste to Germany. It was understood that Lebanon's hazardous materials disposal capacity was limited, and therefore Germany stepped in for the disposal of waste.
"Combi Lift has been crucial in preventing further harm to the inhabitants of Beirut by cleaning hazardous material in the port," said German ambassador to Lebanon Andreas Kindl.
The waste's presence at the port of Beirut predated the explosion, and it had been sitting for years. According to The National, the majority of the removed containers are carrying hydrochloric acid, a common industrial chemical used for a wide variety of applications.
The head of the Lebanese-German Business Council, Elias Assouad, told the outlet that the port has now been cleaned of "all toxic, cancerous, flammable and highly reactive chemicals that have been stored here for decades." The removal marks a step forward for the port's long process to rebuild infrastructure and return to normalcy.
There are several competing proposals for cleaning up and rebuilding the site, including an ambitious bid by a German consortium led by Hamburg Port Consulting and the real estate firm Colliers International. This team has proposed an ambitious $7.2 billion plan to relocate many of the port's warehouses away from the downtown waterfront and redevelop the area with "a mix of different residential buildings."
Source: Maritime Executive (Click for further of the article)