BEIRUT — Lebanese investigators are understood to be probing why the MV Rhosus — a substandard vessel burdened with 2,750 tonnes of hazardous ammonium nitrate — was procured in 2013 to ferry heavy seismic survey machinery out of Beirut Port. Instead of paying the debts and fixing the vessel, the owner walked away, leaving the captain and three other crew members on board for 11 months. At some point, Prokoshev said, he sold some of the ship's fuel and used the cash to hire lawyers, who got the crew released on compassionate grounds in 2014. He called the decision to store the material in Beirut port a "gross violation of safe storage measures, considering that ammonium nitrate loses its useful properties in six months.". Rhosus was detained … The events leading up to the catastrophic explosion in Beirut, Lebanon that killed more than 135 and injured 5,000, began in November 2013, when the cargo ship MV Rhosus, loaded with 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, made an unplanned stop in Beirut.. The lawyers' application to the court emphasized "the imminent danger the crew was facing given the 'dangerous' nature of the cargo," the lawyers wrote in a 2015 article published by shiparrested.com, a website providing information on ship arrests and releases. The data is for informational purposes only and VesselFinder is not responsible for the accuracy and reliability of RHOSUS data. Several port officials have been placed under house arrest and Lebanon’s president is promising a transparent investigation into the explosion. The ammonium nitrate was sold by Georgian fertilizer maker Rustavi Azot LLC and was to be delivered to a Mozambique explosives maker Fabrica de Explosivos. RHOSUS - 8630344 - GENERAL CARGO 8630344 RHOSUS Click to view larger image. Rhosus was detained after PSC inspection, which found a number of deficiencies. Prokoshev said the ship was carrying 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly combustible chemical compound, from Georgia to Mozambique when the order came to divert to Beirut on its way through the Mediterranean. An aerial view shows the massive damage done to Beirut port’s grain silos and the area around it on Wednesday. General cargo vessel RHOSUS called Beirut, Lebanon, in October last year. The … CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices. Getty Images. According to the ILO (International Labour Organization) database on abandoned vessels / crew, in 2018 there were 366 cases of vessels abandoned by the … Technical specifications, tonnages and management details are derived from VesselFinder database. BEIRUT – Lebanese investigators are understood to be probing why the MV Rhosus – a substandard vessel burdened with 2,750 metric tons of hazardous ammonium nitrate – … It was inspected by Port State Control officers, who found “deficiencies” and banned it from sailing. Vessel loaded with ammonium nitrate was destined for another country, the reason she called Beirut is unclear, maybe for supplies or due to some mechanical trouble. But that additional cargo proved too heavy for the Rhosus and the crew refused to take it … The Russian cargo ship Rhosus, which in September 2013 brought 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate to Lebanon, a cargo which is suspected … Ultimately, the case of the MV Rhosus is representative of a problem which afflicts many crews each year. media caption The BBC's Sarah Rainsford spoke to Boris Prokoshev, captain of the MV Rhosus The Russian-owned vessel set sail that September from Batumi, Georgia , heading to Beira, Mozambique. But the ship never left Beirut, the crew having tried and failed to safely load the additional cargo and the owners getting embroiled in a lengthy legal dispute over port fees. The vessel and cargo remain to date in port awaiting auctioning and/or proper disposal.” Six years later, that cargo may have caused a catastrophe. The true owner of Rhosus vessel which shipped over to Beirut port the devastating explosives cargo that rocked the city on August 4 was Charalambos Manoli - a Cypriot shipping magnate, according to an investigative report published by OCCRP and Partners last Friday.The article by the Organised Crime However, he said Lebanese authorities paid little attention to the ammonium nitrate, which had been stacked in the hull in large sacks. An analysis of a satellite image from February 2018 commissioned from space technology company Maxar by the New York Times showed the sunken ship a few hundred metres from the warehouse where its cargo was stored. Starting with the … Authorities believed the ship in question, MV Rhosus, belonged to a Russian businessman named Igor Grechuskhin who declared bankruptcy not long after coast guard officials in Lebanon impounded the ship for mechanical violations and transferred its dangerous cargo of chemical fertilizer to a warehouse, where it remained until it exploded in early August, killing over 120 people and … Boris Prokoshev, who was MV Rhosus’s captain at the time, stated that in 2013 the ship’s owner told him to dock in Beirut to pick up additional cargo. Igor Grechushkin, 43, who has been identified as the owner of the ship MV Rhosus, which abandoned the shipment in 2013, was questioned at his home … The retired sea captain said he was baffled earlier this week when he awoke to find an email from a journalist asking him about the Rhosus. Der Spiegel’s report further challenged the narrative that the Rhosus was on its way from Russian Georgia to Mozambique when it failed a port inspection in Beirut and got stuck there, its cargo seized after Grechushkin failed to pay its bills. Details for the ship M V Rhosus , IMO 8630339, Sailing vessel, Position Aegean Sea with current real time AIS position and ship photos by vesseltracker.com. The abandonment of the MV Rhosus (which its former captain says sunk in the port two or three years back) is another example of a ship left to rot in a port, this time in Beirut. The damage at Beirut's port, where the blast occurred, shows the full power of the explosion. The MV Rhosus arrived at the port in 2013 carrying 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate Lebanon's government has blamed the huge blast that devastated parts of … Rescuers in Lebanon recover more bodies days after massive explosion, Lebanon to probe why ammonium nitrate sat for years at Beirut port. RHOSUS - 8630344 - GENERAL CARGO 8630344 RHOSUS Click to view larger image. Authorities believed the ship in question, MV Rhosus, ... but Manoli owned the vessel all along. MV Rhosus was a general cargo ship that was abandoned in Beirut, Lebanon, after the ship was declared unseaworthy and the charterers lost interest in the cargo. A Cyprus police spokesman said an individual, whom he did not name, had been questioned at the request of Interpol Beirut in relation to the cargo. Igor Grechushkin, the Russian man variously described as the owner or the operator of the Moldovan-flagged MV Rhosus, is said to have abandoned the vessel in Lebanon after declaring bankruptcy. The ship is said to have entered Beirut port in September 2013 due to technical difficulties and was eventually banned from continuing its voyage. The huge blast killed more than 145 people, injured 5,000, flattened buildings and made more than a quarter of a million people homeless. Port fees were unpaid, and inspectors found defects in the ship. What the Beirut blast radius would look like if it occurred in Canadian port cities. The Crimean Maritime Bulletin on Wednesday confirmed the details about MV Rhosus and its cargo, elaborating that Lebanese officials impounded the ship because it failed safety inspections and prevented the crew from returning home because they were afraid they would be “left with an abandoned vessel on their hands, loaded with dangerous cargo,” a fear that evidently came true. Radio Free Europe (RFE) deduced this must be a reference to the MV Rhosus, a ship owned by Russian businessman Igor Grechushkin impounded by Lebanese officials in 2013 because the ship was suffering technical problems when it entered the Port of Beirut. Svitzer Australia’s newest tug to serve Port of Geraldton, DEME Offshore completes Moray East foundation installation, Ocean Yield ASA announces sale of handysize dry bulk vessel, Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. Acquires Two Modern Ultramax Bulkcarriers, Jumbo installs Karish FPSO mooring system while breaking its deep-water record in the process, Khalifa Port’s South Quay Now Operational. The ship might have succeeded in leaving Beirut had it managed to load the additional cargo. Boris Prokoshev, captain of the Russian-leased cargo vessel Rhosus, centre, boatswain Boris Musinchak, left, and another crew member pose in the port of Beirut in summer 2014. The ammonium nitrate cargo has been confiscated from the arrested vessel MV Rhosus, Lebanon’s Supreme Defense Council has confirmed. The vessel is en route to the port of Valletta, sailing at a speed of 12.8 knots and expected to arrive there on Dec 26, 05:00.. Her IMO number is 8630344 and MMSI number is 214181621. The crew were asked to load some heavy road equipment and take it to Jordan's Port of Aqaba before resuming their journey to Africa, where the ammonium nitrate was to be delivered to an explosives manufacturer. General cargo vessel Rhosus called Beirut, Lebanon, in October last year. The current position of RHODOS is at West Mediterranean (coordinates 36.97087 N / 1.77714 E) reported 16 hours ago by AIS. The vessel is en route to the port of Algeciras, sailing at a speed of 21.0 knots and expected to arrive there on Aug 31, 22:00. Boris Prokoshev, who was MV Rhosus’s captain at the time, confirmed in an August 5 interview with RFE/RL that the vessel had been owned by Grechushkin in 2013. Prokoshev identified the ship's owner as Russian businessman Igor Grechushkin. Russian-born Igor Grechushkin, 43, owned the 'rust bucket' cargo ship the MV Rhosus, which carried 2,750 tonnes of deadly ammonium nitrate … "I didn't understand anything," he told The Associated Press. The 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate which the ship was carrying was confiscated and brought to shore in 2014, and later contributed to the 2020 Beirut explosions. Prokoshev said the ship had a hole in the hull, and the crew, while on it, had to regularly pump water out to keep it afloat. That's why it was kept on board when we were there ... that ammonium nitrate had a very high concentration," Prokoshev said. WATCH | See some of the worst damage left by the blast: Reuters could not immediately reach Lebanon's justice minister for comment. Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem. Boris Prokoshev was serving as the captain of the MV Rhosus in 2013 when the ship—and its cargo of ammonium nitrate—became stranded at the Beirut port. The ship is said to have entered Beirut port in September 2013 due to technical difficulties and was eventually banned from continuing its voyage. WATCH | An explosives expert explains what made ship's cargo so dangerous: A senior representative for Fabrica de Explosivos did not immediately respond when sent a request for comment on LinkedIn. IMO number: 8630344: Name of the ship: RHOSUS: Type of ship: GENERAL CARGO: MMSI: 214181621: Gross tonnage: 1900 tons: DWT: 3226 tons: Year of build: 1986: Builder: TOKUOKA SHIPBUILDING - SANMU, JAPAN: Flag: MOLDOVA : Home port: … Russian-owned general cargo vessel Rhosus set sail from Georgia to Mozambique in September 2013, carrying 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate. The crew was required to load heavy road equipment and transport it to the Jordanian port of Aqaba, then resume their journey to Mozambique. Attempts to contact Grechushkin were unsuccessful. Luqman Salim, a Lebanese The timeline and size of the cargo suggest it was taken from the MV Rhosus, according to the Associated Press, as well as Lebanon’s LBCI, citing … IMO number: 8630344: Name of the ship: RHOSUS: Type of ship: GENERAL CARGO: MMSI: 214181621: Gross tonnage: 1900 tons: DWT: 3226 tons: Year of build: 1986: Builder: TOKUOKA SHIPBUILDING - SANMU, JAPAN: Flag: MOLDOVA : Home port: … "It was impossible," said Prokoshev, 70, of the operation to try and load the extra cargo, speaking by phone from his home in the Russian resort town of Sochi on the Black Sea coast. The captain of the ship, the MV Rhosus, has previously been named as a Russian national, and its owner a Russian national based in Cyprus. The head of Beirut port and the head of customs said that several letters were sent to the judiciary asking for the material be removed, but no action was taken. The roughly 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate the ship was carrying was later confiscated and brought to shore and helped fuel the 2020 Beirut explosions MV Rhosus was a general cargo ship that was abandoned in Beirut, Lebanon, after the ship was declared unseaworthy and the charterers lost interest in the cargo. They did not care about the cargo at all," he said. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. But local authorities, the Lebanese, should be punished. According to Prokoshev, the ship had been leaking but was seaworthy when it sailed into Beirut in September 2013. Once the crew left, the ammonium nitrate was unloaded. I thought maybe they were sending me money, my salary.". Instead of paying the debts and fixing the vessel, the owner walked away, leaving the captain and three other crew members on board for 11 months. The true owner of Rhosus vessel which shipped over to Beirut port the devastating explosives cargo that rocked the city on August 4 was Charalambos Manoli – a Cypriot shipping magnate, according to an investigative report published by OCCRP and Partners last Friday. The former captain of the MV Rhosus, Boris Prokoshev, identified Igor Grechushkin as the owner of the ship in an interview with the Russian edition … The vessel RHOSUS (IMO: 8630344 ) is a General Cargo Ship built in 1986 (34 years old) and The current position of RHODOS is at Caribbean Sea (coordinates 10.86357 N / 75.4921 W) reported 4 days ago by AIS. The 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate which the ship was carrying was confiscated and brought to shore in 2014, and later contributed to the 2020 Beirut explosions. The vessel’s deadly cargo had been purchased from the country of Georgia by a Mozambican firm that produces commercial explosives, via a British middleman trading firm linked to Ukraine. BEIRUT – Lebanese investigators are understood to be probing why the MV Rhosus – a substandard vessel burdened with 2,750 metric tons of hazardous ammonium nitrate – was procured in 2013 to ferry heavy seismic survey machinery out of Beirut Port.. Vessel RHOSUS is a cargo ship sailing under the flag of Moldova. In 2013, after it became clear the additional cargo could not be accommodated, Lebanese authorities impounded the vessel for failing to pay port fees. Prokoshev said … In 2013, Lebanese port authorities impounded the MV Rhosus, a ship owned by a Russian businessman. The massive explosion in Beirut in photos, Beirut blast a 'knockout punch' after succession of crippling blows to Lebanon. Levan Burdiladze, the Rustavi Azot plant director, told Reuters that his company had only operated the chemical factory for the last three years and so he could not confirm whether the ammonium nitrate was produced there. The times reported that the ship sank between Feb. 16 and 18, 2018. Its final destination was Biera in Mozambique, where the 2,750-tonne cargo of ammonium nitrate was due to be deposited. Main ship particulars are length of 86 m and beam of 12 m. Port fees were unpaid, and inspectors found defects in the ship. "They were being greedy," said Boris Prokoshev, who was captain of the Rhosus in 2013 when, he says, the owner told him to make an unscheduled stop in Lebanon to pick up extra cargo. In September 2013, the cargo vessel the MV Rhosus – owned by a Russian, registered to a company in Bulgaria and flagged to Moldova – set sail from Batumi in Georgia to Mozambique. The New York Times has published satellite images of the submerged hull of the ship, the MV Rhosus, on the northern edge of the port. The vessel’s deadly cargo had been purchased from the country of Georgia by a Mozambican firm that produces commercial explosives, via a British middleman trading firm linked to Ukraine. Vessel loaded with ammonium nitrate was destined for another country, the reason she called Beirut is unclear, maybe for supplies or due to some mechanical trouble. Once in Beirut, the MV Rhosus was detained by local port authorities due to "gross violations in operating a vessel," unpaid fees to the port, and complaints filed by … But the hold doors buckled. The MV Rhosus, the abandoned ship connected to the Beirut blast, never made it into the ILO database. The MV Rhosus docked in Beirut's port in 2013 on its way to Mozambique to pick up some additional cargo and never left. The ammonium nitrate cargo has been confiscated from the arrested vessel MV Rhosus, Lebanon’s Supreme Defense Council has confirmed. Igor Grechushkin, the Russian man variously described as the owner or the operator of the Moldovan-flagged MV Rhosus, is said to have abandoned the vessel in Lebanon after declaring bankruptcy. "I feel sorry for the people [killed or injured in the blast]. The Moldovan-flagged vessel called at Beirut port after the vessel suffered technical difficulties. The explosive chemicals which caused the Beirut disaster may have been diverted to Lebanon on purpose, it has been claimed. What is ammonium nitrate, and how did it cause such a devastating explosion in Beirut? currently sailing under the flag of Unknown. The ship, named the MV Rhosus, was destined for Mozambique -- but stopped in Beirut due to financial difficulties that also created unrest with the ship's Russian and Ukrainian crew. Details for the ship M V Rhosus , IMO 8630339, Sailing vessel, Position Aegean Sea with current real time AIS position and ship photos by vesseltracker.com. The Moldovan-flagged vessel called at Beirut port after the vessel suffered technical difficulties. Image provided by www.shipspotting.com Ship info Print Download PDF. Vessel loaded with ammonium nitrate was destined for another country, the reason she called Beirut is unclear, maybe for supplies or due to some mechanical trouble. General cargo vessel Rhosus called Beirut, Lebanon, in October last year. Mohamed Arrachedi, the ITF network coordinator in charge of … Lebanon's cabinet on Wednesday agreed to place all Beirut port officials who have overseen storage and security since 2014 under house arrest, ministerial sources said. The crew had stacked the equipment, including excavators and road-rollers, on top of the doors to the cargo hold, where the ammonium nitrate was housed, according to the ship's Ukrainian boatswain, Boris Musinchak. BEIRUT – Lebanese investigators are understood to be probing why the MV Rhosus – a substandard vessel burdened with 2,750 metric tons of hazardous ammonium nitrate – was procured in 2013 to ferry heavy seismic survey machinery out of Beirut Port.. Analysts question conflicting accounts of how the vessel ended up in Beirut port Lebanese analysts said the final destination of the Moldovan-flagged MV Rhosus was Beirut and not Mozambique, following conflicting reports of how the deadly ship ended up in the capital. It was reportedly sailing under a Moldovan flag with a mostly Ukrainian crew at the time. Vessel RHOSUS is a cargo ship sailing under the flag of Moldova.Her IMO number is 8630344 and MMSI number is 214181621. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. The ship made a stop in Beirut to try to earn extra money by taking on several pieces of heavy machinery. The shipment of ammonium nitrate was officially destined for Mozambique when it sailed on the cargo ship Rhosus in 2013, but the vessel made an unscheduled stop in Beirut where the chemicals were impounded. MV Rhosus is a general cargo ship previously owned by Russian businessman Igor Grechushkin that was abandoned in Beirut, Lebanon after the ship was declared unseaworthy and the charterers lost interest in the cargo. The MV Rhosus left Batumi port in Georgia on September 23, 2013. The MV Rhosus, a Moldovan-flagged ship, arrived in Lebanon in November 2013 while sailing from Georgia and bound for Mozambique. WATCH | Blast leaves an already struggling city devastated: Audience Relations, CBC P.O. The vessel RHOSUS (IMO: 8630344) is a General Cargo Ship built in 1986 (34 years old) and currently sailing under the flag of Unknown. Image provided by www.shipspotting.com Ship info Print Download PDF. Chris Hunter says the huge quantity of ammonium nitrate should have been immediately moved out of the busy port after it arrived. "I opened my inbox and saw a letter about the Rhosus. The cargo of an abandoned ship, the MV Rhosus, was behind the cataclysmic blast at Beirut's port on Tuesday, state media in Lebanon said. In 2013, Lebanese port authorities impounded the MV Rhosus, a ship owned by a Russian businessman. RHOSUS was detained after PSC inspection, which found a number of deficiencies. The 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate which the ship was carrying was confiscated and brought to shore in 2014, and later contributed to the Nearly a year later, once the crew had disembarked, the ammonium nitrate was unloaded and put in a dock warehouse for safety reasons. Since then vessel is stranded in Beirut. The Russian cargo ship Rhosus, ... company handled the papers to register the Rhosus in the name of a foreign company in February 2012 and that the vessel … A desperate search for survivors is underway after the deadly blast at the port in Beirut, which left the city devastated. "The cargo was highly explosive. The vessel was owned by a company called Teto Shipping which members of the crew said was owned by Igor Grechushkin, a Khabarovsk businessman who resided in Cyprus. It made the unscheduled detour to Beirut as … Information. The story begins in 2013, when the 86-meter-long (282 feet) cargo ship MV Rhosus, carrying 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, made an unscheduled stop in Beirut Prokoshev and lawyers acting for some creditors accused the ship's owner of abandoning the vessel without paying his outstanding debts to the port or the crew. MV Rhosus was a general cargo ship that was abandoned in Beirut, Lebanon, after the ship was declared unseaworthy and the charterers lost interest in the cargo. According to Prokoshev, he received an email in May 2018 from a lawyer telling him the ship sank "recently.". Prokoshev also told RFE/RL the MV Rhosus was a very old vessel that sank two or three years ago because nobody was maintaining the ship. RHOSUS current position and history of port calls are received by AIS. The Rhosus anchored in Beirut in 2013 after experiencing technical difficulties during a scheduled voyage from Georgia to Mozambique. The Justice Ministry is closed for three days of national mourning. On Tuesday, that stockpile caught fire and exploded not far from a built-up residential area of the city. 'The port operator was not aware that the vessel MV Rhosus would dock at the port of Beira,' the city's port authority said in a statement. That left the Rhosus stranded in Beirut. In October 2013 the MV Rhosus, a ship sailing under the Moldovan flag, headed from Georgia to Mozambique carrying a huge supply of ammonium nitrate, a … (Personal archives of Boris Musinchak/Reuters) "The ship was old, and the cover of the hold bent," Musinchak said by phone. Initial Lebanese investigations into what happened have pointed to inaction and negligence in the handling of the potentially dangerous chemical. The chemicals that went up in flames in Beirut's deadliest peace-time explosion arrived in the Lebanese capital seven years ago on a leaky Russian-leased cargo ship that, according to its captain, should never have stopped there. "It could have ruined the whole ship, and I said no.". The ship, built in 1986, flying the flag of Moldova, was carrying the cargo to an explosives manufacturing firm in Mozambique. RHOSUS Current Position Where is the current position of RHOSUS presently? Immigration restrictions forced the captain and three crew members to remain onboard while the legal dispute dragged on for 11 months, without wages and with only limited supplies of food. It was inspected by Port State Control officers, who found “deficiencies” and banned it from sailing. The … "We decided not to take risks.". Cypriot police questioned Grechushkin at his home in Cyprus on Thursday, a security source said. 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