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Interpol seeks captain and owner of the ship linked to Beirut port blast

Interpol has issued red notices for the captain and owner of the ship that carried the ammonia nitrate which obliterated Beirut port in an explosion in August, killing 200 people.

The Interpol notices, which are not international arrest warrants, ask authorities worldwide to provisionally detain people pending possible extradition or other legal actions.

Lebanon’s public prosecution asked Interpol in October to issue arrest warrants for two people it had identified as the Russian captain, Boris Prokoshev, and the owner of the Rhosus ship which arrived in Beirut in 2013. The ship was then abandoned and the cargo moved to a warehouse on the quayside where it lay for six years before exploding in what has been described as one of the world’s largest non-nuclear explosions in history.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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