The explosion in Lebanon rings the alarm

According to a comprehensive report on August 13, an explosion occurred in the port area of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, due to improper storage of 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate, which made the port safety issue become the focus of social attention again. Recently, South Korea’s Pusan port was exposed to contain about 1240 tons of ammonium nitrate. Local residents criticized the port for not having a unified command center to manage the chemicals. < / P > < p > it is reported that according to the traffic restriction regulations, when vessels carrying ammonium nitrate enter or leave the port, the Busan Port Authority will arrange the shipping schedule; however, whether such vessels can enter or leave the port or unload at the port will be decided by the Busan regional ocean and Fisheries Bureau. < / P > < p > after the vessel is approved and the ammonium nitrate payload is unloaded, ammonium nitrate will be stored and managed by the private terminal operator. Since then, Busan city fire disaster headquarters will conduct regular inspections. < / P > < p > the official said, “the laws related to the management of ammonium nitrate are relatively scattered, and the relevant responsibilities are divided into different departments. We will discuss with relevant departments to establish a systematic management system “< / P > < p > according to the report, Busan ocean and fisheries administration has not yet been equipped with a real-time monitoring system, which can track and inspect ammonium nitrate after it is delivered to private terminal operators. In this regard, Busan Port, a private terminal operator, insists that ammonium nitrate is safely stored, and clarifies that there are obvious differences in the storage methods of ammonium nitrate between Beirut port and Busan Port. In Beirut, ammonium nitrate is stored in bulk in warehouses; in Busan Port, ammonium nitrate is stored in several centimeter thick steel containers in accordance with international regulations to effectively resist fire and explosion. At the same time, the terminal operators also stressed that the residence time of these ammonium nitrate containers would not exceed 10 days, because the terminal operators would charge additional fees for hazardous substances.