‘Cancer of the industry’: Beirut’s blast proves lethal risk of abandoning ships

‘Cancer of the industry’: Beirut’s blast proves lethal risk of abandoning ships

Cargo from the MV Rhosus caused the explosion in Lebanon’s main port – its crew say they were stranded aboard for a year

The problems began the moment Captain Boris Prokoshev set sail aboard the MV Rhosus in 2013.

He discovered that the ageing Russian-owned cargo ship, bound for Mozambique, was in “terrible” condition, including having a defunct generator. Then he learned that the previous crew had mutinied over unpaid wages. So it was no surprise when the owner told Prokoshev there was no money to pay for fees for the Suez canal, either.

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