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Old Commodore Clipper sunk in Beirut blast

Old Commodore Clipper sunk in Beirut blast

Tuesday 11 August 2020

Old Commodore Clipper sunk in Beirut blast


The closest ship to last week’s huge explosion in Beirut was once a daily visitor to the Channel Islands.

The vessel, which is now called the Abou Karim I, was just metres from the epicentre of the blast.

It keeled over into a next-door ship before capsizing hours later.

In a previous life, the abandoned livestock carrier was the Commodore Clipper, sailing daily between the Channel Islands and Portsmouth between 1991 and 1996.

The ship was built in 1971 and had been laid up in Beirut port since 2015.

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Pictured: The old Commodore Clipper, now called Abou Karim I (circled) on its side in Beirut port.

Another inactive livestock carrier, Abou Karim III was also heavily damaged in the blast.

Last week’s explosion, which extensively damaged the port of Beirut, was caused by the detonation of around 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, which was being stored in a warehouse on the quayside after being taken off an impounded ship.

The blast killed at least 220 people, injured 7,000 and left 300,000 homeless.

Pictured top: The past Commodore Clipper, which capsized last week after taking the full force of the explosion in Beirut.

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