Egypt has taken positive steps to get rid of dangerous and abandoned materials at its ports after the great explosion that took place this month at Beirut’s port, revealed Mohamed Mait (the minister of finance) on Sunday.
What happened in Beirut made us examine our own situation and we actually got rid of large quantities of abandoned and neglected and dangerous materials that were in the ports. There are materials that have been delivered to multiple ministries including oil and defence and interior, and by next December Egyptian ports will be completely cleaned.Mohamed Mait
Mait also revealed that controls at ports would be improved with the new customs procedures put in place. Some days after the explosion in Beirut, the Civil Aviation Ministry of Egypt revealed that it has passed an order that materials at the airports be reviewed, as well as the transfer of goods that are termed hazardous to a safe place.
This Beirut blast that took place on the 4th of August, which was caused as a result of the detonation of over 2,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, which was stored at its port, which claimed the lives of over 170 people and caused serious destruction over wide areas of the Lebanon capital. Featured image source: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh