AIS Data Shows Ships in Port at Time of Beirut Explosion -List

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August 7, 2020

A general view of the area damaged by a massive explosion and a blast wave, in Beirut, Lebanon August 5, 2020 in this picture obtained from social media. Picture taken with a drone. Instagram/ @Rabzthecopter/via REUTERS 

The get a better idea of the ships that were in port on the day of the massive explosions in Beirut, Lebanon, we turn to AIS data provided Spire Global, a satellite data specialist.

According to Spire, the ships in port at the time of the August 4 explosion included:

Cargo Ships

  • CMA CGM Lyra (Current Status: Moored in Beirut)
  • Transporter (Current Status: Underway using Engine)
  • Mero Star (Current Status: Out of Range/Not Reporting)
  • City of Rome (Current Status: Moored in Beirut)
  • Pacific M (Current Status: Underway Using Engine)
  • Raouf H (Current Status: Out of Range/Not Reporting)
  • FK Hatice (Current Status: At Anchor off Triploi)
  • Jouri (Current Status: Moored)

Passenger Vessels

  • Orient Queen (Current Status: Capsized)


  • Baltagi 20 (Current Status: Out of Range)
  • Baltagi 17 (Current Status: Out of Range)
  • Baltagi 19 (Current Status: Out of Range)
  • DPS Tramonte (Current Status: Out of Range)
This image shows the tracks of vessels reported by Spire AIS which were within or close to the port of Beirut on 4-Aug. Image credit: Spire

Two vessels were seen moored at the end of the wharf where the explosion occurred – the Mero Star and Raouf H. The Orient Queen cruise ship, moored across the harbor from the blast, subsequently capsized.

Image credit. Spire Global
A satellite image shows the capsized Orient Queen ship and destroyed warehouses after an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon August 5, 2020. Picture taken August 5, 2020. Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

Photos show the two additional ships – Abou Karim III and Abou Karim I – that were moored along the same wharf where the explosion took place. As you can see from the photo below, the Abou Karim I has now also capsized.

A view shows the damaged site of Tuesday’s blast in Beirut’s port area, Lebanon, August 7, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir


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