Port Dakar wants to get rid of ammonium nitrate, the substance that caused disaster Beirut

The port of Dakar wants a shipment of 2700 tons of ammonium nitrate to be removed as soon as possible.

The port is not far from the densely populated centre of Senegal’s capital, where over 1 million people live. According to the port authority, the owner of the cargo has now found a warehouse outside the city to store the ammonium nitrate.

“The owner is trying to get permission from the Ministry of the Environment to remove the cargo as soon as possible”, says a statement. The cargo is intended for Mali.

How long the fabric has been in port is not known. The port authority says that the international rules for the storage of hazardous substances are strictly adhered to.