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Cma and Haberot resume operations at the port of Beirut

Cada and Haberot's offices in Beirut were badly damaged by the blast, and CADA has set up two temporary studios in Beirut and a logistics centre in Tripoli.



Cma said that CargoFee's processes and clearing procedures were basically back to normal and should be fully operational within a few days.


Cma's office was badly damaged in the explosion on August 4.One employee was killed and two others were seriously injured.Staff have been moved to two backup security points in Beirut, while personnel have been reinforced in nearby Tripoli.Some ships were temporarily evacuated after the explosion.


Heperot is also resuming services to Beirut and will deploy its 3,500 TEU Mona Lisa on 14 August to support transport operations.


The container facilities at the Beirut port, which were relatively undamaged, resumed loading and unloading operations on 10 August.Cma's 2200TEU, Nicolas Delmas, was the first ship to arrive when the dock reopened and normal unloading began.


Cma said its container-related processes and customs clearance were "almost back to normal and will be fully operational in the next few days".


Rodolphe Saade, the Lebanese-born chief executive of CADA, visited Beirut after the bombing.He is actively involved in relief efforts to help tens of thousands of homeless people in the city.


A CMA ro-ro ship has been redeployed for operations to deliver emergency supplies from Marseille to Beirut.


"Cma and Kiwha logistics are fully operational and ensure business continuity to serve customers."Responsible for delivering essential goods and products to the Lebanese people.


The 11,400 TEU CMA CGM Lyra was in port at the time of the explosion, but was not damaged and no crew members were injured.The ship has sailed and is now in Saudi Arabia.


"We are pleased to inform you that there was only minor damage to the container terminal, that the extent of the damage to the containers at the time of the explosion is being assessed and that the port has resumed operations," Heperot said.In parallel with the resumption of services, we are also re-accepting bookings for cargo to and from Beirut."


In addition, Haberot has reported earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of $563 million (€511 million) for the first half of 2020, up from $440 million (€389 million) for the same period last year.Revenue in the first half of 2020 was about $7 billion (6.4 billion euros), and profit grew to $314 million (285 million euros).At the same time, earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation rose to $1.29bn (€1.17bn).


Habben Jansen, CEO of Heberot, said, "The year is off to a good start with a significant drop in shipments in the second quarter due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.We have benefited from the sudden drop in fuel prices, our capacity adjustments to reduce demand, and other cost-cutting measures as part of our performance assurance programme.Overall, we had a very good first half despite the outbreak crisis."