The tragic accident in Beirut did much to focus minds. Port cities around the world are investing massively to make their logistical and port operations safer.
In Rouen (France), which saw a major fire at the Lubrizol plant last year, serious discussions and pollution clean-up efforts are under way to allow the company to resume its industrial activities safely.
Around a hundred kilometres away, in Le Havre, citizens are taking part in a public debate about planning rules and industrial safety. One district located in the port zone is exposed to technological risks, and its residents are keen to discuss the situation with the local authorities.
Outside Europe, strong measures are being taken to improve industrial safety. In Dakar (Senegal), the national authorities and the Port have removed all of the ammonium nitrate present in the area. A new inspection process has also been adopted, applicable to all hazardous products arriving at the port. In the same vein, in Chittatong (Bangladesh), stocks of hazardous products that have been abandoned are now systematically destroyed to eliminate the risk of accidents.