One of the ship’s crew, Heilemariam (Hailey) Reta from Ethiopia, was killed in the blast. Another, Mustafa Airout from Syria, is reported missing and several others are hospitalised.
‘It’s a sad, sad day for all of us,’ the cruise operator said on social media.
Berthed near the warehouse that exploded
Orient Queen was berthed a few hundred metres from the warehouse where the explosion took place. Damage from the blast caused an ingress of water, leading to the vessel’s capsize.
Extensive damage was also reported at the head office of Abou Merhi Cruises.