US Firm Linked to Beirut Blast Denies Responsibility

An American firm, sued for $250 million, has denied responsibility for an explosion in Beirut port in 2020, killing 200 people.

TGS (TGS.OL), a geophysical services group, has denied allegations that it had anything to do with the Beirut explosion.

“We deny each and every allegation raised in the lawsuit, and intend to vigorously defend this matter in court,” TGS said.

Swiss foundation Accountability Now has supported nine plaintiffs filing a lawsuit against TGS Monday. 

In a statement released Wednesday, Accountability Now said that Spectrum Geo (UK), which TGS owned and merged with in 2019, engaged in “a series of highly profitable but suspicious contracts with the Ministry of Energy in Lebanon.”

According to Accountability Now, in its 2012 contract, Spectrum Geo chartered the derelict Moldavian flagged vessel Rhosus, carrying 2,750 tons of military-grade ammonium nitrate, to Beirut. In 2020, a portion of the cargo exploded, killing 200 people.

Accountability Now said the lawsuit would help uncover the cause of the explosion, including “the wide network of corruption” and the chains of responsibilities that led to the incident.

TGS said it is confident it would prevail in the case.


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