Government reveals causes of gas leak incident in Aqaba


Published: 2022-07-03 14:53

Last Updated: 2022-08-15 16:43

Government reveals causes of gas leak incident in Aqaba
Government reveals causes of gas leak incident in Aqaba

The Minister of Interior, Mazen Al-Faraya, and the Minister of State for Media Affairs, the official spokesperson for the government, Faisal Al-Shboul, held a press conference Sunday at the Prime Ministry. This came to announce the results of the investigation into the Aqaba port incident.

The Minister of State for Media Affairs revealed that the number of people who are still receiving treatment in hospitals due to the Aqaba port incident is 12.

Shboul said the response of the state institutions was “immediate and professional.”

“The health system in Aqaba proved to be highly efficient in handling the effects of the tragic accident,” Shboul noted, adding that the government field hospital received 45 percent of the cases.

For his part, Faraya pointed out that the tanker which was filled with toxic gas was transferred to a landfill in the Swaqa area.

“The Aqaba Incident Investigation Committee listened to all officials of the Aqaba Ports Management Company,” Faraya noted.

As for the cause of the incident, Faraya said that it occurred as the iron rope which broke was not suitable to carry the weight of the load, noting that the weight of the tanker is three times bigger than the load that the rope can carry.

“Failure to take safety precautions in handling hazardous materials is one of the causes of the Aqaba accident,” he continued.

Faraya indicated that the report proved that the necessary precautions for public safety were not taken in handling such dangerous materials, and that one of the direct causes of the accident was the failure to take the necessary precautions.

He added that those involved in dealing with the incident were irresponsible, and on that day there was no follow-up by the company's management regarding maintenance operations.

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Earlier Sunday, Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh said that the investigation team in the Aqaba incident prepared a report that includes a set of procedures, including the termination of services of the Director-General of the Ports Management and Operations Company, a number of officials in the company and the Director-General of the Maritime Authority.

Khasawneh added that the Aqaba incident report has been referred to the Public Prosecution.

“The investigation proved that there is a great lack in safety procedures and in dealing with hazardous materials in the port of Aqaba, which cannot be tolerated,” he stressed.

He added, “We have fully committed to the directives of His Majesty King Abdullah II to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the Aqaba incident, and we will announce its results today with full transparency.”

Khasawneh noted that the response of the government and all institutions to the Aqaba incident was immediate and extremely professional, and it greatly mitigated the effects of the accident and its repercussions on the safety of citizens and those in the city of Aqaba.