In October 2013, a Moldova-flagged ship on its way from Georgia to Mozambique stopped at the Port of Beirut after about a month at sea. Owned by a Russian businessman, the Rhosus merchant vessel was carrying some 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate when it docked in Lebanon.
The ship never left the port. Upon arrival in Beirut, its crew reportedly went on strike over unpaid wages, while technical faults and outstanding port bills worth $100,000 held it ashore. Unable to sail again, the Russian owner is believed to have disappeared and abandoned the ship, leaving his crew trapped in Lebanon for almost a year.