List of Activities and Events

We would like to inform you about the activities that have been undertaken to advance the reconstruction of the port of Beirut and the destroyed parts of the city. The list of events highlights milestones that have been achieved by the supporters of the project.

The timeline is also intended as a record of the long and turbulent history of the Port of Beirut. A history that demonstrates peoples' constant efforts and unwavering belief in the port's performance capabilities.

Finally, we would like to inform you about the upcoming events in the framework of the dialogue process.


We intend to hold meetings such as public hearings or workshops as part of the dialogue process. Further details will be announced shortly.


Aug 2021
Launch of Beirut PortCity Dialogue platform. This platform aims to foster the participation of Lebanese civil society in the reconstruction of the port and adjacent areas.
May 2021
Combi Lift has completed the clean-up of toxic debris from the ports. All hazardous materials were shipped to Germany for disposal respectively recycling.
Apr 2021
Presentation at the press conference in Beirut: Proposal of Beirut Port and Urban Redevelopment by HPC & Colliers.  Read more
Jan 2021
Colliers and Fraunhofer IMW joined the team to further explore the preferred option of the concept. 
Dec 2020
Announcement of a port redevelopment study by HPC.  Read more
Dec 2020
Combi Lift has completed the clean-up of toxic debris from the ports. All hazardous materials are ready to be shipped to Germany for recycling. The financing of the transport remained unclear.  Read more
Sept 2020
German logistics and salvage expert Combi Lift started cleaning up the hazardous material. Combi Lift led the effort to transport 59 containers to Germany for specialised treatment and disposal. A member of the German Harren & Partner Group, Combi Lift has years of experience and expertise in the international salvage business. The Port of Beirut hired Combi Lift to handle a range of responsibilities in this special endeavour, including overall project implementation (financing, coordination with authorities, etc.) and project management. Managing Director Heiko Felderhoff emphasised: “The things we handled in the harbour could have easily caused the next explosion.” His team secured over 1,000 tonnes of chemicals in Beirut.
4 August 2020
The explosion of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate in the port of Beirut, which killed 211 people, injured more than 6,000, and left 300,000 homeless. Large parts of the port were destroyed.


The concession ended. The government forced a temporary committee to manage the Port of Beirut.
The company's name was changed and a 30-year concession was given to a Lebanese company called "Compagnie de Gestion et d'Exploitation du Port de Beyrouth".
The “Compagnie du Port, des Quais et des Entrepôts de Beyrouth” attained the French nationality.
The French mandate, followed by the independence in 1943.
Port was granted to a French Company, the Compagnie du Port, des Quais et des Entrepôts de Beyrouth (Company of the Port, Quays and Warehouses of Beirut).
The Ottoman Empire and Beirut’s rise to a provincial capital.
The Mamluk Occupation and the spice trade with Venice.
The Fatimid Caliphate and the rise of trade.
14 BCE
Roman Colonization and the transformation into a city.
1500 BCE
Egyptian Letters and the recognition of the Port of Beirut.
2500 BCE
Canaanite Harbor and the beginning of trade.