The Ports and Maritime Transport Authority said on Tuesday that a merchant ship has run aground in the port of Tripoli as it was forced off-course due to bad weather in the face of a sudden storm in Tripoli.

The Authority added that the port administration declared a state of emergency and the temporary suspension of all shipping vessels until an improvement in the weather and stabilization.

It also noted that a number of containers loaded with goods in the port docking yard were knocked over due to strong winds, adding that the technical maritime teams within the port were awaiting an improvement in weather conditions in order to assess the grounded merchant ship.