Beirut Port fourth basin, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The truckers syndicate at the Port of Beirut is planning to stage a strike in protest of the controversial project to fill the port's fourth basin, the head of the syndicate said Friday.The project has reached a boiling point as the Cabinet has yet to take a decision on whether or not the basin should be filled. Several representatives from the Lebanese Forces, Marada, Free Patriotic Movement, Kataeb and Tashnak parties have come out in support of the truckers.The Port Authority initiated the filling of the fourth basin as the second phase in a long-term project to make the Port of Beirut a transshipment hub.Port workers argue that the filling of the fourth basin – which they describe as the most important basin the Middle East for its depth and economic activity – will put the jobs of 1500 port workers, mostly truckers, at risk.
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