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JOHN HENSHAW, AMPE, NAMED CONNECTICUT PORT AUTHORITY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Connecticut Port Authority (CPA) approved the appointment of John Henshaw, AMPE as its new executive director, effective September 8th, 2020. In his role, Henshaw will be responsible for fostering the economic development of Connecticut’s maritime economy and overseeing the development and growth of Connecticut’s small harbors and three deepwater ports. Henshaw comes to the CPA after serving as the executive director of the Maine Port Authority for over 10 years and after serving as commissioner for the Board of Harbor Commissioners for the Port of Portland. John earned the Accredited Maritime Port Executive (AMPE) through the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (I

Tragedy Strikes Port of Beirut, Lebanon

On Tuesday, 4 August 2020, at around 18:00 local time, a massive explosion erupted at the Port of Beirut, Lebanon, causing massive damage to the port and the surrounding city. The explosion appears to have been caused by 2,700 tons of improperly-stored ammonium nitrate. Ammonium nitrate is a common industrial chemical typically used in fertilizer. Ammonium nitrate is also highly reactive, and has been used to create explosives – notably in the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995. While information on what occurred is still being released, it appears that port officials were aware that the ammonium nitrate was stored improperly on site and failed to rectify the issue. The Lebanese government has

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