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
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.