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The Deadly Explosion in Beirut Highlights a Danger Potentially Lurking in Some of the World's Ports

Rocky Weitz speaks with Business Insider about Lebanon's maritime security.

The tragedy that struck Beirut this week called into focus a danger potentially lurking in ports around the world, one that has more than once led to disaster.


The circumstances that brought the ammonium nitrate to Beirut reflect what Rockford Weitz, director of maritime studies at Tufts University's Fletcher School, called "the low end" of global shipping, with an aging vessel carrying a potentially dangerous cargo between two countries under the flag of a third country.

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