September 21, 2023

Lessons from the 1947 Texas City port disaster


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In 1947, tragedy struck the port in Texas City, Texas, where a French ship carrying highly flammable fertilizer caught fire. An explosion followed, devastating the port town and surrounding area. 

The cause of the disaster would change shipping regulations forever. 

Join Deputy Editor Brielle Jaekel and fellow FreightWavesTV host Mary O’Connell on this week’s episode of Tracks Through Time as they discuss the circumstances that led to the explosion and how learning from the incident reformed safety regulations in shipping, hazardous materials transportation and emergency response protocol forever.

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NOVEMBER 7-9, 2023 • CHATTANOOGA, TN • IN-PERSON EVENT

The second annual F3: Future of Freight Festival will be held in Chattanooga, “The Scenic City,” this November. F3 combines innovation and entertainment — featuring live demos, industry experts discussing freight market trends for 2024, afternoon networking events, and Grammy Award-winning musicians performing in the evenings amidst the cool Appalachian fall weather.



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