Author Archives: Shani Calvo

¡DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE! ¡En español!

La versión digital de la revista Seaports cuenta con reportajes traducidos al español. Se encuentran estos artículos en la sección titulada “digital-exclusive” después de la última página de la revista en inglés. Además, se puede accederlos en línea, hacienda clic en el “Archivo en español” de la web www.aapaseaports.com (el enlace está en la esquina superior derecha). La web de ...

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DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE! AAPA Spring Conference Coverage

Several of AAPA’s policy and technical committees met at the AAPA Spring Conference in Washington, D.C. Plus, the board of directors elected William D. Friedman to serve as the association’s chairman of the board.  * By Bridget Gorman Wendling, Photos by Aaron Ellis * In addition to presentations and discussion on the effects of U.S. trade policies and infrastructure spending ...

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DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE! U.S. Trade Policy: Which Doors Will Remain Open?

With White House trade policies under review and recent announcements regarding tariffs and exemptions, the topic of trade is swelling into every board room, port and business involved in the supply chain. * By Bridget Gorman Wendling * With White House trade policies under review and recent announcements regarding tariffs and exemptions, the topic of trade is swelling into every ...

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Tracking Excellence

For port directors and administrators, pursuing excellence is heavy lifting. Tracking progress is even more difficult. * By Lori Musser * Excellence starts with establishing a clear vision of a goal, and relentlessly pursuing it. Excellence requires a bias for action, doing things well and constantly digging for information and refining solutions as you go. Excellence is about accepting only ...

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Strong Safety Practices Require Holistic Approach

Ensuring a safe work environment means far more than creating a plan and practicing it once in a while. It means taking a holistic approach that encompasses everyone.  * By Sandy Smith * Natural disasters. Chemical releases. Transport accidents. Most ports have plans in place to deal with these situations. But ensuring a safe work environment means far more than ...

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Keeping the Waterside Secure

Ports enhance their security capabilities through resource and information-sharing collaborations with government agencies and private organizations.  * By Mary Lou Jay * When it comes to waterside security at U.S. ports, small boats pose some of the biggest problems, according to Jeffrey Brown, senior vice president of critical infrastructure and public safety  at ARES Security (ASC). Suicide bombers, like those ...

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Port of Valparaíso, Here We Come!

AAPA will be holding both its Annual Convention and the Latin American Congress of Ports at the Port of Valparaíso, October 7-10, 2018. The port’s general manager, Gonzalo Davagnino, shared some insight on the events and the port in an interview with AAPA.  * By Tom Hranac * This year marks the first time AAPA will be holding its Annual Convention and ...

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Certifications: Going Above and Beyond

Seaports and the vehicles and vessels that serve them are embracing the network of overlapping environmental standards that apply to their operations, and some are even voluntarily taking it to the next level. * By Sarah B. Hood *  Poised at the intersection of land, sea and sky, seaports touch every aspect of their environment, so it makes sense that ...

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EcoPort Certification

Marrón Cabrera, ecology coordinator at Port of Ensenada, shares insights related to the port’s experience in becoming certified as an EcoPort, a European-based initiative that recognizes excellence in environmental management and port sustainability.  * By Tom Hranac * The Port of Ensenada’s commitment to environmentally sustainable best practices has allowed it to become certified as an EcoPort. This certification, awarded ...

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PORTS + POLITICS: Maritime Infrastructure Needs Regular Investment

In many ways, our nation’s 300+ ports – from the largest ports in Seattle, Long Beach and Savannah, to small ports in rural communities up and down our coastlines and along our rivers – are the workhorses of the infrastructure world. * By Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) * When people hear the phrase “infrastructure investment,” they may think of a ...

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