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AAPA Seaports Magazine, December 2018: Behind the Scenes

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK: Ports Behind the Scenes *  By Kurt J. Nagle, President & CEO, American Association of Port Authorities * As public port authorities, AAPA’s members are highly visible organizations. First, they are government agencies, which means they operate in the full sunlight of open meetings, live webcasts, public hearings and other opportunities for members of the public to ...

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Bringing Projects to Life

To grow, seaports have to selectively invest and update. But they can’t do it alone. They call on firms – ranging from global EPCs to small niche contractors – that specialize in helping bring port capital projects to fruition. * By Lori Musser * To grow, seaports have to selectively invest and update. Whether ports are deepening waterways, building capacity, ...

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The Art of the Deal

When it comes to port negotiations, what turns ‘maybe’ into ‘yes’? Sometimes, a seemingly insignificant driver can bring a deal to the tipping point. For ports, a single agreement can represent hundreds of thousands of dollars: So what makes the difference between deal or no deal? * By Sarah B. Hood * What makes a person dec­ide to sign a ...

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Technology: Your New Right Hand?

Ports interested in streamlining their operations and encouraging the creation of more transparent, more efficient supply chains for their partners are finding the solutions they need in a variety of new technologies. * By Mary Lou Jay * Ports interested in streamlining their operations and encouraging the creation of more transparent, more efficient supply chains for their partners are finding ...

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The Changing Faces of Leadership

Ports are embracing diversity in gender and background experience, creating new opportunities and outlooks, especially at the port leadership level. Many of these new executives share one more thing: they happen to be women. * By Sandy Smith * Accountants. Business strategists. Environmentalists. Real estate experts. These are just some of the non-traditional routes to port leadership that recent appointments have ...

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AAPA Annual Convention Collage

The “Jewel of the Pacific” – Valparaíso, Chile – was the site of the AAPA 107th Annual Convention. Held in October, the event brought together over 700 participants, 30 speakers and 95 sponsors from 30 countries and four continents. * By Tom Hranac * For the first time in its history, the AAPA gathered on the South American mainland to ...

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PORTS + POLITICS: Maritime Commerce and Growth Rely on a Strong System

Maritime commerce relies not on one single port or terminal, but a system of harbors, ports and waterways that help move goods from suppliers to manufacturers and consumers. Maintaining and improving that system requires sustained federal investment. * By U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal, CA-47 * In Congress, I’m honored to serve as the Democratic co-chair of the Congressional Ports Caucus. ...

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107 Convención Anual

* Por Tom Hranac * La AAPA se reunió en Sudamérica por primera vez en su historia para celebrar la 107 Convención Anual, del 7 al 10 de octubre de 2018 en Valparaíso, Chile. El evento, que marcó otro hito al realizarse junto con el anual Congreso Latinoamericano de Puertos de AAPA, atrajo a más de 700 participantes y 95 ...

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El arte del pacto: Cuando de negociaciones portuarias se trata, ¿qué convierte un ‘quizás’ en un ‘si’?

* Por Sarah B. Hood * ¿Qué hace que una persona decida firmar un contrato? En veces, un detalle aparentemente insignificante puede llevar una negociación a un punto de quiebre. Para los puertos, un solo acuerdo podría representar cientos de miles de dólares: ¿Entonces, cuál es la diferencia entre hacer un trato y no hacerlo? Fundamentalmente, se resume en satisfacer ...

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Tecnología: ¿Tu nueva mano derecha?

* Por Mary Lou Jay * Los puertos interesados en agilizar sus operaciones y fomentar la creación de cadenas de abastecimiento más transparentes y eficientes para sus socios están encontrando las soluciones que necesitan por medio de una serie de nuevas tecnologías. Muchos puertos de tamaño pequeño o mediano aún hoy día dependen de procesos manuales y hojas electrónicas, propensas ...

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