Author Archives: Shani Calvo

GUEST ARTICLE: Shipping Contributions to Seafarers’ Welfare

In the beginning of 2016, Michael Skaggs, NAMMA’s Director of Programs, began exploring port levies and voluntary contributions for seafarers’ welfare. The research results point to a stark financial future for seafarers’ welfare providers without the active support of port authorities. Read more… Dr. Jason Zuidema, Executive Director, NAMMA

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105th AAPA Annual Convention Coverage

During the 105th AAPA Annual Convention, Port of New Orleans President and CEO Gary LaGrange, PPM™ succinctly summed up his outlook on business and life when he said, “I don’t think there is a thing in life you should be doing if you are not having fun.” And, fun was not in short supply at the event. But it was ...

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Digital Version of Seaports Magazine, Fall 2016, Now Online!

Each issue of AAPA Seaports Magazine is now available in an interactive digital edition. Read online, anytime! With the digital edition of AAPA Seaports Magazine, you can: Navigate, magnify and bookmark pages with one click View issues instantly from more smartphones Read the issue online or download and print for later Share articles on third-party news and social networking sites Perform a keyword ...

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Seaports Congestion and Cargo Movements

Seaports Congestion and Cargo Movements By Kathy A. Smith Port productivity and congestion are major areas of concern throughout the shipping industry that can be influenced by a variety of factors. And although ports face the ever-changing dynamics of balancing today’s capital expenditures against possible future profits, how ports approach the issues at play depends on their unique set of ...

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The Future of Automation

The Future of Automation By Sandy Smith Everywhere one turns, industries are facing automation. Robots, artificial intelligence, driverless vehicles. Ports will be changing as well. But as the next wave of technological revolution looms, ports are slowly looking at ways to automate — without getting too far ahead of the technology. “We look at some of the technology evolutions to ...

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Port Cooperation: In the Name of Productivity

Port Cooperation: In the Name of Productivity By Lori Musser Fiercely competitive at most times, seaports have been known to mine each other’s cargo and passengers, tenants and terminal operators, and even employees. They do come together to learn and to share best practices in some functional areas, and to speak in unison to legislators and regulators. What they rarely ...

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Strategy at Seaports Is Key to Handling Capacity Challenges

Strategy at Seaports Is Key to Handling Capacity Challenges By Candace Gibson On any given day, the hustle and bustle of a seaport is devoted to the purpose of bringing in vessels, loading and unloading cargo/passengers, provisioning the vehicle and getting those vessels back out to sea as quickly as possible. The premise sounds simple enough, but providing sufficient capacity ...

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Thinking Outside the Box: Productivity at Non-Container Ports

Thinking Outside the Box: Productivity at Non-Container Ports By Meredith Martino TEUs. It’s hard to have a discussion about port productivity without using the word. The short-hand description of containerized cargo is one of the measurements that denotes the size of a vessel or the cargo throughput of a port. Cross TEUs with time, and the metric becomes the default description ...

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Latin America’s Proactive Approach: Inventive Ideas Increase Non-Container Productivity

Latin America’s Proactive Approach Inventive Ideas Increase Non-Container Productivity By Tom Hranac In a region traditionally dependent on exporting commodities, depressed commodity prices, a stronger dollar and weaker global demand have caused an economic downturn in many parts of Latin America. Although it is not surprising that the region’s ports may have difficulties maintaining their non-containerized cargoes in these conditions, ...

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Cruise Port Productivity: Upgrading Infrastructure for a Growing Industry

Cruise Port Productivity: Upgrading Infrastructure for a Growing Industry By Steve Cutler The cruise industry is growing rapidly, adding new excursions with increasing frequency, building new ships with designs that make some terminals’ existing infrastructure obsolete, and launching mega-ships with incredible capacity. The challenge for cruise ports to become increasingly productive in order to capture their share of the expanding market ...

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