Author Archives: Shani Calvo

Seizing LNG Chain Opportunities

Ports are capturing opportunities all along the LNG supply chain, from liquefaction or regasification plants, to marine terminals, bulk and ISO-container cargo, bunkering operations and LNG fueling stations. By Lori Musser Seaports are hopping on the LNG bandwagon. Welcoming liquefaction or regasification plants, marine terminals, bulk and ISO-container cargo, bunkering operations and LNG fueling stations, ports are capturing opportunities all ...

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Find Your Niche

It has become increasingly challenging to be ‘all things to all people.’ Ports need to identify their strengths to pinpoint the areas where they can grow and excel. Finding your port’s niche is a matter of matching your strengths with the opportunities out there – then being realistic in your expectations. By Sandy Smith Back in the 1950s, the Port ...

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The Power of One, Collaboration by Many

API Puerto Vallarta caters solely to cruise ships and tourists, but manages to make it work – partially due to its relationships with other ports on the cruise ship routes. By Tom Hranac As a port that completely relies on tourism, Administración Portuaria Integral de Puerto Vallarta´s business model seems to run contrary to the old saying “Don’t put all ...

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Bringing the Outside In: Professionals Come to Ports with Experience, Inspiration from Non-Maritime Industries

In the last decade or so, more and more port executives have come from major shipping lines. But tapping into human capital from outside the port or shipping industry requires flexibility, openness and creativity. By Meredith Martino The port industry prides itself on its unique nature, and port executives and senior managers from ports throughout the hemisphere proudly state the ...

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Accelerating the Future: Infrastructure Construction: Smart Decisions Up Front Pay Off Long Term

Large scale port infrastructure projects are time-consuming and expensive, but taking the right steps up front can reduce costs, shorten timetables and increase stakeholders’ satisfaction. By Mary Lou Jay Large scale port infrastructure projects are time-consuming and expensive, but taking the right steps up front can reduce costs, shorten timetables and increase stakeholders’ satisfaction. Define the Business Case “Any organization ...

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Power Shift: In the Energy Sector, Change Is the Only Constant

The constantly shifting landscape of world energy production is having an impact on every sector, as new technologies emerge and social priorities evolve. For ports, there are two main implications. By Sarah B. Hood The constantly shifting landscape of world energy production is having an impact on every sector, as new technologies emerge and social priorities evolve. For ports, there ...

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PORTS + POLITICS: Strengthening U.S. Ports to Support Increasing Freight and Transportation

America’s more than 300 ports are a vital part of a strong and healthy economy connecting manufacturers, businesses and farmers to the global marketplace and creating vital jobs for hardworking Americans. By Elaine L. Chao, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary America’s more than 300 ports are a vital part of a strong and healthy economy connecting manufacturers, businesses and farmers ...

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GUEST VIEWPOINT: Port Partnerships for Strategic Positioning and Success

As much as individual ports may differ, major changes in the world shipping market have required changes in how all ports view themselves and their competitive positions.  By Richard Steinke, Moffatt & Nichol For many of us in the maritime industry, the old adage, “When you’ve seen one port, you’ve seen one port!” is certainly true. As delegates come to ...

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Seaports Magazine, Summer 2017

Winning Is Not the Same as Succeeding — AAPA’s Spring Conference began this year on the night of the NCAA men’s basketball championship. For sports fans, it was the best kind of game – two well-matched teams playing high caliber basketball in a close game that didn’t break toward the winner until nearly the end. North Carolina went home elated ...

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Stakeholders: A Seaport’s Secret Resource

The easiest way to pull the rug out from under a port’s success is to ignore stakeholders. Seaports need informed, supportive allies to set the stage for almost any project or initiative. By Lori Musser The easiest way to pull the rug out from under a port’s success is to ignore stakeholders. Seaports need informed, supportive allies to set the ...

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