Guest Viewpoint

GUEST VIEWPOINT: Safety and Sustainability Through Strategic Corrosion Management

Deterioration and corrosion can have a massive effect on a port’s safety, in addition to being debilitating to the bottom line and operations. * By Buddy Reams, NACE International * Port facilities are a critical component of the global maritime transportation system. Most already recognize its importance, having probably felt the impact of unavailable or closed port facilities when gas ...

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GUEST VIEWPOINT: Port-Based Welfare Provision: It’s About Collaboration

Find out about your local seafarers’ welfare organization and see what you might be able to bring to the table. By Jason Zuidema, North American Maritime Ministry Association— In ports around North America, more than 70,000 Christmas gifts were given this past Christmas. A warm hat and gloves, some toiletries, perhaps a bit of chocolate – a small gift to ...

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GUEST VIEWPOINT: Port Management in the Great Barrier Reef

Operating ports in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA) in Queensland, Australia, allows NQBP to showcase leadership and innovation in environmental management. By Simona Duke, North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation  Seaports by their nature are situated at the sensitive interface between the terrestrial and marine environments. North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) also has the added responsibility, and ...

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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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GUEST ARTICLE: Cyber Security: What Port Authorities Need to Know

Effective cyber-risk governance does not require a degree in computer science. However, an understanding of the dynamics of cyber-vulnerability can assist directors in setting protection priorities and overseeing contingency and remediation plans. By Art Linton The frequency and severity of maritime cyber-attacks increases every year. Often, damage is ongoing and not discovered for years. A cyber-attack on the port of ...

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GUEST ARTICLE: Tomorrow’s Leaders Need More Than On-the-Job Training

The port industry understands it can’t continue to depend on on-the-job training alone to prepare the next generation of leaders for the significant responsibilities they will assume. By Erik Stromberg, Lamar University Generations of port industry leaders have bemoaned the fact that the only way to learn how to manage a port was to manage a port. However, on-the-job training ...

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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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