Advocacy

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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One-Sided Investments – U.S. Ports Call for Federal Support of Long-Term Infrastructure Development

AAPA estimates that, without sufficient investment from federal sources, the nation risks the loss of $4 trillion in potential GDP loss and $575 billion in cost to American businesses and households by 2025. By Sarah B. Hood—  Last January 10, Port of Cleveland President and CEO William Friedman spoke on behalf of AAPA before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment ...

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PORTS + POLITICS: Third Edition of the CMTS Federal Funding Handbook Now Online

In August 2017, the third edition was issued to update the catalog of resources and to enhance the formatting and accessibility. It is now available online at www.CMTS.gov. By Helen Brohl, CMTS The U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (www.CMTS.gov) is an interagency policy coordinating committee, established by presidential directive in 2004 and authorized in statute in 2012 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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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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PORTS & POLITICS: Lessons From the Past: A Renewed Commentary on Port Security

Security measures are much different than 20 years ago, and as we experience and deal with new threats, we must take the lessons learned and build on that framework. By Albio Sires (NJ-08) Safety at our country’s ports is not only essential to our economy but critical to our national security. Each day ships arrive at our shores carrying cargo ...

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Ports’ Power as Conveners

By Sandy Smith PORTS’ POWER AS CONVENERS: SUPPLY CHAIN LEADERSHIP ROLE IS A NATURAL FIT The world of shipping is undergoing a sea change with consolidation, larger ships and economic pressures. And that’s just the water side. On land, the same financial pressures await. So what role can a port play in solving these broader supply chain issues? A lot. Take ...

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FAST Act Impact

By Michael Fickes FAST ACT IMPACT The FAST Act has provided $11 billion to build a freight transportation network. Connecting seaports to highways is a key part of that effort. In 2015, Congress enacted the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Observers say that the measure is of vital importance to the freight industry. Just as the Interstate Highway Act ...

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PORTS + POLITICS: Inclusion of Ports in Our National Transportation System

After eight years in office, the nation is seeing the results of the Obama Administration’s prioritization of maritime ports. The bottom line? Fifty-six port infrastructure grants representing nearly $1.6 billion in port investment are either completed or are presently underway. Read more… By Paul “Chip” N. Jaenichen, Maritime Administrator

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