Infrastructure

Dredging Demands

Dredging is a demanding task – but for a port to deliver more and better economic benefits to its region, it has to take on the tough projects, and dredging is one of them. By Lori Musser—  Every port, even those fortunate few carved deeply by receding glaciers, have to dredge at some point. It is a demanding task – ...

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Anticipating Change… Progress Through Port Diversification

Aport with all its eggs in one basket is unlikely to succeed in the long run. But just how does one attract a fresh line of business, such as cruise for a cargo port, LNG for a breakbulk port, or international trade for a domestic port? By Lori Musser As commodity or economic cycles wax and wane, so too will ...

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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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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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Infrastructure Coordination: Competing Globally, Acting Locally

By Lori Musser INFRASTRUCTURE COORDINATION: COMPETING GLOBALLY, ACTING LOCALLY It is a tall order. Nations rely on seaports to improve national competitiveness, respond to rapid shifts in global trade and transportation, and generate economic growth. The fact that almost every operational, infrastructure and communication element at every port and inland link in the U.S. is owned by the private sector ...

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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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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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Port to Market: Building Infrastructure to Meet Demand

Port to Market: Building Infrastructure to Meet Demand By Jim Romeo Before the Port of San Diego drafts its master plan, it will have spent three years analyzing and investigating data from multiple sources. This includes public outreach, over 100 interviews with stakeholders and agencies and numerous public workshops and board meetings that culminated at the end of 2015. Its ...

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Seaports Maintenance and Modernization

Seaports Maintenance and Modernization By Kathy A. Smith The role that maintenance and upgrades play at ports is naturally critical to keeping assets running well and cargo moving as efficiently as possible. Ports are challenged to prioritize their limited resources between major capital investments required for bigger ships, versus the cyclical major upgrades of wharves and other facilities. And although ...

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