Leadership

PORTS + POLITICS: Cruise Ships Are a Vital Part of Our Economy and Regional Security

Restarting the cruise industry, with proper safety protocols in place, is an integral part of ensuring the massive trade and cargo operations continue to thrive to and from PortMiami – and the rest of the Western Hemisphere – as the cruise industry could help restore some of the fragile economies that are finally beginning to regain stability. By U.S. Congresswoman ...

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Mission Accomplished!

By Tom Gresham The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted plans around the world. Ports, for instance, faced an array of challenges in 2020 that tested their resources in ways that were unprecedented – a series of vicious curve balls thrown at every aspect of their operations. However, ports responded with creativity and resolve to excel in the face of the pandemic and ...

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Changing Face of the Port Industry: The COVID-19 Recovery Phase

If change brings opportunity, then seaports have a remarkable year ahead of them. After adjusting to multiple stressors that marred their carefully conceived strategic plans in 2020, including the worst public health crisis in a century, ports are now deploying and fine-tuning innovative solutions. While the transportation system has been wholly stricken by the pandemic, seaports continue to keep goods ...

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AAPA Chairman Urges Federal Support for Ports in COVID Relief Package

Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach and AAPA chairman of the board, testified before a House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee urging federal relief for U.S. ports in a final COVID relief package. Cordero acknowledged the importance of these relief funds for the safety of workers, minimizing supply chain disruptions and economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis. ...

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AAPA Embarks on Path Back to the Future

By Chris Connor, President & CEO, American Association of Port Authorities As you are probably aware, AAPA sold its building in Alexandria and we have now fully vacated the premises as of October 23. It was quite an undertaking to clear out; it has been the Association’s home since 1984, and you can just imagine the amount of ‘stuff’ we ...

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Ports Navigating an Ocean of Technology

By Lori Musser Seaports are navigating through an ocean of technology that includes automation, 5G, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, cybersecurity, digitalization, extended reality and blockchain. Deploying the right technology at the right time is mission critical. Mario Cordero,executive director of the Port of Long Beach, said, with the global community in the midst of a technological revolution, “Digital transformation ...

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Social’s Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

Ports of all sizes are leveraging social media to support overall business strategy, engage stakeholders in planning, showcase their vital role in the economy and build community awareness of environmental and other initiatives. And they’re having fun doing it. By David Coburn From the Canadian Maritimes to San Diego and the Pacific Northwest to the Gulf of Mexico, ports throughout ...

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Stronger Together

The Q3 2020 issue of AAPA’s Seaports Magazine is now online! The theme of this issue is Stronger Together. Just as ports are finding new strengths during this unprecedented time, so are vendors, partners and business associates. And so is AAPA. Add all of those strengths and innovative ideas together, and you come up with an industry that is learning ...

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ACCELerate: Forging New Pathways, Accelerating the Workforce

It is a great time to engage with AAPA and take advantage of one of its newest programs, ACCELerate! As the steward of this brand-new initiative, AAPA is forging career pathways for American workers and building a future-proof workforce for a strong and secure transportation system. There are endless opportunities to get involved whether you are a port, industry solution ...

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