Leadership

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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Fresh Perspectives

By Lori Musser Once in a while, every seaport faces a fresh problem, or has a wrench thrown into the works creating a situation that just can’t be solved conventionally. While in-house talent typically tackles the tough issues, sometimes an outside perspective is needed to bring about the best solution. This appears to be especially true of digital and technology ...

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GUEST ARTICLE: Disrupted Leadership

5 Questions Boards Should Ask in the Pandemic Environment By Tim McNamara, K.D., Odgers Berndtson Now is the time for boards and senior leaders to consider how leadership will be defined in a professional environment where COVID-19 is the backdrop. In the current pandemic and in a post-peak COVID-19 world, boards and senior management are being required to reassess the ...

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The Right People at the Right Time

Seaports need specialized skill sets that vary by port and evolve over time, which means human resource departments are being continually tasked with aligning ports’ needs with skilled candidates.

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Getting Down with Partnering Up

A port is only as good as its partners. Seaports depend on strong partnerships with a range of interests to capitalize on the opportunities and navigate the challenges that determine their short-term and long-term success.

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Port Mastery

The port of the future is one that interlaces logistics needs, community expectations and shipping/cargo demands in addition to planning on terminal growth and change. As ports are modernizing, growing and changing, master planners are coming up with ways to creatively incorporate innovative ideas that wind together and present a user-, community- and business-friendly front.

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