Leadership

The ‘Trick’ to Training a Competent Workforce

Defining where worker training and development should start and where it should end may be the answer. * By Lori Musser * Ports generate plenty of jobs. In the United States, alone, there were 31 million at last count – 2.3 million within the port sector and the remainder in related industries. Filling all these positions with top-notch talent and ...

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Ports Prepare for an Uncertain Future

For ports, looking ahead is a serious business. They have to build enough flexibility into their long-term planning and preparations to be ready for a variety of possible scenarios – and not just build for the moment.

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Global Economic Outlook

The maritime industry in the Western Hemisphere is indirectly affected by national economies all around the globe. A look at shifting trade patterns and liner shipping consolidations can provide some insight into how other economies directly affect us and which nations are more likely to have an impact.

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The Art of the Deal

When it comes to port negotiations, what turns ‘maybe’ into ‘yes’? Sometimes, a seemingly insignificant driver can bring a deal to the tipping point. For ports, a single agreement can represent hundreds of thousands of dollars: So what makes the difference between deal or no deal? * By Sarah B. Hood * What makes a person dec­ide to sign a ...

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The Changing Faces of Leadership

Ports are embracing diversity in gender and background experience, creating new opportunities and outlooks, especially at the port leadership level. Many of these new executives share one more thing: they happen to be women. * By Sandy Smith * Accountants. Business strategists. Environmentalists. Real estate experts. These are just some of the non-traditional routes to port leadership that recent appointments have ...

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Tracking Excellence

For port directors and administrators, pursuing excellence is heavy lifting. Tracking progress is even more difficult. * By Lori Musser * Excellence starts with establishing a clear vision of a goal, and relentlessly pursuing it. Excellence requires a bias for action, doing things well and constantly digging for information and refining solutions as you go. Excellence is about accepting only ...

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Strong Safety Practices Require Holistic Approach

Ensuring a safe work environment means far more than creating a plan and practicing it once in a while. It means taking a holistic approach that encompasses everyone.  * By Sandy Smith * Natural disasters. Chemical releases. Transport accidents. Most ports have plans in place to deal with these situations. But ensuring a safe work environment means far more than ...

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Ship Shape: Ports Navigate Their Niches to Find Their Areas of Expertise

When it comes to handling a certain type of cargo, some ports immediately spring to mind as industry leaders. It may be the luck of location, years of honing expertise or a willingness to support shippers as they expand. By Sandy Smith—  When it comes to handling a certain type of cargo, some ports immediately spring to mind as industry ...

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