Leadership

Finding the Right Mix – A Latin American Port’s Perspective

Located on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, the Port of Cartagena has grown substantially by developing relationships and earning expertise as a major transshipment hub. By Tom Hranac—  As container trade volumes and ship sizes have grown, so too has the importance of transshipment hubs in container shipping networks, including those in Latin America. But it takes much more than location or ...

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Latin American Ports Debate Globalization and Protectionism

The 26th edition of the AAPA Latin American Congress of Ports strengthened its status as the premier port conference in Latin America by gathering more than 350 participants from over 30 countries and four continents from November 6-9 in Punta del Este, Uruguay, under the theme “Latin American Ports, between Globalization and Protectionism.” By Tom Hranac Forty-four speakers from 15 ...

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Preparing for Growth Through Multiple Modes

Ports are continually increasing and improving their intermodal and multimodal capacities and connections to prepare for the increases in freight traffic predicted. By Mary Lou Jay  The U.S. Department of Transportation predicts that the country’s freight traffic will increase by 45 percent by 2045. In anticipation of that growth, U.S. ports are continually increasing and improving their intermodal and multimodal ...

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Find Your Niche

It has become increasingly challenging to be ‘all things to all people.’ Ports need to identify their strengths to pinpoint the areas where they can grow and excel. Finding your port’s niche is a matter of matching your strengths with the opportunities out there – then being realistic in your expectations. By Sandy Smith Back in the 1950s, the Port ...

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The Power of One, Collaboration by Many

API Puerto Vallarta caters solely to cruise ships and tourists, but manages to make it work – partially due to its relationships with other ports on the cruise ship routes. By Tom Hranac As a port that completely relies on tourism, Administración Portuaria Integral de Puerto Vallarta´s business model seems to run contrary to the old saying “Don’t put all ...

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Stakeholders: A Seaport’s Secret Resource

The easiest way to pull the rug out from under a port’s success is to ignore stakeholders. Seaports need informed, supportive allies to set the stage for almost any project or initiative. By Lori Musser The easiest way to pull the rug out from under a port’s success is to ignore stakeholders. Seaports need informed, supportive allies to set the ...

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Why Ports Need Allies: Maintaining a Working Waterfront Takes a Network of Supporters

Maintaining coastal property for maritime activities is critical to ports’ success and requires ports to find allies and partners in other levels of government, the community and the private sector to succeed. By Candace Gibson It’s a delicate balance to maintain a working waterfront and nurture relationships with parties who want a piece of valuable maritime real estate. Ports are ...

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Port Cooperation: In the Name of Productivity

Port Cooperation: In the Name of Productivity By Lori Musser Fiercely competitive at most times, seaports have been known to mine each other’s cargo and passengers, tenants and terminal operators, and even employees. They do come together to learn and to share best practices in some functional areas, and to speak in unison to legislators and regulators. What they rarely ...

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Strategy at Seaports Is Key to Handling Capacity Challenges

Strategy at Seaports Is Key to Handling Capacity Challenges By Candace Gibson On any given day, the hustle and bustle of a seaport is devoted to the purpose of bringing in vessels, loading and unloading cargo/passengers, provisioning the vehicle and getting those vessels back out to sea as quickly as possible. The premise sounds simple enough, but providing sufficient capacity ...

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