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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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The Dredging Scoop

Routine, yet never repetitive, dredging operations challenge ports and encourage them to work together, communicate, plan and persevere. Photo courtesy of Jim Jagar, Port of Alaska By Sandy Smith At the Port of Alaska, dredging is an annual occurrence. Under a contract funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, more than 1 million cubic yards of material is removed ...

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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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Guide to Grants

Financing projects for ports requires multiple stakeholders from the public and private sectors to work together using a diverse combination of resources. By Barry Parker Securing grants is one of the optimum ways to finance port projects. And there are a lot out there with just that purpose. However, knowing what’s available and having the know-how and personnel who can ...

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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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Tips on Organizing and Running a Successful Photo Contest

By Shani Calvo What better way to pro-mote your port than to encourage people to send you beautiful photos of your port in action and its surroundings? That’s exactly what these ports were able to do when they came up with the idea of a photo contest. These ports encouraged photographers and creative types to capture images of their port ...

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