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Trade thinking of Millennials
COMMENT: Maritime business always presents a conflict between old and new; as New York basked in warm weather, I heard about generational change at a Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) lunch; but later the same day, celebrated old tugboats at a big dinner hosted by the Working Harbor Committee, writes Barry Parker. 06 Mar 2017 - Port Strategy
Winds of change blow in
COMMENT: We've heard it before, but that didn't stop the Governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo - perhaps a future Democratic candidate for the White House (yes, I know, it's four years away) - making a big push for offshore wind farms, writes Barry Parker. 03 Feb 2017 - Port Strategy
Taking sustainability seriously
COMMENT: In early November, a high level group of advisors to the United Nations Secretary General - with several maritime business people on the team - issued a report on 'Mobilising sustainable transport for development', writes Barry Parker. 05 Dec 2016 - Port Strategy
Lesser of two evils
COMMENT: By the time readers see this article, the 2016 US Presidential election will be underway. But like many US voters, right now I am still scratching my head and trying to figure out which candidate is the lesser of two evils, writes Barry Parker.  30 Oct 2016 - Port Strategy
Shout louder to counter opposition
COMMENT: The word NIMBY (not in my backyard) has taken on a new dimension in New York, with the rampant opposition to a plan, floated by the Coast Guard, that would open ten new anchorages along the Hudson River, north of the city, writes Barry Parker. 03 Oct 2016 - Port Strategy
A model for co-operation
COMMENT: Fragmentation, however you define the word, is a fact of life when it comes to shipping and to the maritime businesses and organisations which touch it, writes Barry Parker. 05 Sep 2016 - Port Strategy
Slow burning global issues
COMMENT: New York is miles away from London, the epicenter of the shock waves that were generated in late June’s Brexit - Britain's referendum to leave the EU - vote, writes Barry Parker. 03 Aug 2016 - Port Strategy
Not all disruptors are equal
COMMENT: Disruption is in the air - or should we say, on the water since this article is about seaports, and will not mention drones. Although one could argue that a widened Panama Canal is really an expansion, not a disruption, and that reconfiguring alliances of large carriers is, likewise, a continuation of an ongoing trend, writes Barry Parker. 27 May 2016 - Port Strategy
Learning from bulk lessons
COMMENT: Some folks were missing from an early April meeting of New York Maritime, or NYMAR, part of the New York Maritime Consortium, writes Barry Parker. 14 Apr 2016 - Port Strategy
Cyber: just another risk to manage
COMMENT: One theme running through New Yorker opinion pieces is the need for ports to break out of silos to acknowledge the greater good of a particular port, writes Barry Parker. 26 Mar 2016 - Port Strategy
Perfect storm for US ports
COMMENT: New York seems to be full of 'perfect storms' lately, with a real life blizzard - which featured record-setting snowfalls - and multi-day closures of terminals, writes Barry Parker. 24 Feb 2016 - Port Strategy
Dancing to a different tune
COMMENT: Ports need to be making soothing noises, not just loud noises, about their importance, writes Barry Parker. 25 Jan 2016 - Port Strategy
Great social etiquette
COMMENT: Ports are getting #social, and that’s a #good thing. While some maritime folks (including at least one New Yorker that I know) are proud to be Luddites, the eyeballs of the general population are increasingly online., writes Barry Parker. 03 Nov 2015 - Port Strategy
Getting back in sync
COMMENT: In the past, I’ve sounded off about the port side of the business being out of sync with the carrier side: vessels are, frankly, way too big for terminals, writes Barry Parker. 10 Oct 2015 - Port Strategy
Call for creative and connected thinking
COMMENT: Ports have a tangible impact on economic vibrancy, or lack thereof. If there are any doubts about this, consider the cold water thrown upon us by the recent reports coming out of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, saying that US economic growth suffered to the tune of 0.2% GDP, based on the difficulties at the West Coast ports, writes Barry Parker. 27 Jul 2015 - Port Strategy
Time for an Optimal Size Index?
COMMENT: As this issue goes to press, the Maritime Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will be meeting in London, writes Barry Parker. 29 May 2015 - Port Strategy
Carriers disconnect needs serious thought
COMMENT: What will the world of containerships look like in 2020? Or 2025? If you take the pronouncements of Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as gospel most of the big liners will have consolidated, and there will be one super-duper high-tech salt mine to handle all the vagaries of back office functions, writes Barry Parker. 27 Apr 2015 - Port Strategy
Cruise not so detached from cargo
COMMENT: The cold weather here in New York of late drove me down to Florida for some warmth, where I was fortunate enough to attend a conference on the cruise busines, writes Barry Parker. 03 Apr 2015 - Port Strategy
Joining the US infrastructure dots
COMMENT: Sometimes policy disconnects need to be highlighted. At one extreme, the US West Coast docks have been near paralysed by an emerging infrastructure collapse, with the widely publicised labour difficulties bringing ports to their knees, writes Barry Parker. 11 Mar 2015 - Port Strategy
The tail wagging the dog
COMMENT: The vessel design and ports businesses should run on parallel paths, but they do not; instead, they are on divergent tracks, writes Barry Parker. 22 Jan 2015 - Port Strategy