The New Yorker

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    VACCINE DISTRIBUTION BUILDS BRIGHT SPOTS

    2021-09-01T17:59:00Z

    COMMENT: Amidst a continuing flow of bad news about COVID-19 in the maritime business, with mariners stuck aboard vessels, bright spots have emerged along the East, West and Gulf coasts, in the U.S. ports, writes Barry Parker.

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    HOME DEPOT TAKES TO THE WATER

    2021-07-03T22:00:00Z

    COMMENT: The debate in Washington, D.C. over “infrastructure”- however you define it, is continuing, writes Barry Parker.

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    NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL

    2021-06-22T17:19:00Z

    COMMENT: USA infrastructure has endured yet another crisis, with the outage of the Colonial Pipeline, a major artery for moving refined products from refineries (in the US Gulf Coast) to consumers in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic, writes Barry Parker.

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    PORT BRAGGING RIGHTS

    2021-05-24T09:01:00Z

    Well, truth be told, for a while I stopped writing about “Infrastructure” bills from Washington, DC after an almost handful of failed efforts. This time, it may be different, but I am not holding my breath, writes Barry Parker.

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    PORTS: GREAT ENGINES OF GROWTH

    2021-04-16T16:08:00Z

    COMMENT: Yes, this column’s name refers to a place up north, but, like many native New Yorkers, I spend time in the “Sixth Borough”- otherwise known as Florida, writes Barry Parker.

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    NEW ADMINISTRATION, NEW ‘SUPER-CYCLE’

    2021-03-30T23:25:00Z

    COMMENT: All along the East Coast, the talk is all about off shore wind, writes Barry Parker.

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    PORTS: A FRONT ROW SEAT

    2021-02-22T09:00:00Z

    COMMENT: I must confess, over the past four years, I got a little tired of writing about the huge breakthrough “Infrastructure” investment initiatives which, as all boats rise with the tide, would benefit ports throughout the USA, writes Barry Parker.

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    REDUCING THE CARBON INTENSITY

    2020-12-23T09:00:00Z

    COMMENT: Ships calling at ports are subject to international regulations drawn up by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with headquarters on the River Thames but with 170+ member states, and a nearly equal number of hangers-on. Obviously, the IMO’s actions will impact ports directly - think about waste or ballast ...

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    THE R-WORD, RESILIENCY

    2020-11-18T15:17:00Z

    COMMENT: Around New York, we’ve seen huge sea changes since the beginning of 2020, along with the rest of the maritime world, writes Barry Parker.

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    GREEN WINS IN RED AND BLUE RACE

    2020-10-14T13:42:00Z

    COMMENT: All eyes are on the U.S. Presidential election, being held on November 3rd, writes Barry Parker.

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    STRESSING THE IMPORTANCE

    2020-09-18T12:01:00Z

    COMMENT: In the commercial shipping realm, one of the major disappointments (dare I say “scandal?”) tied to the COVID-19 pandemic has been the difficulties in the movement of seafarers, brought on by a maze of travel restrictions and bureaucratic impediments, writes Barry Parker.

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    POST-PANDEMIC – “NEW NORMAL” OBSERVATIONS

    2020-07-26T19:56:00Z

    COMMENT: The late and great baseball player/philosopher Yogi Berra once opined, “It’s very difficult to predict what might happen….especially in the future," writes Barry Parker.

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    REPUTATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS

    2020-06-22T15:55:00Z

    COMMENT: When describing shipping matters, clichés such as “best of times/ worst of times” are abounding at present, writes Barry Parker.

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    COVID-19 – THE NEW YORK ANGLE

    2020-05-08T01:13:00Z

    COMMENT: Worldwide supply chains, and the ports that go with them, have been completely overtaken by the Coronavirus, COVID-19 issue, writes Barry Parker.

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    THE I-WORD – AN ECONOMIC FILLIP?

    2020-05-06T00:57:00Z

    COMMENT: Yes, we have heard it before. Investment in infrastructure (the “I-word”) was a centerpiece of President Trump’s campaign four years ago; it also figured in peace-making overtures between Democrats (led by House speaker Nancy Pelosi) and the party of Trump, the Republicans, during the various political feuds of subsequent ...

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    It's important to be part of the mix

    2020-03-23T11:02:00Z

    COMMENT: Every February, the local and Norwegian and Greek Chambers of Commerce host an excellent conference along the East River waterfront (across from the long-gone industrial terminals in Long Island City and Greenpoint), writes Barry Parker.

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    Backing something positive as front-page

    2020-02-17T15:43:00Z

    COMMENT: Lately, the dys-function, or non-function, in Washington, D.C. is palpable, writes Barry Parker.

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    Get loud...to be heard

    2019-12-10T17:13:00Z

    COMMENT: For many years, stakeholders in the U.S. ports business have been seeking to unlock some of the stranded money in the Harbor Maintenance trust Fund - some $9 billion sitting in the Federal coffers, and enable it to be spent on dredging and other needed projects that will benefit ...

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    Outside the bubble

    2019-11-11T16:33:00Z

    COMMENT: One of my big issues is the relationship of the maritime business with the rest of the world, existing “outside the bubble," writes Barry Parker.

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    Sustainable conferences

    2019-10-23T13:24:00Z

    COMMENT: The conference season is upon us with a vengeance, after a summer lull, back-at-work shipping and port professionals are faced with tough choices of which events (often overlapping, or worse, simultaneous) to attend, writes Barry Parker.