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    Pay attention to data guys


    COMMENT: Admittedly, I am a transport aficionado, so imagine my delight when I discovered a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey podcast - really an audio file with an interview - of in-house data analysts, prepared by the US Office of Planning and Development, writes Barry Parker.

  • Gas goals: JAXPORT has fitted LNG tanks to its Talleyrand Marine Terminal. Credit: JAXPORT

    Finding fuel partners


    COMMENT: The underlying shipping markets seem to be gathering steam, if presenters at recent ship finance conferences are to be believed, writes Barry Parker.

  • Lined up: getting supplies out of the port is a priority post-hurricanes

    Preparing for the unexpected


    COMMENT: Among US port professionals, the late summer of 2017 will be remembered not for the New York Yankees’ advancing to the baseball playoffs, but, rather for a series of hurricanes leading to both human suffering and business hardships, writes Barry Parker.

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    An ear to the ground


    COMMENT: A major news item during an uncharacteristically busy August was the announcement by A.P. Moller-Maersk that it would be de-accessioning its oil production business, in a deal worth $7.5bn including shares and debt, writes Barry Parker.

  • Issues: the Bayonne Bridge lift has helped volumes but there are other challenges on the horizon. Credit: Alec Perkins

    Attractions of port property


    COMMENT: For ports around the US, the news is good. With an economy that’s chugging along very nicely, volumes of imports are projected to reach record levels as transits and port calls of neo-panamax ships become commonplace, writes Barry Parker

  • Dialogue: opening up channels of communication with the cargo owners should be a priority for ports. Credit: Caratello

    Get to the cargo interests


    COMMENT: While this year''s Marine Money week in New York did not feature any specific sessions on port financing, it did serve as an important reminder of cargo in the shipping mix, in which ports play a pivotal role, writes Barry Parker.

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    Mixing cargo and commuters


    COMMENT: This year, ferry transport is all the rage, at least around New York, writes Barry Parker.

  • On channel: newsmakers have made the most of Trump's political posturing. Credit: Steve Baker

    Play at their own game


    COMMENT: US political news has attracted quite a bit of attention of late. Much like a good reality show on TV striving for good ratings, the newsmakers have succeeded in creating a good - albeit maddening - formula for boosting viewer and readership, writes Barry Parker.

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    A question of branding


    COMMENT: Walking around a large cruise shipping expo in Florida - where I escaped yet another New York snowstorm - I found representatives of an industrial port in Brazil, São Sebastião, emphasising its blue water, lush surroundings and its proximity to São Paulo as its key notes to attracting cruise ...

  • Off road: forward-thinking cross harbour service links New York's Red Hook Container Terminal by water to New Jersey. Credit: Red Hook Terminal

    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 ...

  • Blowing in: activity in offshore US waters can be good for port business. Credit: Paul

    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.

  • Forward thinking: Vancouver has taken the step of mapping out a path through to 2050. Credit: Robin Jaffray

    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.

  • Choice: which candidate is the lesser of two evils for ports?

    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.

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    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.

  • Tight knit: Great Lakes' ports are considering a supra-ports authority. Credit: Ports of Indiana

    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.

  • What might the implications of Brexit be for global shipping? Credit: Rareclass

    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.

  • On track: ports could get ahead of the curve through better 'freight mobility'. Credit: Gord McKenna

    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, ...

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    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.

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    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.

  • Whiteout: New York's snow storms challenged port operations. Credit: Malinda Rathnayake

    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.