Seaports Magazine - Spring 2016 - (Page 22)
By Kathy A. Smith
he role that maintenance and
upgrades play at ports is naturally critical to keeping assets
running well and cargo moving
as efficiently as possible. Ports are challenged to prioritize their limited resources
between major capital investments required
for bigger ships, versus the cyclical major
upgrades of wharves and other facilities.
And although fostering partnerships with
shipping lines and public and private sector
agencies continues to help support the supply chain infrastructure, more is needed.
Ensuring the land side part of the equation is operating optimally is also crucial.
"Making sure land side rail and truck connections are working efficiently has been
somewhat downplayed because ports have
typically been able to solve their worst
problems inside the gate," says Rachel C.
Vandenberg, Vice President of Dewberry,
a Virginia-based industry consultancy.
"Going forward, partnering with the local
transportation entities and state level
departments of transportation is going to
be really important."
Vandenberg believes looking at ports
more holistically, as part of the broader
cargo transportation solution is vital to making progress as an industry. "With the FAST
Photo credit: Steve Farmer
The Port of Halifax purchased a remotelyoperated vehicle to assist with regular
inspection of piers for any needed repairs
and capital upgrades.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Spring 2016
From the President’s Desk
Port to Market: Building Infrastructure to Meet Demand
Turning on the Funding Tap
Seaports Maintenance and Modernization
Do Ports Know What’s Coming?
Surface Transportation System Enables Economic Prosperity
Dredged Material Disposal: 5 Ways to Expedite Federal Approval
The Importance of Infrastructure in the Cruise Industry
Index of Advertisers
Seaports Magazine - Spring 2016