Seaports Magazine - Spring 2016 - (Page 22)

»FEATURE SEAPORTS MAINTENANCE AND MODERNIZATION By Kathy A. Smith T 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. 22 AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Spring 2016

AAPA Headquarters
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