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FROM THE PRESIDENT'S DESK

Ports Focus on the Future
By Kurt J. Nagle
President & CEO
American Association of Port Authorities

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o be at a port is to witness motion. Vehicles and equipment, people and cargo, ocean waves and coastal animals...there is always something or someone moving at
a port. While ports themselves remain fixed in place,
many for hundreds of years and often despite weather events that
can damage facilities, ports also always are moving - through time.
The Western Hemisphere's ports may be physically standing
still, but they are always moving forward - planning and executing
strategic visions when it comes to business development, infrastructure projects and environmental and community leadership.
They are also ready to react to events and industry changes that
may come at them with little or no warning.
No matter how busy ports may be in the present day, they never
lose sight of the future.
This fall, AAPA will hold its Annual Convention in Long Beach,
and the Port of Long Beach has promised to showcase the "Green
Port of the Future" - a bold vision for a strong business foundation,
world-class infrastructure, environmental leadership and community partnerships. In this issue of Seaports magazine, we build
on the Annual Convention theme to focus on the future of ports.
Sometimes focusing on the future means having a vision for
where your organization is headed - or where it can go with the
right set of decisions. For many ports, this means finding niche
cargos to handle. Not every port can handle every type of cargo
well, and many of AAPA's members - be they large or small - succeed because they know what they want to be known for and are
smart about figuring out how to grow. As ports investigate the
possibilities of new business lines, they have important decisions
to make. Successful ports don't limit their future opportunities but
also are careful not to grow in a haphazard or unsustainable way.
Keeping an eye on the future can also mean taking a more tactical approach - such as energy usage and whether or not it makes
sense for a port to embrace alternative fuels. Liquefied natural

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Successful ports don't limit their
future opportunities but also are
careful not to grow in a haphazard or
unsustainable way.
gas (LNG) is the subject of much discussion within the port and
shipping industry, and many ports are trying to figure out how and
when LNG fits best into their vision for the future.
Many ports are simply focused on trying to accelerate their
future plans, especially when it comes to infrastructure projects.
The process of completing projects such as bridges, intermodal
connectors, channel deepenings and terminal improvements can
take many years, if not decades. So ports are trying to play a more
active role in finding creative ways to bring these projects to fruition sooner, even though that often involves working in constrained
regulatory environments.
As ports figure out where they want to go and how they can get
there, many are utilizing the skills and talents of employees and
solution providers who come with significant non-port experience.
Ports can draw inspiration for the future by looking at outside industries for ideas and examples of creative problem solving in action.
Ports are certainly not waiting around for the future to simply
happen to them. Throughout the western hemisphere, AAPA member ports are optimistic about business, confident in their infrastructure investments, proud of their environmental improvements
and encouraged by deep relationships with their local communities.
This issue of Seaports magazine is designed to be a tool for ports
to find the best ideas and inspiration to help them achieve their
individual futures. While there will be similarities in what our ports
achieve as time keeps marching, each port will continue to have
a unique vision and place in our vibrant and healthy industry.  ●



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Fall 2017

AAPA Headquarters
From the President's Desk
Seizing LNG Supply Chain Opportunities
Find Your Niche
The Power of One, Collaboration by Many
Bringing the Outside In
Accelearating the Future
Power Shift: In the Energy Sector, Change Is the Only Constant
Strengthening U.S. Ports to Support Increasing Freight and Transportation
Port Partnerships for Strategic Positioning and Success
Index of Advertisers
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Seaports Magazine - Fall 2017 - AAPA Headquarters
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Seaports Magazine - Fall 2017 - From the President's Desk
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Seaports Magazine - Fall 2017 - Seizing LNG Supply Chain Opportunities
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Seaports Magazine - Fall 2017 - The Power of One, Collaboration by Many
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Seaports Magazine - Fall 2017 - Bringing the Outside In
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Seaports Magazine - Fall 2017 - Accelearating the Future
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Seaports Magazine - Fall 2017 - Power Shift: In the Energy Sector, Change Is the Only Constant
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Seaports Magazine - Fall 2017 - Strengthening U.S. Ports to Support Increasing Freight and Transportation
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Seaports Magazine - Fall 2017 - Port Partnerships for Strategic Positioning and Success
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