Seaports Magazine - Summer 2015 - (Page 8)

»FROM THE PRESIDENT'S DESk The Real Value of Ports By Kurt J. Nagle President & CEO American Association of Port Authorities A t the AAPA 2015 Spring Conference, AAPA unveiled new information highlighting the unprecedented impact of the seaport industry and some startling realities about its supporting infrastructure. The truth is hemispheric seaports are threatened by congestion and crumbling transportation infrastructure. In the United States, seaports play a critical role to our economy with $6 billion dollars' worth of products moving through America's ports every day. A recent economic impact study conducted by Martin Associates shows that ports generated more than 23 million jobs and $321 billion in tax revenue in 2014 alone. Worried about the future of our transportation infrastructure and freight transportation, AAPA conducted a survey of our membership to more fully understand the needs. On April 21, AAPA released our survey, The State of Freight, that quantifies the need for investment in port infrastructure that connects deep-draft United States seaports to the rest of the nation's freight transportation system. A couple of key findings from AAPA's freight survey report illustrate the challenges we face: * Congestion is on the rise at land-side seaport connectors. Thirty-seven percent of our survey respondents said congestion at their ports' intermodal connections has increased between 10 percent and 25 percent. Thirty-three percent saw more than a 25 percent increase in congestion. 8 AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE * Congestion is hurting port productivity. Thirty-three percent of respondents said congestion at their port's intermodal connectors over the past 10 years has caused port productivity to decline more than 25 percent. * Sizable investment is needed to improve intermodal connections. Seventy-six percent of survey respondents said a minimum of $10 million must be invested in their port's intermodal connectors through 2025. skill set in longshoremen and stevedores, as increasingly sophisticated logistics management systems are incorporated into the loading and unloading of everlarger ships. Larger ships require more meticulous use of constrained terminal space and a higher set of expectations when it comes to productivity. Port jobs don't always come from working vessels. In the United States, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) is one year into its implementa- The truth is hemispheric seaports are threatened by congestion and crumbling transportation infrastructure. These numbers reflect the specific states of U.S. ports, but the story they tell echoes throughout the hemisphere. Ports throughout Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean face similar challenges when it comes to infrastructure and congestion. All of this matters, of course, because of the economic impact of seaports. And one of the ways seaports make their economic presence known best is in the jobs they create directly and those they induce through trade facilitation. This issue of Seaports magazine focuses on jobs. The face of maritime jobs is changing. Technology is driving a new tion, and this issue of Seaports examines the effect the bill has had in generating jobs. One of the key messages that Congressional leaders delivered to their colleagues in urging passage of WRRDA was its potential for job creation through dredging and water infrastructure construction jobs. Part of having a robust port workforce is preparing the next generation of employees through education and training programs. Ports throughout the hemisphere take this responsibility seriously and have created a number of programs to train and prepare younger workers for careers in the port and maritime industry. ●

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Summer 2015

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
A Paradigm Shift
U.S. Ports Benefit Economy
Port Education and Training Programs for the Next Generation
WRRDA One Year Later
Saltwater in His Veins
We Need to Invest in the Backbone of Our Economy
MARAD Programs Help Ports Stay Strong
Preparing the Port Leaders of Tomorrow
Index of Advertisers

Seaports Magazine - Summer 2015