Seaports Magazine - Fall 2013 - (Page 10)

»PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Ports Fueling Energy Change By Kurt Nagle President & CEO American Association of Port Authorities A ctivity. Bustle. Movement. The hallmarks of a port. At any hour of the day, there is a lot happening – cranes offloading containers, trucks picking up and dropping loads, straddle carriers organizing empties, conveyor belts moving bulk commodities, crews performing maintenance, government officials screening cargo or security personnel checking IDs. What fuels this endless motion? Quite literally, energy is the lynchpin of a port. For any port that has suffered the effects of a natural disaster, restoring power is job number one after ensuring the safety of employees. And increasingly, maintaining a robust – and often diverse – power supply is a goal of port leaders and executives. But in a broader sense, energy is carrying ports from older business models to newer ways of thinking and operating. There have always been ports that have focused on energy as a cargo or business line. Just look to the Gulf of Mexico for examples of ports that have built themselves into a position of strength by serving or partnering with the oil and gas industries. And coal has been a critical commodity for 10 AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE Energy is carrying ports from older business models to newer ways of thinking and operating. ports throughout the Western Hemisphere for decades and – in some cases – centuries. Increasingly, though, energy means more than traditional fossil fuels. As the world looks to renewable energy sources and as western nations seek to establish energy independence from more volatile parts of the world, ports are seizing opportunities to carve out niche business lines and lead by example – both in the power sources they choose and in the ways that they partner with and support alternative energy companies. This issue of Seaports focuses on the role of ports in fueling energy change. For some ports, this means adopting policies that commit the port to working with tenants, customers, local power companies and others to ensure the resiliency and security of grid infrastructure. For others, this means committing to green power sources or energy efficiency and conservation. Many ports are staking their position in the emerging world of wind power – either as a port that specializes in importing and/or exporting turbine components or by utilizing port land as a source of power generation. The same can be said for solar power. Liquefied natural gas, or LNG, has the potential to transform transportation fuel markets – in marine, truck and rail applications. Ports are sorting out their role with this emerging energy source, both in terms of providing bunkering facilities for vessels and serving as locations for import or export terminals. As regulatory bodies, the public, fleet owners and natural gas suppliers seek to understand the potential opportunities around LNG, ports will have a critical role to play. One thing is certain – energy change is happening in our midst. Like the ports at the crux of shifting and emerging markets and new policy commitments, energy change is a blur of perpetual motion. The only constant is the certainty of its movement and activity. We’re excited to see the role that ports will play in this process and how new ways of addressing energy will transform our industry for the future. ●

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Fall 2013

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
LNG Poised for Dramatic Growth
Harnessing Wind Power
XXII Latin American Ports Congress Welcomes the World
Energy Policies Taking Hold
Environmental Certifications Offer Tangible Benefits
A Good Neighbor
AAPA to Honor 26 Ports for Communications at 102nd Convention
New Rules for Marine Engines Reduce Port Emissions
Marine-Based Renewable Energy Creating Opportunities on a Global Scale
Curb Energy Costs to Boost Profits, Maintain Competitiveness
Considerations When Evaluating Alternative Power Sources from an Air Perspective
Halifax to Implement Shore Power for 2014 Cruise Season
Aruba Creates Port-Funded Mangrove Reforestation Project
Arica: Meeting the Challenges Presented by Innovation and the Environment
FPL to Build Next Generation Energy Center at Port Everglades
Index of Advertisers

Seaports Magazine - Fall 2013