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Port planning and economics expert discussed the outlook in shipping markets at industry seminar

​Global shipping markets may be down, but signs of a turnaround are on the horizon. Cardno’s Bob West, an international expert in port planning and port economics for more than 40 years, addressed this topic at an American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) seminar on June 8, 2016, in Jersey City, NJ. His speech, Is the Outlook Really that Bleak?, captured the audience’s attention by focusing on the ramifications of the current downturn and prospects for improvement.

Bob also led a related panel discussion, Optimizing Flows in a Period of Great Uncertainty, with industry experts: Kat Janowicz, President, 3COTECH; Sam Ruda, Director of Maritime Business Development, Port Authority of NY & NJ; and Doug Hansen, Director of Strategic Planning, CERES Terminals and NYK.

AAPA held this seminar to discuss approaches to cargo optimization in port operations. It covered technological matters, packing more containers into smaller space, and procedural approaches to optimizing container cargo in the yard in preparation for ever-larger ships that are arriving and departing.

Representatives from the nation’s three largest port authorities attended, including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which was the host sponsor, plus equipment suppliers, consultants, and representatives from several US East Coast ports and shipping lines.

For a copy of his speech and for more information on the state of the industry, contact:

Bob West
Senior Project Manager – Government Services Division
Phone: + 1 410-990-0299