Addressing Risks to Ports, Trade, and Supply Chains


Published on Jun 13, 2013

America's prosperity begins along the shore, where ports and harbors serve as gateways to international and domestic trade and connect our nation to the expanding global marketplace.

From the hurricane season of 2005 to the 2011 Japanese earthquake, the disruption of global supply chains -- which are utterly dependent on ports as hubs of an intermodal transportation network -- has been shown to have a huge impact on local, coastal business and the national economy. In anticipation of changes including rising sea levels and the widening of the Panama Canal, this discussion will examine how ports and port users are taking action to address escalating risks, including how American businesses and communities can mitigate the impact of anticipated, unexpected, and disruptive coastal changes on global supply chains.

The Honorable Alan Lowenthal | US House of Representatives, CA-47

Richard D. Stewart | Co-Director, Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute

Roger Bohnert | Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Intermodal System Development, Maritime Administration

Kathy Broadwater | Deputy Executive Director, Maryland Port Administration

John Farrell | Executive Director, U.S. Arctic Research Commission

Jim Haussener | Executive Director, California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference

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