Wednesday, June 10, 2015
As the world of global commerce changes, shipping companies, ports, and cities adjust and adapt to meet demands to get products to their final destination in the most efficient and cost effective manner. Significantly larger container ships are being built. The expansion of the Panama Canal by early 2016 is expected to have a ripple effect shifting commerce and traffic throughout the West Coast, Gulf of Mexico, and beyond. China is committed to financing a new canal through Nicaragua. With these large projects come jobs, business, investment, and community development opportunities as well as environmental consequences. Communities have been planning, analyzing, incentivizing, and investing for years in anticipation to gain or retain their competitive advantage and partnerships in the changing U.S. shipping trade routes and networks.
The Honorable Alan Lowenthal
U.S. House of Representatives, CA-47
Co-Founder and Executive Director, North American Marine Environment Protection Association
William J. Douros
West Coast Regional Director, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
President and CEO, World Shipping Council
Joseph P. Ruddy
Chief Innovation Officer, Port of Virginia
Glenn A. Wiltshire
Deputy Port Director, Port Everglades
David Yoskowitz, Ph.D.
Chief Economist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration