On the record: Texas well-positioned as Panama Canal expands: a conversation with retired U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Bill Diehl
Capt. Diehl, president of the Greater Houston Port Bureau, was U.S. Coast Guard liaison officer to the Panama Canal Authority from 2004 to 2006. A maritime safety, security and environmental response expert, he served on the operational managers board, charged with moving up to 14,000 vessels safely through the canal each year. Capt. Diehl discusses the importance of the Panama Canal to U.S. shipping, and the recent expansion of the canal.
AUTHORS: Diehl, Bill
Spotlight: Imports and Exports: Container trade thriving in Texas
The real value of trade processed through Texas ports grew at nearly twice the national pace. Rapid growth in trade with Asia implies that containerized shipping--the movement of goods by standardized intermodal cargo containers--will play an increasingly prominent role. ; As container shipments to Texas increase, the need to transport containerized goods from West Coast ports by rail or truck will decrease. The comparative efficiency of shipping by sea is well noted. Further efficiencies will likely be realized through economies of scale as larger ships pass through the expanded Panama Canal. These efficiencies are good news not only for Texas but for U.S. consumers.
AUTHORS: Orrenius, Pia M.; Swadley, Adam
Noteworthy: Transportation: Unexpected demand drives up shipping rates
Texas exports rose 2.7 percent in real terms in the first six months of the year, fueled by a nascent economic recovery that surprised some shipping companies. Increased demand in the state and nation contributed to spikes in the cost of container, truck and rail freight shipments.
AUTHORS: Swadley, Adam
Southeast ports jostle for region's import/export business
The shipping news: Western exports rebound
AUTHORS: Daly, Mary C.; D'Souza, Carol
Changing tides for North Atlantic ports
AUTHORS: Crone, Theodore M.
Summary of the Report on the Competitiveness of Puerto Rico's Economy
Remarks before the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce Annual Convention, Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
AUTHORS: McAndrews, James J.
The shipping news & forecast
District ports face many competitive challenges, but whether they sink or swim over the long term will likely depend on infrastructure improvements.
AUTHORS: Jedd, Marcia
The 'big drink' a few swallows short
AUTHORS: Wirtz, Ronald A.
Measuring the economic impact of ports: a case study for the Port of Richmond
AUTHORS: Russell, Steven; Owens, Raymond E.