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"This booklet used to be written with the aim of redefining the strategic function of world seaports within the current "Post-New financial system Era." Ports are those notable human buildings that over centuries mirror the epitome of worldwide evolution, fiscal progress, and innovation. As 70.8% of the worldwide floor is roofed by way of water, seaports mirror all sovereign countries' political superiority and monetary prosperity. Ports Read more...

summary: "This e-book was once written with the aim of redefining the strategic position of worldwide seaports within the current "Post-New economic system Era." Ports are those extraordinary human structures that over centuries replicate the epitome of worldwide evolution, fiscal development, and innovation. As 70.8% of the worldwide floor is roofed via water, seaports mirror all sovereign international locations' political superiority and fiscal prosperity. Ports are the pillars of world economic climate, alternate, and delivery: eighty% of world commodities are carried by means of water; over 4000 seaports, harbors and inland waterways, and a number of terminals in line with port facilitate international alternate by way of serving over 50,000 oceangoing ships whereas producing over 30% of the worldwide GDP on an annual foundation. traditionally, the increase and fall of empires were linked to seaports, both via naval battles every now and then of struggle or via sea alternate and shipping from time to time of peace. actually, superpowers and strong economies express their long-standing energy and dominance via seaports. The delivery has exceptional intensity, standpoint, and constitution, and it contains a plethora of sciences and humanities: for maritime execs to outlive during this hugely aggressive, speedily altering surroundings, they should own either useful and theoretical wisdom of as many disciplines as attainable, together with strategic pondering; worldwide economics; political technological know-how; legislation and rules on safeguard, safety, the surroundings, etc; exchange agreements between international locations; contracts; naval structure; novel send designs; rising applied sciences; engineering; navigation; advertising and marketing; hazard administration; emergency reaction; incident research and root reason research; oceanography and climate reports; operations; bunkering; the strength markets; significant international commodities, logistics, and rather a lot more--Preface."

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AAPA—the alliance of major ports in the Western Hemisphere—safeguards and promotes the common pursuits of its diverse members as they are the link between their region and the global transport mechanism. AAPA offers cutting-edge leadership and strategic mentoring on port and connecting infrastructure development, operations, economics, freight transportation, security, environmental programs, and other port-related issues. In addition, AAPA actively reaches out to have conversations with the media, the public at large, policy influencers, and national, state, and local policy makers concerning the critical function of ports at a global level.

Also, AAPA has cooperative agreements with IAPH and the European Sea Ports Organization and frequently hosts port delegations from overseas—especially China, but others as well. This sort of networking facilitates technical exchanges, personal relationships, and mutual support (particularly in helping AAPA members respond to crisis such as natural and man-made disasters) and in the case of US ports in dealing with federal government issues that affect all ports—trade, Introduction 11 security, environment, channel development, and maintenance.

In the turbulent times of modern Greece, the “wooden walls” oracle is more timely than ever: The high seas are Greece’s only way to financial prosperity, as, despite the crisis, the nation remains a leading global maritime power (second after Japan), carrying 16% of the global cargoes. The Port of Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey, and the Bosphorus Canal Over millennia of rich history, this epic port still attracts tremendous commercial and diplomatic attention, because of its unparalleled geopolitical location: situated between the East and the West, this port still facilitates global trade between Europe, Asia Minor, Russia, and the landlocked, oil-rich Caspian Sea.

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