The Changing Configuration of Commercial Ports

by Donald L. Mosman, Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterfront Planning and Development


The ports of the world are constantly changing. The present day concept of a ship or barge entering a harbor, being unloaded, reloaded and 'sailing' out is not really understood or known by many people, including engineers and planners. The ports of today are a complex intermodal and many faceted activity, incorporating the very latest engineering and computerized innovations. The future requirements of ports are changing faster than most organizations can adapt their latest changes to accommodate the needs of the industry. Future planning has to be addressed regularly and must include both short and long-range strategic goals and objectives. Most modern public ports of today are a diversity of cargo handling terminals, commercial and recreational conglomerates providing for the needs of commerce, industry, navigation and environment in its community.

Subject Headings: Industries | Ports and harbors | Coastal processes | Barges | Innovation | Freight terminals | Recreation | Navigation (geomatic)

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