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Port Planning: Finding the Flexibility

The shock to the global supply chain from the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of port operations, including construction and expansion. 

However, amongst all this one principle remains key, flexibility. As pointed out by Mott MacDonald’s port planning team in the latest edition of the e-Journal, ports are demanding flexibility in their plans, and flexibility can mean how successful a port is at surviving periods of uncertainty.  

Excerpt: “COVID-19 is a prime example of this and
of market shocks, you need to be able to respond to those issues by changing purposes,” explained Sean Barker, Global Practice Leader – Ports, Coastal & Offshore, Mott MacDonald. “Some businesses are succeeding or growing as a result [of the COVID-19 crisis] and others are failing, their requirements within ports are changing.”

Author(s): Interview with Sean Barker, Global Practice Leader – Ports, Coastal & Offshore, and Peter Mallin, Senior Ports Project Manager, Mott MacDonald Ports Team


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