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We recommend 1) Identifying 3-5 current or future challenges marine terminals/ports are facing. For each challenge, we will describe the challenge, the implications of the challenge on the marine port, and 1-2 ideas or solutions that have been considered or implemented to address the challenge. 2) We recommend identifying 3-5 additional current or future challenges marine terminals/ports are facing. For each challenge, we will describe the challenge, the implications of the challenge on the marine port, and 1-2 ideas or solutions that have been considered or implemented to address the challenge. Challenges identified and discussed may, but are not required to, include those identified in early research. We recommend 3) Providing 3-5 additional insights related to tariffs, political and societal issues, such as economic considerations (e.g., recessions, trade issues, epidemics), or sustainability issues. These additional insights will be unique, and not repeat those found in the previous 2 challenge analyses. Broad-ranging issues and challenges, such as sustainability issues, may be discussed if the specific sustainability issue is unique and not previously-identified.
We recommend 1) Identifying 5-7 technologies (current or emerging) that are being implemented to improve marine port/terminal operations. For each technology, we will describe the technology in detail, and describe the problem it addresses in marine port operations. Technologies may include, but are not limited to, automated stacking cranes (ASCs), data visualization tools and technologies, data-driven technologies that support decision-making, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) or the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.
We further recommend 1) providing a demographic profile of current marine port/terminal employees, which may include, but is not limited to, age, gender, income, and education level. A minimum of 4 demographic factors will be provided. We recommend 2) Providing 2-3 insights surrounding workforce recruitment. For each insight, we will describe the insight in detail and 2-3 methods that are being considered or have been implemented to address the workforce recruitment issues. These insights may include but are not limited to, insights related to the recruitment of younger generations (millennials or GenX).