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Port Finance Reports

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Public Port Finance Survey

This report contains financial data on maritime activities at U.S. and Canadian ports, including the income statement, balance sheet, outstanding bonds, debt service, sales offices, and cargo tonnage. Data on contributions, donations, and grants received, as well as ratio analyses, are included.

Click here to link to the latest report: Public Port Finance Survey for FY 2006

U.S. Public Port Development Expenditure Report

The expenditure report is the only publication in the port industry to cover capital expenditures at U.S. ports. It covers fiscal year (FY) 2006 capital expenditures and projected expenditures for the next five years (FYs 2007-2011), as well as financing methods used to fund these expenditures. The report aggregates data by geographical region, type of facility, on- and off-terminal infrastructure, dredging, and by new construction and modernization/rehabilitation. It also breaks out security and container facility investments.

Click here to link to the latest report: U.S. Public Port Development Expenditure Report (FYs 2006 & 2007-2011)

Port Risk Management & Insurance Guidebook

Ports can save significant money and resources if good risk management practices are pursued aggressively and proactively. The objective of the Port Risk Management & Insurance Guidebook is to provide public ports with the basic skills and information needed to establish and maintain appropriate and cost-effective insurance and risk management programs. It is designed to serve as a practical “how-to” manual and educational reference text. While it is written from a port’s perspective and geared toward the basics of insurance and risk management, experienced port risk managers and other organizations in the industry should also find it valuable.

The Guidebook was prepared through a cooperative effort between the Maritime Administration and a dedicated group of insurance, safety, and risk management professionals under the auspices of the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) Finance Committee. Revisions to the Guidebook are published on an as-needed basis.

Click here to link to the original Guidebook and its updates:
Original document (published in 1998) / 1999 update / 2001 update

MARAD Port Economic Impact Kit

For 25 years, the Maritime Administration has played a leading role in the development of local and national economic impact models for the port industry. The Port Economic Impact Kit (MARAD Port Kit) – released in December 2000 – is a self-contained, PC-based model that was developed to help U.S. deep-draft ports and other organizations explain the value of the port industry and port facility investments to their communities. Using a user-friendly, menu-driven format, the model assesses the economic impact of maritime-related construction and on-going activities at the national, state, and local levels.

The MARAD Port Kit combines a proven and accepted economic approach – input-output (I-O) analysis – with up-to-date portrayals of key maritime sectors. On-going maritime activities modeled in the Kit include container, liquid and dry bulk, breakbulk, auto transport, cruise, project cargo, and passenger ferry operations. The Kit considers all activities directly needed to handle each specific movement. Maritime construction and dredging are also included in the model.

An advisory committee of member ports from the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) provided technical assistance throughout the project. Other key maritime industry associations and U.S. ports also provided substantial support, information and guidance. In addition, the MARAD Port Kit underwent significant beta-testing prior to its release.

Copies of the model are available from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) website for $79.00 plus shipping and handling. Do a Technical Reports Search on “MARAD Port Kit” (NTIS Order Number: PB2001500021) or call the NTIS sales desk at 800-553-6847 or 703-605-6000. The software is on one CD-ROM disk and requires Windows 95, 98, or NT to run. All documentation is on the disk.

Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2018