IGMS supports the Fletcher School's Fifth Annual Opening Arctic Conference

The Institute of Global Maritime Studies proudly sponsored the Fletcher School's Fifth Annual Opening Arctic Conference. The theme of sustainability and oppertunity in the Arctic brought together almost 200 participants, making the conference one of the largest at the Fletcher School. It featured high level policy makers, business leaders, and academics.

West Coast 2014

Inspired by Neptune voyages of years past, three intrepid Fletcher students utilized their graduate school winter break to learn more about the United States’ west coast maritime industry. We started with a bang at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. It was impressive to see the scale of the two largest intermodal ports in the US and learn about their environmental sustainability initiatives, community relations programs, and facilities handling enormous volumes of diversified international trade. We drove the beautiful Pacific coast highway north to the Port of Oakland.

Port of Portland ME

We toured several oil and dry cargo port facilities in Portland, Maine, where we were warmly received by our host, John H. Henshaw, a Fletcher School alumnus and Executive Director of the Maine Port Authority. Portland is home to New England’s only major crude oil terminal, which since opening to tankers in 1941 has supplied over four billion barrels via pipeline to refineries in the Montreal area.

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