Making U.S. Ports Resilient as Part of Extended Intermodal Supply Chains

This report builds on NCHRP Report 732: Methodologies to Estimate the Economic Impacts of Disruptions to the Goods Movement System to provide a set of high-level guidelines, illustrated by two case studies, that will help seaport authorities (as well as state departments of transportation in which such ports are located) to minimize lost throughput capacity resulting from a major disruption. The report focuses on identifying and elaborating on the steps needed to coordinate freight movements through ports in times of severe stress on existing operating infrastructures and services whether being stressed because of damage to port facilities, to the highway, rail, and waterway routes leading into and out of the port, or because of the need to handle additional cargo volumes due to port disruptions elsewhere. The catchall term used for such efforts is port resiliency—the ability of a port to withstand and bounce back from a serious threat to its ability to process freight in an efficient, cost-effective manner. The report includes two in-depth case studies of recent port disruptions, Superstorm Sandy’s impacts on the major East Coast ports and the extended lock closures along the Columbia River System in the Pacific Northwest.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 107p
  • Serial:
    • NCFRP Report
    • Issue Number: 30
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 1947-5659
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01532823
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309284233
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Project NCFRP-37
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 6 2014 9:43AM