The U.S. East and Gulf coasts can expect to be significantly served by a pair of transshipment hubs – ideally in Canada’s province of Nova Scotia and in Cuba – according to a leading port industry economist.
Robert W. West, Waltham, Massachusetts-based chief senior consultant for the Colombia-based DUAGA consulting firm and former Worley Parsons Group principal ports and marine strategist, offered the theory Feb. 2 in the opening presentation of the 10th annual Planning for Shifting Trade Conference in Tampa, Florida.
West said Cuba’s Port of Mariel is “in many ways the most ideal location” for a major Caribbean transshipment center, while he expects one or more of a trio of Nova Scotia port developments serving as a northern hub.
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