2021 State of the Ports


C.C. Chapman -

In 2021, when the COVID-19 pandemic was still in full force, issues related to trade and transportation were top of mind. At our 12th annual State of the Ports event, leaders of Maryland’s ports, along with Maryland’s secretary of transportation, spoke about these issues and how they are addressing them. Other Mid-Atlantic experts in the trade and transportation sector led conversations about port security and technology, as well as supply chain disruptions. The event was held virtually, due to the pandemic.

2021 State of the Ports Agenda

Breakout Session

Port Security and Technology

Our ports drive economic growth in Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region. Ports also provide a potential entry point for a variety of threats from terrorism to invasive species. How do we ensure the safety of our ports without disrupting the flow of goods and services that are vital to our regional economy? Our expert panel of security specialists and advisors discussed the challenges and opportunities in providing secure port facilities while creating an environment that fosters port growth.

Breakout Session

Supply Chain Disruptions

Shortages of truck drivers, delays at customs, and rampant port congestion- all aggravated by COVID-19- lead to headline-grabbing global supply chain disruptions. The lack of goods like computer chips and critical metals used in manufacturing and shipping containers has led to the most considerable inflation of consumer prices in four decades. Intelligent businesses are pivoting to mitigating risk and finding opportunities in this challenging environment. Our panel of supply chain experts shared how their companies are responding and how they are preparing for the year ahead.


State of the Ports Address

The State of the Ports Address featured a panel comprised of the leaders of Maryland's ports, along with Maryland’s secretary of transportation. Attendees heard about the latest developments directly from those tasked with leading the economic drivers of our region.


2021 State of the Ports Sponsors




Signature Sponsor


Breakout Sponsors
Hartman Executive Advisiors
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors

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