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14 The Journal of Commerce | April 2019 Breakbulk & Project Cargo than retail distribution or manufac- turing logistics. ECMC meets with the schools, with their representatives of supply chain or logistics programs, to let them know we are interested in the students and want them prepared for entering our industry. At this point, there is unmis- takable evidence that these efforts are making a difference. Not that schools necessarily have a theme or a path specific to project logistics yet, but there is no lack of interest from students wanting to have a look at the project industry. When I did a presentation at education day at Breakbulk Americas in 2018, I received a ton of interest and response. Many ECMC members take on students as interns or new hires. The group is typically placing 10 to 12 interns in the Houston area annually, with shippers or forwarders. My advice regarding important things to know when coming into the industry: Be able to communi- cate effectively, both orally and with presentation skills; be able to use analytics and metrics in managing work and in defining value and the team's value to the organization; understand world geography and cultures; understand how to work and succeed as part of a team; and, certainly, understand logistics basics and the interaction with other sup- ply chain disciplines. Q: Any final words, as you retire from 21 years with Bechtel and a career in logistics? The opportunity to work for Bechtel was a real plus for me. I was fortunate to work for one of the ma- jor and most respected contractors in the engineering, procurement, and contracting world. That was a huge turn in my career. I lost my job with Westinghouse Electric in the mid-1990s when the company was dismantled and sold off in pieces. When the Bechtel opportunity came, I said yes. They brought me on board and provided the opportunity to advance my career. The name Bechtel carries a lot of weight and opens doors in the industry. When you hand your Bechtel business card to somebody, you hand them the values and reputation of the company, which I was proud to repre- sent during my Bechtel career. l WHEN MARITIME PORTS talk about space, they are usually referring to acreage to accommodate project cargo and containers. But when Port Canaveral ordered its new customized German-made mobile harbor crane, the meaning of "space" changed. One of the key jobs for the mobile crane will be hoisting recovered booster rockets that fall back to earth and land on drone ships as part of America's newly energized space program. Port Canaveral made history in April 2016 when the first recovered booster to ever land on the deck of an unmanned drone ship was lifted off by a rented crane at the port. The 288- foot drone ship, which looks like a barge and sports the name, Of Course I Still Love You, is officially known as an Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship, developed by SpaceX, a Hawthorne, California NASA contractor backed by billionaire Elon Musk, CEO of electric automobile maker Tesla. This year, SpaceX will introduce a new recovery vessel called Mr. Steven, described as a "nose cone catching boat" with a massive net. It could utilize the Florida port's new mobile harbor crane to offload space components, although the New mobile harbor crane specially designed to recover booster rockets and work heavy-li projects By Chris Barnett Port Canaveral's specially modified mobile harbor crane was offloaded by local dockworkers selected by BigLi. Port Canaveral Canaveral's rocket vision

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