In 2004, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE or the Corps) and the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) launched the Quality Partnership Initiative (QPI) to promote strategic and operational efficiencies and improvements in the nation’s maritime waterways transportation system.
EcoLogix Group principals have provided facilitation and planning support to the efforts of QPI. In 2010, EcoLogix Group researched and produced a report entitled Scan of U.S. Seaports - Best Practices for Project Streamlining as a baseline for developing workable solutions. Subsequently, we worked with QPI's leadership to establish work groups, develop annual priorities and work plans, and to identify and take significant steps to address 25 specific challenges to the port industry. The QPI process developed and recommended solutions ranging from operational improvements to high-level policy changes, including ways to reduce the time required to complete studies; flexibility for funding and in-kind contributions by non-federal partners; and detailed steps for improving communication and collaboration between the Ports and the Corps and their respective customers.
The QPI has reset the relationship between ports and the Corps at the highest levels. Both AAPA member ports and the Corps are moving forward collaboratively, continuing to identify challenges and find workable solutions. It is the only mechanism for helping navigation practitioners adapt to changing fiscal and policy requirements currently facing the U.S. seaport industry.