John Martin founded Martin Associates in 1986, and has since conducted more than 1,000 economic, planning and marketing studies for seaports, terminal operators and ocean carriers in the United States, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and South America.
Dr. Martin specializes in assessing the economic costs of terminal congestion at container terminals, the impact of restrictive trade policies on the marine transportation system, and the integration of ports into the logistics strategies of major importers and exporters. He provides consulting services to terminal operators, ocean carriers, government agencies, and major U.S. airports.
Many key U.S. and international ports rely on Dr. Martin to develop their strategic plans, which include distribution and logistics center strategies, as well as the economic assessment of alternative uses of waterfront land, particularly the impact of non-maritime development that encroaches upon the maritime cargo uses of the land. In this regard, study topics have included the growing size of vessels, potential impact of the expanded Panama Canal, and the increased use of the Suez Canal on port infrastructure needs in the U.S., as well as on the development of transshipment hubs in the Caribbean and Central America. Dr. Martin recently evaluated terminal development in Trinidad, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Ireland.
Dr. Martin also works with port authorities, national and international terminal operators, ocean carriers and private investment groups to develop long term public-private partnerships regarding marine terminal infrastructure, and to assess the enterprise value of marine terminal infrastructure. As a result, he is regularly invited as a featured speaker at numerous American Association of Port Authority Conferences, as well as international conferences in London, Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul, and France.
Dr. Martin graduated from Millersville University with a BS in Economics and received his PhD in Economics from the George Washington University. He shares his knowledge in the Lancaster community by serving on Millersville University’s Entrepreneurial Board.