AAPA Seaports Advisory

New AAPA Members: CODEBA – Bahia State Ports Company, Louisiana Cat/Resource Power Group, Capt. Keith Barger, James C. Lange

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Companhia das Docas do Estado da Bahía (CODEBA), Av. Da França, S/N., Estação Marítima, Visconde De Cairu, Comércio Salvador, Bahía, BRAZIL. Phone: 011-55-71-3320-1212. Email: pedro.dantas@codeba.com.br. Website: www.codeba.com.br. Contact: Pedro Antônio Dantas Costa Cruz, Director Presidente. (AAPA Introductory Latin Corporate Member)

As the port authority for the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia, CODEBA is responsible for the administration, management and development of the public ports of Aratu, Ilhéus and Salvador. Those three ports together with the state’s five "private use" marine terminals handled some 40 million metric tons of foreign and domestic cargo and 2341 vessel calls in 2015.  

Ship docked at the Salvador cruise terminal

Founded in 1549, Salvador is Bahia’s state capital and its principal container port, with throughput in 2015 of almost 300,000 TEUs. Other traffic includes wheat, cellulose, fruit and general cargo. This historic and culturally rich city is also a popular cruise ship port of call.

Aratu’s cargo base consists primarily of bulk and liquid cargo such as alumina, cola, fertilizers, gasoline, alcohol and gas products. Ilhéus is a breakbulk and dry bulk port whose chief cargo is cocoa but also includes soya, sorghum, magnesium oxide and industrial components.

Ports of Aratu (left) and Ilhéus

Louisiana Cat/Resource Power Group, 3799 West Airline Highway, Reserve, LA 70084. Phone: (985) 536-0946.  Email: megan.lerch@louisianacat.com. Website: www.LouisianaCat.com. Contact: Ms. Megan Lerch, Advertising Coordinator.  (AAPA Sustaining Member)

The company is Louisiana's authorized Caterpillar dealer for sales, service, parts, specialized engineering, manufacturing and packaging for diesel and natural gas engines, with locations in Morgan City, Port Fourchon and Bossier City and its Power Systems Headquarters in the Port of New Iberia. The New Iberia facility houses the firm’s engineering, manufacturing and packaging center for oil & gas, marine and electric power generation solutions.

Capt. Keith Stanley Barber, MS, CPE, Instructor, Old Dominion University Strom Graduate School of Business Maritime Institute, 1404 Ronald Court, Virginia Beach, VA 23455. Phone: (757) 812-5332. Email: boomer630@cox.net. (AAPA Associate Member)

Capt. Barber teaches maritime classes, including port security and port risk management, at the Maritime Institute of Old Dominion University in Norfolk (VA). He is a graduate of New York Maritime College and Old Dominion University, a licensed merchant marine deck officer, and has more than 20 years’ experience in port operations and maritime security.

Mr. James C. Lange, P.E., Principal, Pacon Consultants, 2111 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Suite 525, Washington, DC 20007. Phone: (202) 338-1206. Email: jlange@pciamericas.com. (AAPA Associate Member)

Mr. Lange is an independent consultant for project finance lenders to ports, toll roads and airports.


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