AAPA Seaports Advisory
February 15, 2024
AAPA is honored to introduce two new prestigious keynote speakers of the 2024 Legislative Summit, the premier port industry government affairs and advocacy forum in Washington, D.C., on March 18–21.

Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), U.S. Senate, Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, senior member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Chairman of the Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness, and Nicole R. LeBoeuf, Assistant Administrator, NOAA’s National Ocean Service, will join the slate of speakers for three days of programming and more. Additional keynote speakers include:
  • Congressman Robert Garcia (D-CA), U.S. House of Representatives, Co-chair of the Congressional Ports Caucus
  • Congressman Randy Weber (R-TX), U.S. House of Representatives, Co-chair of the Congressional Ports Caucus
  • Peter Levesque, President & CEO, CMA CGM America LLC, America President Lines, LLC
The Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Speaker Series Presents:
  • Rob Portman, Former U.S. Senator
  • Janet McCabe, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Allison Dane Camden, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multimodal Freight Infrastructure & Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation
This year, the Legislative Summit will take place at the Salamander Washington D.C. Register today.
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Join NC Ports on April 18 for the seventh annual Cold Chain Summit – Unlock Cold Value. NC Ports will once again bring together key industry leaders in historic Wilmington for a daylong event to discuss current market trends, consumer behavior, the agricultural trade landscape, and more. For more information, visit https://ncports.com/cold-chain-summit/.
Port Freeport is seeking proposals from qualified firms to perform a Market Study that will complement ongoing port planning, the resulting infrastructure development, and the business development and sales and marketing activities at the port. Firms interested in performing the Market Study may obtain a copy of this RFP and supplemental information at Port Freeport’s website. In order to be considered, five copies of a proposal for the Market Study must be received by Port Freeport no later than 4:00 p.m. CT, March 22. Refer to the RFP for additional details.
The Port of Québec recently earned its Biosphere certification, making it the first port in the Western Hemisphere to obtain this globally recognized sustainable development certification. Through this effort, the Port of Québec reaffirms its commitment and vision regarding ESG development, joining the largest international community of businesses focused on these same objectives.
Boosted by a 28-season high for iron ore, total maritime tonnage for the Port of Duluth-Superior finished the 2023 navigation season up 4.5% compared to 2022 and up 0.1% against the five-season average. The total float eclipsed 31.7 million short tons, including more than 21.5 million tons of iron ore, the most in a single season since 1995. The 2023 shipping season closed at the Port of Green Bay with 1,782,887 tons of materials handled. That amount is about 1% above last season’s tonnage of 1,765,834. While tonnage levels were similar over the past two seasons, the number of ships that visited the Port of Green Bay increased. Trade moving through the Port of Long Beach rose in January as retailers stocked up ahead of Lunar New Year, when east Asian factories typically close for up to two weeks. Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 674,015 TEUs last month, up 17.5% from January 2023. The Port of Los Angeles handled 855,652 TEUs in January, the second-best start to the year on record. Eclipsed only by the pandemic-induced cargo surge in 2022, it was the sixth consecutive month of year-over-year increases and surpassed January 2023 by 18%.
Dozens of local students took a trip outside of the classroom to Broward County’s Port Everglades to meet with Disney Cruise Line crew members and learn about careers in the maritime industry. Following the career panel, students explored Port Everglades, touring unique spaces, and getting a behind-the-scenes look at port and terminal operations.
The Mississippi State Port Authority announced a long-term lease with CORE X GULFPORT to include construction of a 150,000-square-foot cold storage facility. This agreement represents a significant milestone for the growth and economic development of the port and the Gulfport region. The lease agreement has an initial term of 60 years and two options for 15-year renewals.
Within months of a groundbreaking for the Port of Brownsville’s Business Park, prospective businesses are preparing to negotiate lease agreements with the port. At a regular board meeting held February 7, the Brownsville Navigation District Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to approve leasing rates for the business park. The competitive rates are aimed at attracting sustainable, high-quality companies to the port, ensuring its long-term success.
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In 2024, Albany, the capital of New York, will mark the 400th anniversary of its founding as Fort Orange, an early foothold for Dutch traders that helped create a new nation. The remains of the original fort are a stone’s throw away from the current economic and transportation ecosystem of the Port of Albany. This adjacency underscores how the Port has always been at the leading edge and has long served as a connector — through navigation, commerce, and community — from the Northeastern U.S. to the greater world.
The Port of Los Angeles has released an Initial Study/Notice of Preparation (IS/NOP) — the first step in the environmental review process — for the proposed Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach Goods Movement Workforce Training Facility. The Port of Los Angeles is the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
The Port of Bellingham announced the start of a transformative two-year project to modernize and enhance the Bellingham Shipping Terminal. The Shipping Terminal Modernization Project will remove historic contamination from the Whatcom Waterway to restore water depths for ship access, install a state-of-the-art stormwater system, fortify the main dock, and stimulate job creation. The Port of Cleveland took a significant stride toward the future as its board approved the allocation of more than $32 million in federal and state grants to help rehabilitate and modernize a key warehouse and upgrade electrical infrastructure at its General Cargo Terminal.
The Port of Palm Beach is participating in numerous career fairs to promote its paid Summer Internship Program, which offers opportunities across a broad spectrum of industries. The application period opens March 11 and students enrolled in university, college, or trade school, are encouraged to apply early due to the high volume of applicants anticipated this year.
The Port of Hueneme welcomed two California officials, Dee Dee Myers, Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), and Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, Chair of the Select Committee on Ports and Goods Movement, for a visit and tour of the port’s onsite facilities.
The Port of Montréal is excited by Transport Canada’s recent announcement of over $2.6 million in funding under the National Trade Corridors Fund. These grants are awarded to two projects designed to improve supply chain efficiency through innovative technological tools, helping to strengthen Canadian trade corridors.
As part of the Port of San Diego and USS Midway Museum’s Freedom Park project, the Board of Port Commissioners approved a proclamation of intention to designate nearly 10 acres of the Embarcadero as Freedom Park upon the transformation of Navy Pier into a park. Freedom Park is anticipated to open in 2028.
FMC rules for truckers in chassis dispute with ocean carriers
Ari Ashe, Journal of Commerce

Members of Congress from Georgia lend support to study whether Port of Savannah needs to be deepened
The Port of Savannah is the fourth-busiest US seaport for cargo shipped in containers
Associated Press

Will the Feds Make Good on Their Promise of Funding for U.S. Ports?
Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Biden Administration Finalizes Two Offshore Wind Areas in Oregon
Mike Schuler, GCaptain

OPINION: America’s maritime policies need a reboot
Reviving America’s maritime competitiveness has become a strategic imperative. Resolving the challenge requires 21st century policies.
William Cahill, President of Applied Maritime Sciences, Boyd Institute

Despite Dim Outlook, January Imports Grew at Fastest Pace in 7 years
Descartes: US imports in January up 7.9% over December
Michael Rudolph, FreightWaves

How the Rockefellers and Billionaire Donors Pressured Biden on LNG Exports
President’s decision to halt new export terminals follows an intense campaign by environmental groups funded by wealthy contributors
Benoît Morenne and Andrew Restuccia, Wall Street Journal
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Manager of Environmental Permitting, Corpus Christi, TX; The Port Of Corpus Christi

Associate Administrator for Strategic Sealift, Washington, D.C.; U.S. Maritime Administration

CEO/Port Director-Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Port Everglades
Chief Commercial & Public Affairs Officer, Port Hueneme, CA; Port of Hueneme

Director of Operations, Freeport, TX; Port Freeport

Chief Administrative & Financial Officer, Everett, WA; Port of Everett

Accounting Manager, Aberdeen, WA; Port of Grays Harbor

Director of Architecture, Long Beach, CA; California State University Office of the Chancellor

Chief of Planning and Economic Development, Savannah, GA; Developmental Associates

Research Analyst - Naval Warfare - Military Experience, Alexandria, VA; Institute for Defense Analyses
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