AAPA Seaports Advisory
October 10, 2017
Steve Cernak, PPM®, chief executive and port director for Port Everglades, began his one year term as the 2017-18 chairman of the board for the American Association of Port Authorities at the conclusion of last week’s AAPA Annual Convention in Long Beach.

As AAPA’s chairman, Mr. Cernak succeeds Mark McAndrews, port director for the Port of Pascagoula.

The entire slate of 2017-18 delegation officers and board of directors assumed their official duties that same day, October 4.
GFC Crane Consultants, Inc.
A refrigerated gateway to Asia for U.S. meat exports cleared its last big hurdle late last month when the Oakland Port Commission approved an $11 million rail spur to Cool Port Oakland. The Port of Virginia® is the latest participant in a U.S. Department of Agriculture program designed to facilitate the import of fresh fruit to U.S. East Coast ports from South America.
The Port of Bellingham Shipping Terminal received its first regular cargo shipment in more than 17 years with the October 3 docking of MV Diana Bolten.
Norwegian Cruise Line will deploy the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway to the Port of New Orleans beginning November 2018. The 1,068-foot/326-meter vessel will be the largest cruise ship in both length and passenger capacity to ever sail from the Crescent City Port. The Port of San Diego is expecting 83 vessel calls and 240,000 during the cruise season that began in mid-September. The Port of Seattle last month greeted the one-millionth passenger to pass through its cruise terminals during this year.
The Port of Virginia’s® focus on driving efficiency at its truck gates is being supported by the federal government through a specialized grant program aimed at using technology to reduce congestion.
Puretech Systems, Inc.
World Direct Shipping (WDS) is beefing up its trans-Gulf service between Port Manatee and the Mexican state of Veracruz. Specifically, the Palmetto, Fla.-based ocean carrier plans to add weekly sailing linking the west Florida port and the Port of Tuxpan.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the Port of Galveston $1 million through the 2017 Port Security Grant Program.
The Port of San Diego and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) have jointly developed a blueprint to "green" port and port tenant operations, such as cruise ships, hotels, restaurants, and maritime industries. The objective is to promote the region’s economic competitiveness, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve air quality.
The San Francisco Port Commission on September 26 approved the Pier 70 Mixed-Use Development Project. The objective is to create an active, sustainable San Francisco neighborhood that recognizes its industrial past and co-exists with continuing ship repair operations at Pier 70.
Inbound Logistics magazine has named the Port of Baltimore a "Green Supply Chain Partner" for its environmental efforts and specifically its dray truck replacement program.
Green Marine
Ewan Moir takes the helm as president and CEO of the Nanaimo Port Authority effective October 10. Michael Colbruno and Earl Hamlin have been reappointed to four-year terms on the Oakland Board of Port Harbor Commissioners. The Redwood City Port Commission recently elected Dick Dodge, Lorianna Kastrop, and Ralph Garcia to one-year terms, respectively, as chairman, vice chair and secretary.  Allen Bodechon is the new vice chair of the seven-member governing board of Port Saint John.
Senior Program Manager - (Cross Harbor Freight Program Tier II NEPA Specialist); New York, New York; Port Authority of NY & NJ


Executive Director, Port of Galveston, TX; Galveston, Texas; Shey-Harding Executive Search

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; California; Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation and Conservation District

Environmental Permitting Specialist; Corpus Christi, Texas; Port of Corpus Christi Authority

Deputy Chief of Construction Engineer
; Corpus Christi, Texas; Port of Corpus Christi Authority
Klein Marine Systems, Inc.