AAPA Seaports Advisory
November 14, 2017

The 26th edition of the AAPA Latin American Congress of Ports strengthened its status as the premier port conference in Latin America by gathering over 350 participants from more than 30 countries and four continents last week in Punta del Este, Uruguay. This year, "Latin American Ports between Globalization and Protectionism" served as the theme for the summit.

Royal Caribbean will homeport two of its largest cruise ships in Port Canaveral starting in 2019. The Port of Seattle welcomed a record 1,071,594 revenue passengers through its cruise terminals this year and is expecting 1,092,345 in 2018.
Port Canaveral's Cruise Team is gaining a new dimension with the appointment of Dave German as director, cruise business development, effective November 10.  The Port of Everett Commission on November 1 appointed retired supply chain manager Bruce Fingarson to fill the vacancy created by the resignation August 29 of Port Commissioner Troy McClelland. The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) has added two experienced executives to its leadership team - James Bennett as senior director, facilities development, and Tammy Brown as director, public safety and security.

The Port of Palm Beach recently announced the promotions of Rick Placeres to manager of operations and security and Alan Fawcett to facilities superintendent. Canada’s Federal Transport Minister recently appointed Dr. Shelley Rinehart to a three-year term as a port users representative on the board of directors of Port Saint John, effective September 28, 2017.

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The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey on November 8 released for public review and comment its proposed budget for ongoing operations, maintenance and security at all agency facilities. The proposed $3.2 billion 2018 Operating Budget represents an increase of $61 million or 1.9 percent compared to the 2017 budget. 

The agency also posted for review a proposed 2018 $3.4 billion Capital Budget that includes significant state-of-good-repair work at its tunnels, bridges, airports and PATH system, while investing in major projects to replace aging facilities with modern infrastructure and provide for future growth.
Leaders from AT&T* and the Ports of Indiana joined local elected officials and business leaders on November 8 at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville to announce that the Jeffersonville and Mount Vernon ports have both been certified as "AT&T Fiber Ready." 
The first shipment of Colombian Hass avocados into the United States arrived November 6 at Port Everglades. The shipment marks the culmination of years of work by Colombia to gain access to the U.S. market.
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has presented the Brownsville Navigation District (BND) an award of excellence for accounting and financial reporting for its 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).  This is the sixth consecutive year the BND has received the honor.
Building on increased container traffic through 2016 and the first half of 2017, Halterm International Container Terminal will extend its container and reefer handling capabilities, with C$10 million worth of new equipment over the next 12 months.
Port Canaveral has been a center of activity for multiple coordinated relief efforts to aid the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico by providing resources to the island as the recovery process continues in the wake of Hurricane Maria. 
A year of records continues at the Port of Long Beach, where last month proved to be the port’s busiest October ever.  From January through September, Mexico’s port system experienced double-digit increases in container, breakbulk, auto and cruise traffic, according to the federal port agency, Coordinación General de Puertos y Marina Mercante. The Port of Virginia® reports container throughput at its Hampton Roads terminals this October jumped 11.3 percent from a year ago to a record monthly high of 265,490 TEUs.  
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