AAPA Seaports Advisory
June 12, 2018
AAPA partnered with the National Maritime Consortium of Community Colleges to put on Shared Quarters - National Maritime Workforce Conference on June 5-6 outside Houston, Texas. Shared Quarters was hosted by San Jacinto College and Texas A&M University Galveston. AAPA’s Professional Development Board Chairmen Noel Hacegaba from the Port of Long Beach kicked off the Conference and highlighted AAPA’s efforts to promote workforce development through the Professional Port Manager® Program and industry partnerships. Later in the conference, Erik Stromberg the Executive Director of Lamar University’s Center for Advances in Port Management and former AAPA CEO, spoke about how Lamar’s master's program is helping to fill the gaps in port management education. AAPA will continue to build partnerships and collaborate with industry leaders to develop and promote the maritime workforce. 
AAPA has notified 25 of its member seaports that they’ve earned awards for exemplary communications projects and programs as part of the trade association’s 52nd annual Communications Awards Program. The recipients of the 2018 Overall Award of Communications Excellence trophies - the top awards in AAPA's Communications Awards Program – are: Southern California’s Port of San Diego (Category 3); Southwest Washington’s Port of Longview (Category 2); and the Port of Grays Harbor (Category 1), on Washington’s Pacific Coast.  Each of the three awardees represent a different category of port, based on the size of its public relations/advertising/marketing budget.
Texas A&M Maritime Academy cadets and their faculty sailed into Port Canaveral aboard the U.S. Maritime Service Training Ship Kennedy, marking the first arrival of the vessel at the port. Port of Oakland Executive Director Chris Lytle spoke at Central Washington University’s Kent, Wash., commencement and urged college graduates to reject "extreme protectionism," calling it damaging and futile.
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Klein Marine Systems, Inc.