AAPA Seaports Advisory
October 16, 2018
In the first few days of October, two of the industry’s longest-serving port leaders passed away … one from the result of a tragic accident and another from natural causes.
On Oct. 4, Port of Grays Harbor District 2 Commissioner Jack Thompson succumbed to a head injury he sustained after falling five days earlier in Santiago, Chile. Commissioner Thompson and his wife, Trish, were in Chile for AAPA’s 107th Annual Convention in Valparaiso. On the opening day of the convention, attendees participated in a moment of silence to honor Commissioner Thompson.
In a press release, Port of Grays Harbor Executive Director Gary Nelson acknowledged the passing of Commissioner Thompson as “a tremendous loss,” spoke of his legacy of economic development and job creation, and thanked AAPA staff, the Port of Valparaiso, the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Department of Commerce “for providing support and resources during this difficult time.”
After the convention ended, as attendees were traveling home from Valparaiso, they learned that on Oct. 10, a great force of nature and a Great Lakes legend – Davis Helberg – had died peacefully at his home in Esko, Minn., after battling cancer. Mr. Helberg, who was a past AAPA Chairman of the Board (1994-95) and a frequent presenter at AAPA seminars and conferences, retired from the Duluth (Minn.) Seaway Port Authority in 2003 after 24 years, making him the longest serving port director in the Great Lakes, and among the longest serving of all the nation's ports.
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The Port of Beaumont Navigation District of Jefferson County, Texas was awarded a $5 million grant by the U.S. Economic Development Administration for the construction of Main Street Terminal 1- Phase I. The Port of San Diego has finished importing soil to the future site of a new resort hotel and convention center on the Chula Vista Bayfront and is now importing soil to the future site of the new RV resort to be located at E Street and Bay Boulevard near the Living Coast Discovery Center.
Port Houston recently hosted the annual Breakbulk Americas 2018 conference in Houston. More than 4,700 attendees from around the world gathered at the annual trade show and exposition held Oct. 2-4 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  
The Port of New Orleans received the Plan Excellence Award from the American Planning Association (APA) Louisiana Chapter, for Port NOLA’s Strategic Master Plan, Port NOLA Forward, a bold vision to deliver significant, sustained economic benefit throughout the port’s three-parish jurisdiction – Jefferson, Orleans and St. Bernard parishes.
Green Marine
Senior Environmental Specialist, Corpus Christi, TX; Port of Corpus Christi Authority 
Environmental Permitting Specialist, Corpus Christi, TX; Port of Corpus Christi Authority 

Director of Government & Environmental Affairs, Duluth, MN; Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Port Director, New York, NY; The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Maritime Accounts and Tariffs Manager, Stockton, CA; Port of Stockton
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