AAPA Seaports Advisory
October 22, 2019
 
The AAPA Annual Convention took place October 13-16 with a much-anticipated return to Norfolk, Virginia. The Port of Virginia and AAPA would like to thank the many attendees, including fellow port colleagues, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors, for another spectacular conference. This year’s convention included technical and policy committee meetings, a “Revolutionary Challenge” in the exhibit hall, and business sessions and social events that enabled port professionals and stakeholders to share information on key issues facing ports and expand business contacts.

Chris Connor, AAPA’s new president and CEO took over the helm of the organization, and Kurt Nagle, long-time president and CEO, officially retired after serving nearly 35 years. Kurt was honored for his dedicated service to the port industry and was presented with AAPA’s Distinguished Service Award by outgoing AAPA Chairman of the Board Will Friedman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority. Port of Grays Harbor Executive Director Gary Nelson officially began his role as AAPA’s Chairman and was handed the gavel by past chairman Friedman. Kurt Nagle presented Will with a token of appreciation and gratitude to commemorate his dedication to AAPA and the port industry. The entire slate of 2019-20 delegation officers and board of directors were also installed during a membership meeting at AAPA's 108th Annual Convention.

Planning is already underway for the 109th Annual Convention, so get your passports ready to join us in Québec, September 13-16, 2020! Stay tuned for further details.
 
Donations shipped from the Port of Palm Beach to Green Turtle Cay in the past month included at least three voyages and nearly three million pounds of donated items. This support effort following Hurricane Dorian’s destruction in The Bahamas has been made possible by port tenants Gulfstream Line and Heavy Lift Services Inc. in partnership with the Green Turtle Cay Foundation.
 
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Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
The Port of Galveston will be the homeport for four Carnival Cruise Line ships beginning in 2021. Galveston Wharves Port Director Rodger Rees will highlight the benefits of Galveston as a cruise homeport at the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association annual conference. The Port of Palm Beach announced Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Classica will set sail on its inaugural voyage to Nassau, Bahamas, from the Port of Palm Beach. The addition of Nassau as a second destination for the popular Cruise & Stay Program will benefit Nassau and the Bahamas’ tourism recovery effort.
 
Port Everglades is investing in coral research and restoration as part of an extensive capital improvement program designed to increase cruise and cargo business while protecting the environment.  The Port of Galveston is going green with a number of environmental initiatives, including membership in Green Marine, the leading voluntary environmental program for North America’s maritime industry.
 
 
   
The effort to make The Port of Virginia the deepest port on the U.S. East Coast will begin by January 2020, following the finalization of a contract with an international dredging firm that will take on the project’s initial phase. The Port of Virginia is also purchasing 25 new hybrid shuttle carriers to support the ongoing capacity expansion project at Norfolk International Terminals.
 
 
   
The Port of Corpus Christi recently set three new tonnage records, including the highest volume in a single month. The Port of Long Beach reported its busiest September on record, moving nearly 707,000 TEUs, which is an increase of 0.8% from September 2018. The Port of Los Angeles moved 779,903 TEUs in September, a 2.7% decrease compared to 2018’s record-breaking September. Port Manatee has again broken multiple fiscal year cargo records, including topping 10 million tons of total annual throughput for the first time in its 50-year history and enjoying a year-over-year increase of nearly 50% in containerized cargo activity. Port of Oakland loaded container volume had strong growth from January through September, experiencing a 3.1% increase compared to the same period in 2018. The Port of Virginia processed more than 241,416 TEUs in September,  an increase of more than 9% compared to September 2018, putting the port’s cargo volume growth for the first quarter of FY 2020 at more than 4%.
 
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PhilaPort and local leaders celebrated the official opening of the Citizens Bank Regional Maritime Training Center that will offer training opportunities for maritime industry personnel. The Port of New Orleans is developing a workforce development program. A maritime career information session will be held Tuesday, October 29. 
 
Duluth Cargo Connect, a partnership of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority and Lake Superior Warehousing, has been awarded the 2019 Worldwide Port/Terminal Operator of the Year by Heavy Lift and Project Forwarding International magazine.
 
Port Houston has commissioned a disparity study to evaluate equal opportunity and fairness in its procurement and contracting process. The Port of Los Angeles announced the fall and winter 2019-2020 schedule of events and activities to enjoy on the LA Waterfront.
 
The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) welcomes transportation business development executive Alberto Cabrera as Director, Cruise and Cargo Development. Port of Vancouver USA Commissioner Jerry Oliver received a Distinguished Service Award from the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association. 
 
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Director of Channel & DMPA Development, Corpus Christi, Texas; Port of Corpus Christi Authority

Project Manager (Civil Engineer), Vancouver, Washington; Port of Vancouver USA

Executive Director, Port Townsend, Washington; Port of Port Townsend

Director of External Affairs, Longview, Washington; Port of Longview

Deputy Director of Acquisition Programs, Washington, D.C.; U.S. Coast Guard

Maritime Attorney, Seattle, Washington; Confidential Employee
 
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