AAPA Seaports Advisory
November 14, 2019
Five AAPA members were awarded BUILD grants (formerly TIGER) for infrastructure projects to improve their ability to deliver better economic opportunities to their communities. AAPA members receiving the latest round of BUILD grants include Port of Alaska, Port of Beaumont, Port of Everett, Port of Jacksonville (JAXPORT), and Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport). The U.S. Department of Transportation announced $900 million in total infrastructure grants, and port-related projects received 11 percent, or about $100 million, of the total funding. The BUILD Transportation Grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are awarded on a competitive basis to projects with a significant impact in their local or regional communities.
Port Everglades is upgrading its maintenance facilities and streamlining operating procedures to save money and better serve cruise and cargo customers. The Port of Pascagoula marked the beginning of construction of Enviva’s new marine export terminal in a groundbreaking ceremony.
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A new study conducted for the Port of Los Angeles shows tariffs threaten nearly 1.5 million U.S. jobs and more than $186 billion of economic activity nationwide. 
The Port of Brownsville plans to deepen its channel and adopted a strategy to share the cost and benefit of a deeper port. Port of Palm Beach’s largest tenant, Tropical Shipping, has added six new ships to its fleet. These ships will allow the company to better serve its neighbors in the Caribbean, especially those living in the Bahamas who depend on Tropical Shipping for food and other goods. The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners extended a lease agreement with Warehouse ’23 to ensure the facility’s operation through December 31, 2020.
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Danny Wan, who has been serving as the Port of Oakland’s interim Executive Director since last summer, and was Port Attorney for six years before that, has been named Port Executive Director. The Port of Redwood City will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the new public art installation along its waterfront by artist Marlon Yanes. Mark Stainbrook, the Port of San Diego’s Vice President of Public Safety and Harbor Police Chief, has been recognized as the 2019 Law Enforcement Official of the Year by the San Diego County Crime Commission. Port Tampa Bay welcomed Lisa Wolf-Chason as its new Director of Communications. Wolf-Chason’s experience spans local public relations and media relations roles, as well as several years in broadcast journalism. Waterways Council, Inc. and Senior Vice President Debra Calhoun have been honored with achievement awards for their service to America’s river transportation industry. At its Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, board members, officers and committee members were elected as well as officers and trustees for the National Waterways Foundation.
Port Everglades has made the environment a priority as it updates its 20-Year Master/Vision Plan. The goal is to ensure the fragile environment surrounding the Port is protected for future generations. As an environmental champion of San Diego Bay and its diverse ecosystems, the Port of San Diego is purchasing seven vehicles for its work fleet that will run on renewable diesel fuel.
The Georgia Ports Authority moved 428,400 TEUs in October, an increase of 14,600 TEUs, or 3.5 percent. The strong month gave the Port of Savannah a fiscal year-to-date total of 1.6 million TEUs, up 90,600, or 6 percent. The Port of Los Angeles saw a 19.1 percent decrease in its October cargo volumes compared to last year, a sign the ongoing trade war is taking a toll on shipment volumes. Although tariffs continue to impact cargo volumes, the Port of Long Beach last month had the second-busiest October in its 108-year history. Port of Oakland reported exports increased 10.8 percent last month compared to October 2018 volumes. Calendar-year-to-date growth for The Port of Virginia is nearly 5 percent ahead of the same period last year, an increase of more than 111,000 TEUs.
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The Port of San Diego is now accepting applications for its Tidelands Activation Program (TAP) that offers event sponsorships for a wide variety of local events in an effort to create a vibrant waterfront experience.  As part of the Port of San Diego’s efforts to revitalize Seaport Village, the Board of Port Commissioners has approved three new business leases, along with site enhancements, community programs and more.
Project Engineer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; PhilaPort

Port and Maritime Project Manager, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; PhilaPort

Safety Manager, Corpus Christi, Texas; Port Corpus Christi

Director, Port Construction Services, Seattle, Washington; Port of Seattle

Manager of Utilities Administration, Oakland, California; Port of Oakland

Maritime Attorney, Seattle, Washington; Confidential Employeer
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