AAPA Seaports Advisory
December 19, 2019
Did you know that Santa has a water “landing” near The Port of Virginia every year on Christmas Eve – and has been making this appearance since 1986? In Old Town Alexandria, Va., one of America’s first ports, an annual show draws about 5,000 spectators and entails flipping elves and reindeer, a pre-show including The Grinch and his friends like Heatmiser and Snowmiser on jet skis, and Santa, Mrs. Claus and their Merry Crew dockside. The organizer of this annual event, “Papa Noel,” who prefers to remain anonymous like the other 50 volunteers involved in this event, happens to work in the port industry. You might have even met him at the AAPA convention in Norfolk recently!

For more quick and easy-to-read stories of interest, check out the new Behind the Scenes page, debuting in AAPA Seaports Magazine in a few days.
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Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
Plan now for two professional development opportunities - Shifting Trade and the Industry Recognized Port Certificate. Join your industry colleagues in Tampa, Fla., January 29-30, at Shifting Trade for a 2-day deep dive into the global economic trends affecting the maritime industry that will ultimately impact infrastructure requirements at many maritime facilities.

The Industry Recognized Port Certificate (IRPC) is a professional development certificate program focused on enhancing the participant’s fundamental knowledge of the port industry and to introduce them to AAPA and the greater port professional community. AAPA has partnered with Lamar University’s Center for Advances in Port Management to develop relevant curriculum for the modern port professional’s needs. Applications for Spring 2020 are due Friday, January 10.
Port Montréal invites visitors on a physical and digital adventure to discover the shipping cycle of goods from their point of departure to their final destination. The Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade presented by Hilton, also known as “America’s Largest Balloon Parade,” will take place December 26 on Harbor Drive along beautiful San Diego Bay. Employees of the Georgia Ports Authority helped make the holidays a little brighter for dozens of Savannah-area children.
Port Everglades beat its own world record with 79 more passengers than its previous record set in 2016. A total of 55,964 passengers sailed in and out of Port Everglades in a single day, topping the previous record of 55,885 set in March 2016. Massport reached another milestone at Flynn Cruiseport Boston serving 402,346 passengers and 138 cruise ships in 2019. The Port of Québec saw a considerable increase in embarkation and disembarkation operations in 2019, with a year-end total of 236,715 – an increase of more than 60% over 2018.
DHI Water & Environment
A draft feasibility report and draft environmental assessment to improve navigation at the Port of Tacoma will be the focus of a public meeting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in January.
The Port of Brownsville Foreign Trade Zone remains near the top in the nation for the value of exports, according to the annual report to Congress. It ranks third in the country with more than $3.8 billion in exported goods in 2018, an increase from the $3.5 billion reported in 2017.
North Carolina Ports was recently recognized for its speed and efficiency at an international awards ceremony. The Journal of Commerce (JOC) named the Port of Wilmington the most productive port and Wilmington’s Container Terminal also received a No. 1 spot as the most productive terminal.
The Port of Everett invites the public for the swearing in of District 3 Port Commissioner Elect Glen Bachman on December 23. The Port of Long Beach has named Eleanor Torres to lead the Government Relations Division at the nation’s second-busiest seaport.
Port Corpus Christi congratulated EPIC Midstream on the completion of loading its first shipment of crude oil from its new dock in the Inner Harbor, another milestone in the Port’s continued growth as a net exporter of American energy. Officials from the Port of Los Angeles and Indonesia Port Corporation (IPC) PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Persero) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with goals to promote further cooperation and information sharing on issues of business and trade, digital supply chain efficiency, the environment and infrastructure development.
Green Marine
The Port of Santos, located in the State of São Paulo in Brazil, is the largest port in Latin America, moving over 4.1 million TEUs and 133 million metric tons in 2018, as well as the world´s leader in the movement of sugar and orange juice. The port has 43 terminals, 65 berths and over 16 kilometers of quays dedicated to all types of cargo.
Director, Engineering Services, Kingston, Jamaica; Kingston Wharves Limited

Deputy Port Attorney IV, Oakland, California; Port of Oakland

Assistant Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer, Camden, New Jersey; South Jersey Port Corporation

Chief Engineer, Camden, New Jersey; South Jersey Port Corporation

Assistant Executive Director/Director, Business Development, Camden, New Jersey; South Jersey Port Corporation

Assistant Vice President of Safety and Security, Jacksonville, Florida; Jacksonville Transportation Authority
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