AAPA Seaports Advisory
April 30, 2020
 
   
Monday | May 4 | 2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT
Join AAPA in a webinar with Anderson Kill to hear a comprehensive explanation of the insurance coverage opportunities and challenges in the rapidly evolving environment that businesses and ports operate in as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The webinar will focus on the types of coverage that may be available under property policies that insure against not only property damage, but also economic loss as a result of supply chain disruption, government mandated closures, restrictions on the number of people who can gather or travel, and contamination at the policyholder’s own premises. Strategies for presenting coronavirus-related claims and pursuing coverage will also be discussed. Presenters include
    • Robert Horkorvich, Managing Shareholder, Anderson Kill - New York
    • Finley T. Harckham, Senior Litigation Shareholder, Anderson Kill - New York
    • Rhonda D. Orin, Partner, Anderson Kill - Washington, D.C.
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To learn more about the AAPA Webinar Series or how to sponsor a webinar, contact Ed O’Connell.
 
 
   
The Western Hemisphere’s major ports suffered the full economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic in March and April as global trade diminished significantly. AAPA President and CEO Chris Connor went on the air April 25 to share his feelings and perspectives about the impacts to seaports from the COVID-19 pandemic and their heroic response to the unique challenges the crisis is bringing. Listen to a four-minute snippet of the interview here, courtesy of Transport Topics and SiriusXM. 
 
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Weeks Marine and Eastern Shipbuilding Group (Eastern) announced they have signed a contract to construct a sister ship to Weeks Marine’s TSHD Magdalen, the twin screw trailing suction hopper dredge built by Eastern and placed into service in 2018. The new vessel will be constructed at Eastern’s Allanton facility in Panama City, Fla. For a lisitng of additional AAPA maritime industry partners and service providers, visit the AAPA Industry Services Directory.
 
 
   
Port of Galveston CEO Rodger Rees shared some bright spots on the waterfront in the midst of this pandemic. Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka, in a new video message, emphasizes cargo is flowing at America’s busiest container port, which remains fully operational. At the same time, port leaders are focused on long-term infrastructure investments, increasing competitiveness and opportunities to expand markets. Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan praised his agency’s coronavirus response yesterday but issued a plea for help. The port’s top official asked a key state regulator to support financial stabilization efforts as the pandemic cripples businesses. The Port of Seattle Commission updated its 2020 construction plans to boost local COVID-19 economic recovery through project spending and hiring, while enacting public health protocols developed with guidance from state and federal agencies. In an open letter to the people of Alaska, the Northwest Seaport Alliance reaffirmed the businesses and organizations throughout Puget Sound and Washington state are doing everything they can to keep trade and business connections with Alaska healthy and strong during these challenging times. Port Windsor has issued locally sourced, and locally produced, face masks to all 846 port workers to assist them in doing their part to limit the spread of COVID-19.
 
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As ports are modernizing, growing and changing, master planners are coming up with ways to creatively incorporate innovative ideas and position their ports as masters in their chosen fields.
 
 
   
Six new all-electric rubber-tired gantry (E-RTGs) cranes at PortMiami's South Florida Container Terminal (SFCT) have been installed and are now in service. The new E-RTGs replace older, diesel-powered top-loaders that worked in the container yard. The new equipment is safe and sustainable benefiting the port and surrounding community with zero emissions and significantly less noise. The Prince Rupert Port Authority reported the Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor project is now 20% complete. The Connector Corridor, when complete, will eliminate downtown container truck traffic, improve vehicle and pedestrian safety, ease traffic congestion, reduce wear on provincial and municipal road infrastructure, and drastically reduce greenhouse gas and local air emissions through the more efficient routing. The Port of Seattle Commission approved plans to construct a new 13.5-acre Duwamish River park with 2,500 linear feet of shoreline. The Terminal 117 Habitat Restoration and Duwamish Shoreline Access Project will create upland habitat and restore priority habitat for Chinook salmon and other imperiled species in the Duwamish River. This unique project supports urgent salmon recovery needs while addressing long-standing community needs for increased greenspace. 
 
 
   
Port Everglades is the newest stop on Evergreen Line’s CAJ weekly container shipping service to and from Panama, Jamaica and Haiti. Florida International Terminal at Port Everglades is the marine terminal operator for Evergreen, which has ships slated for arrival on weekends beginning  May 2. While Port Houston realized strong double-digit gains in containers in the first two months of the year, resulting in an increase of 11 percent for first quarter volume overall, the March volumes in particular declined 11 percent compared to March of 2019. Steel, breakbulk cargo and autos are down for the year. The Port of Long Beach welcomed Pasha Hawaii’s container ship the Horizon Reliance to its new Southern California home at SSA Terminal Pier A. Fewer container ships would likely mean less cargo at the Port of Oakland this spring. That was the message Oakland Maritime officials delivered to the Harbor Trucking Association last week. The port told freight haulers via video conference that 20 May and June voyages to Oakland have been scrubbed. The result could be a 5% to 15% drop in containerized cargo volume heading into summer.  
 
 
   
JAXPORT Director of Cargo Sales Frank Camp has been selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders (FCBF) Association. The Doral, Fla.-based trade association of industry professionals serves the state’s import and export community. The Port of Vancouver USA has welcomed Commissioner Jack Burkman to its team. He comes to the port with broad business experience and a long history of leadership in the community. 
 
 
   
Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., a top fresh fruit distributor with import operations at the Port of Galveston, has donated 919,000 pounds of fresh fruit to the Houston Food Bank in April to help those in need during the COVID-19 crisis. In total, the company has donated more than 1.1 million pounds to the food bank in 2020. The Port of New York and New Jersey and its family of partners worked together to donate two incoming shipping containers of pineapples to the neighborhoods around the terminal.
 
Continuing its commitment to environmental stewardship, the Port of Corpus Christi Authority was tentatively awarded a grant from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency to procure and deploy trash skimming technology for collecting fugitive refuse in the Salt Flats Ditch near Nueces Bay. 
 
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