AAPA Seaports Advisory
May 7, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping the way organizations operate and returning to business as usual won’t be quick or comfortable. This webinar on Tuesday, May 12, at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT) titled Getting the Workforce Back to the Workplace, will focus on how businesses and organizations are preparing to reopen. McGriff’s Jim Sheridan, risk control practice leader, and Cindy Chitwood, national claims practice leader, will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the workplace and what every employer should be considering as they plan for recovery. Register Today!

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Join AAPA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday, May 13 at 3:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. PT) for a webinar on the EPA's Ports Initiative and its recently released Port Emissions Inventory Methods. Hear from Sarah Froman, EPA Ports Initiative team lead, Daniel Bizer-Cox, lead on the recent update to EPA’s Port Emissions Inventory Methods, and Dale Asby, EPA Region IV, and participate in a Q&A session following the presentation. Register Now
The Port of Montreal continues to fully serve importers and exporters and is proud to be associated with a project that will make it possible to use artificial intelligence for the handling of goods deemed "critical" by government authorities during this health crisis. Port of Palm Beach tenant Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines teamed up with the Folding @ Home Project (FAH), dedicating its unused computing power to help researchers find a cure for the novel coronavirus and calling on its industry partners and peers to lend their own resources, joining the fight against COVID-19. Georgia Ports Authority expressed gratitude to its trucking community for their diligence and hard work to keep the supply chain moving and transporting much-needed essentials such as medical supplies, food and agricultural products around the clock. Port Tampa Bay reported the establishment of two new programs, the COVID-19 Application Fee Waiver and Third-Party FTZ Service Provider Annual Fee Deferral, in response to the evolving commercial environment of 2020. 
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The Port of Montréal, its port partners and ship owners joined an international movement to sound, blow, ring or pull the horns, whistles and bells of ships and all port equipment to recognize port workers and seafarers in particular, the "unsung heroes of global trade," marking International Workers Day. The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) recognizes its fourth annual Maritime Month this May and National Maritime Day on May 22 to pay tribute to the region’s rich maritime history and to recognize the hardworking men and women who ensure essential goods and freight reach their destinations. This May, the Port of San Diego will pay special tribute to the men and women of its Working Waterfront who continue to work hard to ensure the safe and timely delivery of essential goods, providing crucial services in these difficult times. 
The Port of Mobile’s newest refrigerated cargo facility is erecting steel and changing the landscape at one of the nation’s fastest growth container ports. MTC Logistics (MTC) is investing approximately $61 million at the Port of Mobile. The Port of Vancouver USA received a shipment of nine wind turbines including the longest wind turbine blades it has handled to date. The delivery is a joint effort between the turbine manufacturer Goldwind and the wind project owner Potentia Renewables. 
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Propane Education & Research Council
Sustainability is the way of the future, but it is also a reality of the now. From fuel options to water standards to air quality, ports are making big strides toward achieving a more sustainable footprint.
Just as in person auto sales resume, the Port of Hueneme’s largest customers brace for an approximate 90% reduction in cargo over the next two months. Automobiles, the port’s largest revenue generating commodity, will see reductions as manufacturers from Germany, United Kingdom, Sweden, South Korea and Japan have been closed during most of April. The Port of Los Angeles moved 688,999 TEUs in April. While that figure was 53% more than March volumes, it represents a decrease of 6.45% compared to last April, which is the standard comparison. Port Executive Director Gene Seroka announced the April volumes in a news briefing.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Breaking Waves blog shares insights to help recognize and mitigate criminal or terrorist activity that takes advantage of changes in personal activity and commercial operations as a result of the pandemic. Port Houston, the largest port on the U.S. Gulf Coast, recently obtained its ISO 28000 recertification for its Security Management System (SMS) for the fifth time. This exceptional achievement was accomplished without any non-conformances.
The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation announced the recipients of its Pacesetter Award for international cargo tonnage increases during the 2019 shipping season. That pentad included the Port of Duluth-Superior, which earned Pacesetter honors for the second consecutive year.
A sprawling vessel service begins this week with 18 megaships linking the Port of Oakland to Asia, including Saudi Arabia.  A highlight of the new service: the first-ever direct link between Oakland and the Middle East. The port said that Japan’s ONE line would operate the new weekly service called the Far East-Pacific 2. The first ship in the service, the ONE Aquila, should arrive at Oakland International Container Terminal on May 7.
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Sylvie Vachon, president and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority has been invited to serve on the COVID-19 Supply Council, which will bring together a diverse group of leaders to provide the government with advice on the procurement of critical goods and services required as part of Canada’s COVID-19 response and recovery.
May 2020
Sponsored by McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc.
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT
Staff Contact: Ed O'Connell
May 2020
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT
Staff Contact: Evan Chapman