AAPA Seaports Advisory
May 21, 2020
With many port communications personnel working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, AAPA extended the 2020 Communications Awards Program entry deadline to Monday, June 15, and the new deadline is approaching fast.

On the Communications Awards Program landing page, you can view the competition’s highlights, find links to winning entries from previous years for review and download, and navigate to the online entry materials by scrolling to the bottom and clicking the Submit button. That will link you to the entry guidelines, instructions to upload your entries (after you’ve created your account), entry fee and payment options, and required PowerPoint slide template that must be completed for each entry submitted.

So, if you have not done so already, start preparing your 2020 AAPA Communications Award Program submissions today. For more information and to submit, go to https://bit.ly/3bfSdYJ.
Friday, May 29 | 2:00 p.m. ET | 1:00 p.m. CT | 11:00 a.m. PT
This webinar with Anderson Kill builds upon the business interruption segment presented earlier this month. Insurance coverage for COVID-19 claims will be discussed, with a primary focus on best practices and strategies in preparing, presenting and pursuing a supportable insurance claim. It will also address the impact of any government grants or loans upon insurance claims.
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Port Call Digitalization – What it Is, How it Helps You and Why it Provides Financial Benefits
Wednesday, June 3 | 2:00 p.m. ET | 1:00 p.m. CT | 11 a.m. PT
Join ION's Graham Howe, Business Development Director, Operations Optimization, for a webinar on how port call digitalization can give you a business advantage in today’s competitive port sector. Attendees will be updated on the latest feedback from UK ports engaged in the process and hear testimonial from a port CEO who has recently taken action to move his port through the digitalization maturity framework.
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Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
On May 19, Stephen Kirkland, the executive director of Norfolk, Va.-based Nauticus Maritime Museum and The Battleship Wisconsin, interviewed The Port of Virginia's CEO John F. Reinhart in a salute to National Maritime Day on May 22. Reinhart, who announced this week he will be retiring as the port’s top executive in March 2021, answered questions related to The Port of Virginia’s COVID-19 impacts and response, current working conditions at the port amidst the pandemic, his perspectives on port expansion, and his thoughts on the importance of National Maritime Day and the value that maritime industry workers, ships and ports provide.
This week, marine ports, organizations, businesses and vessels have been sounding off – orally, in writing and in horn blowing – as a tribute to National Maritime Day on May 22.

To mark the occasion, which annually recognizes the mariners, the maritime industry, ports and their workforces, AAPA encouraged its member ports to reach out to harbormasters and vessel captains in ports throughout the hemisphere to sound their ship’s horns or whistles four times at noon each day from May 18 to May 22 as they work to move COVID-19 response necessities and other goods around the globe.

Among those who have participated via social media and/or through press releases and other National Maritime Day outreach this week are: American Maritime Partnership, Columbia River Steamship Operators Association, Curaçao Ports Authority, Florida Maritime Partnership, Florida Ports Council, Georgia Ports Authority, Great Lakes Seaway Partnership, Hawaii DOT (Port of Hawaii), Moffatt & Nichol, OrbitMI Inc., Northwest Seaport Alliance, Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, Port Everglades, Port of Albany (NY), Port of Baltimore, Port of Boston (Boston Harbor), Port of Coos Bay (OR), Port of Galveston, Port of Gulfport, Port of South Louisiana, Port of Vancouver USA, Port Tampa Bay, Portside New York, Shipbuilders Council of America, Port of Palm Beach, Port of San Diego and South Jersey Port.

Thanks to these and the many, many organizations not mentioned above that support National Maritime Day and AAPA’s “Sound Off” initiative.
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Ports have become increasingly creative and sophisticated in their approach to financing their operations and capital improvement, and are continually seeking diverse financing opportunities while employing technology for efficiency and transparency as they navigate the complex issues related to port finance. 
The FIOL Railway project in northeast Brazil is currently looking for investors. The project is part of the Brazilian government´s PPI investment program, and a general overview of the project can be found here. The railway, projected to transport solid bulk (primarily grains) as well as general and containerized cargo, will be constructed from Figueirópolis (State of Tocantins) to the Port of Ilhéus (State of Bahia), administered by AAPA member CODEBA. For more information, please contact Mr. Eduardo Athayde.
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The Port of Hueneme announced a partnership expansion with the Department of Navy’s NavalX Tech Bridge initiative that will bolster Ventura County's ability to develop cutting-edge technology. The Port of Redwood City Board of Commissioners awarded $21,000 in sponsorships to six local organizations as part of the organization’s commitment to support the Silicon Valley community. Port Tampa Bay will be hosting its 8th annual Hurricane Preparedness Tabletop Exercise. This is one of many choreographed exercises to best prepare all Tampa Bay area agencies for all possible hurricane and/or tropical storm scenarios.
South Jersey Port Corporation welcomes new tenant John Lawrie Inc., a top trader of metal piping, at its facilities in Camden. The multi-year lease means more local jobs as the port builds upon the 4 million tons of cargo that it handles annually.
The North Carolina State Ports Authority made history Wednesday as the MV Hyundai Hope sailed in to the Port of Wilmington. The MV Hyundai Hope has a carrying capacity of nearly 14,000 TEUs and is one of the largest container ships calling on the United States East Coast. The final group of specialized cargo cranes that are at the center of The Port of Virginia’s capacity expansion project arrived Thursday at Norfolk International Terminals (NIT). Over the course of the last two years, 86 of the cranes have been delivered to the port: 26 new cranes are in place at Virginia International Gateway and 60 at NIT. The $217 million contract with Finland-based Konecranes, an AAPA ISP member, is the largest one-time order for automated stacking cranes in industry history.
Following a national search, Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry announced that seaport and economic development leader Jonathan Daniels will be the new chief executive and port director at Port Everglades. Broward’s diverse seaport is a global gateway for cargo, cruise and petroleum that is undergoing a $1.6 billion port expansion effort. Moacyr Pedro of São Paulo, Brazil, has joined the Port Houston team to lead business development efforts in Central and South America. He replaces veteran representative Arturo Gamez, who is retiring after 31 years with Port Houston. Sylvie Vachon, president and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) received the prestigious Donna Letterio Leadership Award 2020 from the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA). 
The Port of Brownsville ranks third among U.S. ports for “strong financial resilience” surveyed in a new report issued by Moody’s Investor Services, underscoring the ongoing value of the port’s prudent financial stewardship in light of economic impacts from the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) thanked Ed Miller, a driver operator at the Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City Terminal for nearly 15 years, along with the hundreds of other GPA employees whose work during the COVID-19 pandemic is helping to keep critical supplies moving. The Port of Los Angeles and Logistics Victory Los Angeles (LoVLA) have received a donation of more than 11,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) from Harbor Freight Tools, a long-time customer at the Port of Los Angeles. The equipment will be distributed by LoVLA to various health and medical facilities throughout the city in the fight against COVID-19.
The Port of New York and New Jersey continues to maintain a strong supply chain as the end of Q1 marks increasing numbers for its rail practice. Rail volume increased 1.5% from the previous year’s March figure, totaling 59,771 containers for March 2020. Total volume for March 2020 was 560,830 TEUs (318,521 lifts) versus 585,098 TEUs (333,688 lifts) in March 2019, a 4.1% decrease.
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The Port of San Diego joins public agencies throughout the country in celebrating May 17-23, 2020 as National Public Works Week, sponsored by the American Public Works Association (APWA). On May 19, 2020, the Board of Port Commissioners authorized a resolution proclaiming its support of National Public Works Week. Each year, APWA members in the U.S. and Canada spend this week honoring the tens of thousands of men and women who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works and educate the public on the important role public works plays in our everyday lives.
Momentum Logistics has launched operations at the Port of Wilmington, Delaware, in a bid to support parent company Gulftainer’s US subsidiary GT USA Wilmington. Momentum Logistics Delaware aims to provide a complete suite of supply chain management solutions to the current customer base at the Port of Wilmington and to the Edgemoor Container Terminal once the facility is built.
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