AAPA Seaports Advisory
June 25, 2020
AAPA's 2020 Port Security Seminar & Expo is a week-long virtual event, delivering timely, relevant content from experts, exclusive networking and interaction with colleagues, and educational opportunities from industry solution providers. From July 13-17, registered participants will be able to access pre-recorded content, participate in live Q&A sessions with presenters, exchange private messages with colleagues through an event app and meet with exhibitors in virtual, informal small groups.
In addition, don't miss this opportunity to receive an Industry Recognized Port Certificate (IRPC) in Maritiime Cyber Security, which requires participation in the Port Security Seminar. Register for the IRPC-Maritime Cyber Security Certificate by July 1 and receive a $50 discount. See additional information below, or contact Andrew Cameron at AAPA for more details.
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
Registration is open for the Fall 2020 Industry Recognized Port Certificate (IRPC) program. Established in 2019, the IRPC program delivers a comprehensive understanding of the public port industry with a focus of developing the needs of the maritime workforce in a relatively short (six month) period of time. AAPA currently offers two IRPC Certificates – Fundamentals in Port Management and Maritime Cyber Security.

Achieving the IRPC Fundamentals in Port Management requires completing the fully online, eight-week course “Introduction to Port and Terminal Management” offered by Lamar University’s Center for Port Management from August 18 to October 12. Applications are due July 28.

The IRPC Maritime Cyber Security Certificate requires participation in the upcoming AAPA Anywhere: Port Security Seminar & Expo July 13-17. Register by July 1 to receive a $50 discount. For more information about the IRPC program, contact Andrew Cameron at AAPA. 
In a June 18 interview for Dredgewire, incoming executive director of the Port of Baltimore, William Doyle, a former U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner and most recently CEO of the Dredging Contractors of America, talks about his initial goals, dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, new opportunities and jobs, and approaching business practices to benefit all. In the article, he stated, “It is critical to have open communication with all the various entities in the supply chain. Those good relationships are vital to the success at any port.”  Read the full interview here.
Port of Oakland Board President Ces Butner denounced social injustice as West Coast dockworkers prepared to protest racism. In an online video interview distributed to employees and the public, President Butner said the port must stand up for what’s right. Port of Seattle Executive Director Steve Metruck announced immediate changes to Port of Seattle Police Department protocols regarding hiring practices, commitment to diversity and use of force. The Port of Tacoma reaffirmed its values and signed a Juneteenth proclamation following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and subsequent Black Lives Matter movements.
The Port of Palm Beach, Hospitality Helping Hands and Feeding South Florida partner to host a drive-through food distribution on Saturdays for families in need. Watch this video of the first event held on May 30.
The Halifax Port Authority is creating a committee to foster greater collaboration between the port and the larger public and to solicit feedback from those affected by port operations and projects. Despite the Port Centre’s temporary closure, the Port of Montreal is pleased to welcome visitors to the free History of Ships exhibition specially mounted on the ground floor of the Grand Quay for the summer months.
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Port of Beaumont was awarded a $1.57 million grant by the Texas Department of Transportation as part of the 2019-2020 Port Access Program. The grant will fund a new truck queuing area that will improve port access and provide safety benefits as a result of removing trucks from city streets. Port Fourchon announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded a $135 million federal INFRA grant to the LA 1 Improvement Project. Port Houston was awarded nearly $80 million in INFRA grant funding toward its efforts to restore and improve wharf and yard space at its Barbours Cut Container Terminal. The Ports of Indiana received a USDOT Marine Highway Grant for developing a steel barge shuttle with Nucor Steel at its Jeffersonville port. Port Tampa Bay received a $19.8 million grant as part of the INFRA grant program. Port Tampa Bay will use the grant money to complete the Berth 214 project, which is the definition of an ideal intermodal project due to its ability to connect cargo that arrived by ship to road or rail.
The Port of Savannah recently acheived top port in the nation for the export of containerized agricultural goods. In Calendar Year 2019, agriculture accounted for 60% of Savannah's exports, or more than 843,000 TEUs. Total loaded exports increased by 15,500 TEUs to 1.33 million TEUs for the fiscal year to date (July 2019 to May 2020).
History was made last week when the Port of Los Angeles, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, APM Terminals Los Angeles and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Locals 13, 63 and 94 successfully moved 18,465 containers from the MSC Isabella during a single ship call at APM Terminals’ Pier 400. This new all-time world record — equal to 34,263 TEUs — is 1,385 containers more than the previously held record.
Port Everglades received unanimous approval on its 20-Year Master/Vision Plan update from the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. The plan, updated from 2014, is a comprehensive blueprint for 5, 10 and 20 years of development and capital improvements. 
The Port of Hueneme’s longest serving commissioner, Jess Herrera, was named recipient of the 2020 Latino Leadership Award by the Pacific Coast Business Times along with CEO & Port Director Kristin Decas named as a Top Woman in Business. The board that oversees the Port of Long Beach and the city’s Harbor Department welcomed the newest member, Bobby Olvera Jr., a fifth-generation dock worker and union leader. Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Tracy J. Egoscue has announced she will not seek reappointment when her term expires June 30. The North Carolina State Ports Authority’s leader, Paul J. Cozza, is retiring from his post as executive director. Cozza will continue to serve in his role through December 31. As the Board of Directors announced Cozza’s retirement, the 11-member board also named Brian E. Clark as the new executive director. Clark currently serves as the chief operating officer and deputy executive director. Barb Wilson joins the Port of Seattle as the chief of staff for its five-member elected body, the Port of Seattle Commission. Wilson brings 25 years of experience in the private, public and nonprofit sectors in Seattle.
The Port of Monroe has once again received the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award, a recognition given to domestic shipping industry leaders by the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. The Montreal Port Authority is proud to receive the Concilivi, awarded by the provincial government's Réseau pour un Québec Famille to organizations that stand out for their internal policies to help employees achieve balance in their work, family and personal life.
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In a complex operation, Atlantic Ro/Ro (ARRC) ships at PhilaPort’s Tioga Marine Terminal were loaded for export with large, heavy pieces of machinery from across the United States bound for Saint Petersburg, Russia. After final assembly in Siberia, the machinery will be used for the energy sector.
Konecranes announced a fleet of 16 diesel-electric Konecranes Noell straddle carriers are on order and will be delivered to APMT Rotterdam container terminal in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, by the end of September. These straddle carriers are part of Kone­cranes’ path to port automation, where container terminals improve productivity and safety in manageable steps.
Maritime cranes and equipment manufacturer Liebherr, an AAPA ISP member, has developed a remote service tool to improve assistance through visual information that ultimately leads to faster and easier troubleshooting. Audio and video calls, a chat function, screen sharing, image and document exchange, as well as whiteboarding functions are some of the features that have been integrated in the tool. 
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