AAPA Seaports Advisory
September 10, 2020
AAPA's Annual Convention and Expo, Together Apart, has gone virtual and is the next best thing to being there. The seaport industry's premier event runs September 21-23 and will feature keynote speakers and subject matter experts focusing on topics ranging from international trade and tourism, to import tariff challenges and the U.S. elections in November. Keynote presenters include Axios Co-Founder and Executive Editor Mike Allen, Global Business Alliance President and CEO Nancy McLernon, Associated Luxury Hotels International President and CEO Michael Dominguez, and Volvo Trucks North America President Peter Voorhoeve.

The Annual Convention and Expo will also feature networking events and a special awards segment to honor winners in AAPA's 2020 port industry awards competitions and present its annual Port Person of the Year award to Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Rickey “R.D.” James. The full calendar of events is available on the AAPA website.

Register today to ensure prompt delivery of your welcome gift before the convention kickoff! Sponsorships and exhibit opportunities are still available. 
Next in Line to Lead Ports
By Christina Haley O'Neal, WilmingtonBiz.com, 08-07-2020
As one of his many goals as the next leader of the North Carolina State Ports Authority, Brian Clark aims to support the ports’ role in economic development ef­forts across the region and state.

Clark will become the new executive director of the authority, also known as N.C. Ports, come Jan. 1, following the retirement of Paul Coz­za. Cozza has served as executive director since 2014. Clark joined N.C. Ports in 2017 and has more than two decades of experience in the maritime industry.

Currently the ports’ chief oper­ating officer, Clark is preparing be­tween now and January to take on the leadership role by talking with key stakeholders, making plans and keeping an eye on the global trade and shipping trends that are fluc­tuating because of the COVID-19 pandemic, he said. Read the full article here.
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The Port of Bellingham is increasing the frequency of temporary, emergency ferry service from Point Roberts to two times per week and changing the arrival location to Bellingham to better serve Whatcom County residents who have been unable to access critical goods and services due to the closure of the Canadian border during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Port Tampa Bay celebrates a historically successful migratory bird nesting season. In 2020, one of the port’s two dredge material management areas and spoil islands had the greatest diversity of nesting shorebird species than any other spot in the state. 
The Port of Portland is seeking a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance program to support a proposed development on port property within the City of Portland’s Rivergate Industrial District. Consistent with the port’s strategic goals for industrial land development, the proposed project would contribute to regional economic recovery, promote social equity, and support needed job growth and private investment.
Capital investments on behalf of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey result in the long-term economic growth for the port industry, according to the 2020 Economic Impact Study by the New York Shipping Association. Investments close to $2.9 billion across projects spanning waterside, terminal and landside infrastructure and equipment have reshaped and repositioned the port to meet 21st-century needs. The Port of San Francisco announced the completion of a $98 million expansion project that improves water transportation, creates resilient infrastructure for emergency response activities and provides the public with new open space on the San Francisco waterfront.
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Port of San Diego President Randa Coniglio has announced that she will retire as the port’s chief executive officer. Coniglio leads more than 500 employees managing the port, a state special district responsible for more than 14,000 acres of tideland, bay and beaches along 34 waterfront miles in five cities. Her retirement date has not yet been determined. Mike Nerney, who built long-lasting relationships with clients first as a ship's agent and then at the Port of San Francisco as assistant deputy director of the maritime division, has retired. Monica Sturgis began her career at The Port of Virginia in August as chief human resources officer. Strugis is responsible for the development and implementation of human resources needs and plans across the three port entities: The Virginia Port Authority, Virginia International Terminals, and Hampton Roads Chassis Pool II.
For the second straight month, the Port of Green Bay continued to experience the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the struggling economy. For the month of August, 153,168 tons of cargo moved through the port, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,606,865 tons, down 19% from the same time a year ago. The Port of Long Beach had the best August in its 109-year history, marking a strong start to the peak shipping season, although COVID-19 continues to create long-term economic uncertainty. Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 725,610 TEUs of container cargo last month, a 9.3% increase compared to August 2019. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority released the 2020 mid-year statistics for goods moving through the Port of Vancouver. From January 1 to June 30, 2020, overall cargo through the port decreased by 1.1% from 72.4 to 71.7 million metric tons (MMT) over the same time last year. Despite an overall decrease in cargo moving through the port, new mid-year records were set for bulk and containerized grain, as well as total foreign tonnage and foreign exports.
For the first time in 13 years, the Port of Brownsville resumed the export of grains overseas via vessel. WestPlains LLC, the operator of the port's grain elevator, loaded 34,000 metric tons of sorghum onto the M/V Tian Fu in late August. The sorghum was harvested from throughout the Rio Grande Valley. The Port of Kalama has again been named the third largest bulk exporter on the West Coast right after Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., according to the U.S. Census Bureau and USA Trade Online. Handling well over 13 million metric tons of bulk commodities, the Port of Kalama weighs in as one of the West Coast’s largest exporters.
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Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor is handling the primary shipments for a $1 billion power plant project at the Indeck Niles Energy Center in Michigan. More than 600 pieces of cargo, some as large as 600,000 pounds and 100-feet long, are being shipped through the northern Indiana port destined for Niles, Mich.
The Port of Los Angeles will begin distributing and publishing key dashboard data from Wabtec’s Port Optimizer™ so that all supply chain stakeholders have easy access and can use the forward-looking information to better plan and prepare for inbound cargo.
The Port of Monroe has earned a 2019 navigation season Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award, which recognizes its efforts in increasing international Seaway cargo during the 2019 navigation season. The Port of Monroe received the Pacesetter Award five times out of the last seven seasons beginning in 2012.
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The Port of Longview is seeking bids from qualified suppliers for the purchase of rail materials that will be installed by others.  The complete bid documents for the North Rail Connection Project - Rail Materials Purchase are available on the port’s website. Bids must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. (PT) September 16. Panama City Port Authority will be accepting sealed bids for the East Gate Rail and Crossing Improvements. The work will include the furnishing of all permits, materials, equipment, machinery, tools, transportation, and labor necessary to complete the project, as described in the detailed Scope of Work in the Contract Documents. The deadline to submit bids is 2:00 p.m. CT, September 30. The Port of San Francisco is seeking qualified consultants to establish a program to provide skills training and employment experience for economically disadvantaged San Francisco youth and young adults to help them obtain gainful employment and/or promotions at their current employment.  A pre-submittal videoconference will be held September 14 at 2:00 p.m. PT. The deadline to submit bids is October 7 at 2:00 p.m. PT.
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