AAPA Seaports Advisory
November 12, 2020
AAPA and the International Association of Maritime Port Executives (IAMPE) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to acknowledge a new agreement that expands education and training opportunities for port and maritime industry professionals. Both AAPA and IAMPE have established professional development and training certification programs, and the MOU allows credits received from either program to be applied toward attainment of the other association’s professional certification. Candidates pursuing the AAPA Professional Port Management (PPM®) program certification will benefit from these additional opportunities. Also, the PPM program has been updated to allow completion within 18-24 months, reduce overall program costs and increase options for training online and through IAMPE.
In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), November 8-14, AAPA has signed a NAW proclamation in support of apprenticeships and the opportunities they provide the industry workforce for paid, workplace experiences as a pathway to close the skills gap. As the steward of a grant award through the U.S. Department of Labor, AAPA is committed to expanding apprenticeships for workers throughout the seaport and transportation, distribution and logistics sectors.
AAPA and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) will co-host a Federal Assistance Domestic Preference Interactive Listening Session on Thursday, December 3, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern). The discussion is intended to raise awareness of domestic preference rules (Buy America and Buy American) and highlight best practices that can minimize project management disruptions arising from these federal grant requirements.

There’s often uncertainty and/or confusion among potential federal grant applicants and grant awardees about the U.S. government’s domestic preference requirements prior to award and post award. Further, grant awardees may enter a grant agreement with USDOT with the understanding of the domestic preference provisions, but fail to plan for compliance with the requirements. This can jeopardize the viability of grant agreements and have a substantial impact on the anticipated grant budget or work plan.
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
The Port of Long Beach  will hold a virtual Community Grants Program workshop for potential applicants seeking funding for tree plantings and landscaping projects to help mitigate port-related air quality and noise impacts. The Port of Los Angeles has approved four local organizations' grants totaling $209,169 under the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation grants program that will directly serve and benefit nearby communities. The Port of Tacoma is offering a new virtual tour of the port during the ongoing pandemic. Visitors will be able to explore the port’s facility, habitat restoration areas, and businesses in the area.
Liebherr, an AAPA industry solution provider, announced that a new TCC 78000 heavy-duty gantry crane from Liebherr-MCCtec Rostock GmbH successfully completed loading activities of 72 foundation piles for Denmark's largest wind farm.
Hamilton & CIA USA opened new offices at the Port of Brownsville, the only deepwater port on the United States-Mexico border, to expand the company’s services to the region’s growing oil and gas industry
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The Port of Galveston announced it will be implementing a number of waste reduction initiatives as part of its voluntary Green Marine environmental certification. The Port of New Orleans was awarded a $1.24 million federal grant for the port’s Clean Truck Replacement Incentive Program to help truck and fleet owners replace older drayage trucks with cleaner models. Port Tampa Bay released 500 redfish into the Hillsborough Bay to help replenish the ecosystem in area waterways.  
The Connecticut Port Authority has launched a new website to provide the public with information pertaining to the State Pier New London Infrastructure Improvements Project. The website is managed by AECOM Technical Services, Inc., which serves as the port’s construction administrator for the project.
A major steel mill expansion in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, is expected to have a big impact on the Port of Brownsville as a steel importer/exporter and to boost job creation locally, according to port officials.
Skyline Steel, LLC
Propane Education & Research Council
Each month a new Member Spotlight section in the Advisory newsletter will recognize an AAPA member port’s accomplishments, milestones and other interesting facts to highlight the diversity of our port members, and to help AAPA members feel more connected by learning more about each other. Reach out to Pam Maher (pmaher@aapa-ports.org) for an opportunity to share your port’s initiatives, achievements and let us know what you're up to!
The Port of Virginia welcomed a pair of massive container cranes to Norfolk International Terminals (NIT), the final pieces of equipment needed to complete the $450 million renovation of the terminal’s South Berth.
The Port of Everett welcomed the return of pulp cargo, loading shipments of pulp product for export on Westwood Shipping Lines vessels. The Port of Vancouver USA welcomes new tenant Printforia Inc. Printforia, a custom apparel provider, uses AI-assisted technology to manufacture and fulfill consumer products in real time.
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The Port of San Diego is conducting the first ever overwater lighting field test as part of the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge Lighting Project, the next step in a multi-step process to artistically illuminate a portion of the 2.1-mile bridge span from the Coronado shoreline to Harbor Drive in San Diego.  
The Port of New York and New Jersey handled record-breaking container volume in recent months and is taking measures to handle surging freight volumes attributed to several effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Green Marine
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
South Jersey Port Corporation