AAPA Seaports Advisory
December 23, 2020
Is professional development included in your New Year's resolution? If so, apply to the updated Professional Port Manager (PPM®) certification program today! The application deadline for the 2023 PPM class is January 31, 2021. Instructions to submit your application can be accessed here: https://t.co/uXuKkPWyzs?amp=1.
This holiday season AAPA joins the Heroes at Sea 2020 organization in praising seafarers for their dedication working onboard ships, sometimes for months on end during the pandemic, to deliver the goods we rely on. A Heroes at Sea Tribute Concert was held for seafarers around the world.
As AAPA bids a fond farewell to senior staff members Ed O'Connell and Aaron Ellis who announced their retirement plans, AAPA is pleased to welcome new staff Paula Gonzalez, Senior Manager of Membership Recruitment, who began December 7. Jen Wilk, Public Relations Director, will join the AAPA team January 11.
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing financial hardship to people across New Brunswick this year, the Port of Belledune doubled down on its mission to give back to its communities. This year the port has donated $37,000 to food banks in the Acadian Peninsula, Chaleur Region and Restigouche Region. Port Windsor has donated $2500 to The Salvation Army‘s Annual Red Kettle Campaign. The funds have been re-purposed from the usual year-end festivities and recognitions to prioritize support of its community.
The Port of Harlingen welcomed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Southwestern Division Commander Brig. Gen. Christopher G. Beck, Galveston District Commander Col. Timothy R. Vail and other Corps officials on a visit as part of an outreach initiative to improve communication and project management between the Corps and ports.
Following health and safety guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the Port of San Diego continues to work with its cruise line partners along with federal and county agencies to resume cruise operations when it is safe to do so.
The Port of Corpus Christi Authority Commission approved a lease agreement and related pipeline easement for the Bluewater Texas Terminals, LLC (BWTX) offshore deepwater port project — a 50/50 joint venture between Texas-based Phillips 66 and Trafigura Group Pte. Ltd. This agreement facilitates BWTX’s plans to provide safe and environmentally friendly infrastructure for the increasing exports of responsibly produced U.S. crude oil to the global demand markets that prefer U.S. energy.
Your Global Port Solutions Provider
Challenging today. Reinventing tomorrow. At Jacobs, we make the world smarter, more connected, and more sustainable. As the #1 Marine and Port Facilities firm, we have developed long-term, trusted relationships with global container, bulk, general cargo, oil and gas, cruise and urban waterfront clients. With our maritime legacy spanning 150 years, Jacobs helps clients achieve their goals of cost-effectiveness, safety, flexibility, operational efficiency, sustainability, and resiliency.
Learn More about Jacobs' Ports Group
Skyline Steel, LLC
Propane Education & Research Council
Massport announced the early completion of Phase II of the Boston Harbor Dredging Project, a $350 million partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Massport. After completing a lengthy Section 203 Feasibility Study Report with its own funds, Port Fourchon received some great news that gives the port authorization to begin dredging Belle Pass, Bayou Lafourche, and the Northern Expansion to 30 feet.
Towering new cranes are coming to the Port of Oakland to handle the massive ships calling the seaport. These new cranes will be the tallest ever at Oakland, and rank among the largest in the United States.
The Port of San Diego has approved a pilot project with FREDsense Technologies Corp. to develop a portable five-in-one field-testing sensor device to provide real-time metals analysis for stormwater monitoring.
Hapag-Lloyd, a leading global liner shipping company, will begin a container line service at Port Saint John in 2021. Geographic and intermodal attributes, including a world-class container terminal operator, two Class I railways and terminal modernization project, continue to attract private sector investment and interest in the port. Port Tampa Bay welcomes the commencement of a new weekly cross-Gulf container shipping service operated by Work Cat. There are two vessels in the rotation that allow for weekly frequency, each with a carrying capacity of 250 X 53-foot containers.
The Port of Beaumont and ExxonMobil marked the safe arrival of equipment for a refinery upgrade project at ExxonMobil’s Beaumont Refinery. Last month, Red Box Energy Services AUDAX vessel, which is more than two football fields long, arrived at the port carrying six large furnaces for the project.
The Port of New Orleans is set to begin the due diligence process for a potential $1.5 billion multimodal container terminal to serve the largest container vessels calling in the Gulf of Mexico. Following unanimous approval by the Board of Commissioners, Port NOLA intends to acquire property in St. Bernard Parish and begin a two-year due diligence and permitting period that will include robust community engagement.
Following a slow October, when just more than 110,000 tons moved through the Port of Green Bay, November shipments were strong at nearly 238,000 tons. Limestone shipments accounted for nearly 100,000 tons of cargo in November, while imports of foreign and domestic salt were also strong. “Coal and petroleum products also played a role in the solid November tonnage” said Port Director Dean Haen.
The Port of Los Angeles praised U.S. Congressional and local leaders for approving the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (WRDA) as part of the year-end omnibus and COVID relief legislative package. The bipartisan legislation, approved on Monday by the House and Senate, is essential to our country's ports, harbors, and inland waterways. 
Stabilize Soft Subgrades for Heavy Loads -- GEOWEB® Geocells
Presto Geosystems®
Presto Geosystems worked closely with the US Army Corps to design a 36,000-square-foot haul road over weak soil using the GEOWEB® 3D system. Due to the low subgrade strength and anticipated heavy traffic patterns at the confined disposal facility, a dual-layer of GEOWEB Geocell reinforcement was required. The system performs as a load support structure, and with the aggregate infill, it provides additional on-site stormwater management.
See Project Results >>
Green Marine
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
The  USS Stephen W. Groves has completed her final journey to International Shipbreaking Ltd.’s (ISL)  facility at the Port of Brownsville, where she will be recycled. Her arrival marks the sixth U.S. Navy vessel contract awarded ISL this year.
The Port of Long Beach has launched a new online dashboard called the WAVE (Weekly Advance Volume Estimate) report to shine a spotlight on anticipated cargo flow and widely share key data with every link in the supply chain.
The Port of Corpus Christi’s Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) has been named the best in the nation by Site Selection Magazine, in recognition of the efforts by the port and its customers to promote economic development and job growth in the Texas Coastal Bend region.
The Louisiana International Deep Water Gulf Transfer Terminal (LIGTT) will release an RFQ/RFP on December 23 seeking developers for a deep water transfer terminal located approximately 2.5 miles off the east shore of Southwest Pass in Plaquemines Parish. The RFQ/RFP release will be hosted at http://ligtt.com/full-rfq-rfp-document/.
Senior Maritime Projects Administrator, Oakland, CA; Port of Oakland

Director – Transportation Planning, Long Beach, CA; Port of Long Beach

Manager – Business Development, Long Beach, CA; Port of Long Beach

Director – Master Planning, Long Beach, CA; Port of Long Beach

City Manager, Seward, AK; City of Seward

Chair, Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Ann Arbor, MI; University of Michigan
South Jersey Port Corporation
Northsouth GIS LLC