AAPA Seaports Advisory
February 4, 2021
AAPA corporate members are reminded to send their nominations for the Port Person(s) of the Year Award to Mary Beth Long, Vice President of Marketing and Workforce Development, at mlong@aapa-ports.org no later than Friday, February 5. Each year this prestigious award is given to an individual/s whose outstanding work has made a significant contribution to public ports and/or maritime commerce either internationally or within a particular country or region.
The submission deadline to apply for the Port Professional Manager (PPM®) Certification Program has been extended. Be sure to submit your application before the new deadline on February 8 at midnight. Don't miss out on your chance to access this newly updated program. Apply today at http://bit.ly/3p8ITMj.
AAPA is pleased to announce the formation of a new Audit Committee and has named Kent Britton, chief financial officer, Port of Corpus Christi, as chair and John Burns, CEO, Port of Coos Bay, as vice chair. The Audit Committee reports to the AAPA Board of Directors and will work with AAPA staff to strengthen the financial reporting, cash management and overall audit process for the Association. AAPA recognizes and appreciates the immeasurable contributions of these individuals and all of its committees' leadership and members.
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
Looking for an event where you can learn about some of the top challenges within the maritime industry? Check out the AAPA Anywhere: Communications, Administration & Legal Issues seminar on February 22-26. This virtual event will host a slew of informative speakers and important focus topics each day. Registrants who attend will gain access to valuable insight and exclusive networking opportunities. Register for the event here: http://bit.ly/3qyFmb9
The Northwest Seaport Alliance welcomed new co-chairs, Port of Tacoma President Dick Marzano and Port of Seattle Commission President Fred Felleman, at its first meeting of 2021. The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) welcomed Todd Rives to the executive team as vice president and chief commercial officer. Rives’ maritime strategic business development and leadership experience includes 15 years with ocean carrier CMA CGM.
Key cargo commodities at the Port of Baltimore’s public terminals were down for the year compared to 2019, but a strong recovery in the second half of the year helped narrow those declines. For all of 2020, containers dropped 3.7% with 632,307 boxes handled; general cargo was down 6.4% with 10,387,723 tons; roll on/roll off was down 23.9% with 689,708 tons; and auto/light trucks had 468,401 units, down 25.8% from 2019. The Port of Brownsville ended 2020 with an all-time high of 51,115 loaded railcars for the year, a 24% increase from the 41,207 railcar movements recorded in 2019. Total tonnage through the Port of Duluth-Superior dropped to 25.8 million short tons in 2020, the port’s lowest single-season total since 1938, On the upside, Duluth Cargo Connect welcomed 525,000 freight tons of wind cargo, surpassing the previous record of 306,000 freight tons set in 2019. Port Milwaukee finished 2020 with its highest annual cargo volume in the past seven years. Overall tonnage rose more than 5%, led by agricultural exports and handling of cement.
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The Port of Grays Harbor is partnering with local emergency management and health officials to provide a safe and secure mass vaccination site within its marine terminal complex for the administration of COVID vaccinations for the Grays Harbor community. Port Saint John has stepped forward to assist seafarers in this unprecedented time of crisis by investing in pier-side WiFi at the West Side terminals. “Considering the industry-wide crisis facing seafarers, Port Saint John recognized pier-side WiFi was more relevant and important than at any time in the past. This meant that pier-side WiFi became a top priority, and establishing WiFi became a critical project designed to improve seafarer opportunities for social contact and a lifeline to home, family and friends while in port,” said Chris Hall, vice president, operations & harbour master, Port Saint John.
The Prince Rupert Port Authority announced that work has begun on a $4 million habitat restoration project in the Seal Cove area that will feature new and improved community recreational access on the Prince Rupert waterfront. 
A $9.85 million contract for maintenance dredging in the Port of Alaska has been awarded to Seattle-based Manson Construction Company. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FY 2021 operation and maintenance account funds the $9.85 million firm-fixed-price contract.
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The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority EcoAction Program recognizes shipping lines that make investments in fuel, technology or environmental management that help maintain and protect the natural environment in and around the port. Shipping lines may quality for up to 47% off their harbor dues fee by meeting voluntary, industry best practices to reduce their environmental impact.
Massport has selected Lincoln Property’s bid to develop Parcel H in the South Boston Waterfront. In addition to advancing Massport’s diversity, equity and inclusion model, Lincoln proposed to build a standalone Life Science and Technology Career Training Center to expand job access to underrepresented populations.
This year’s Port of Long Beach annual State of the Port address is a virtual program and available online beginning at 9:00 a.m. PST on February 4. The virtual event takes a look back at the global pandemic and overcoming its challenges, environmental initiatives and a look ahead. Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan shared a short video at the annual Women in Logistics and Pacific Merchant Shipping Association State of the Port 2021, a virtual event this year, that takes a quick look back at 2020 and highlights projects and plans in 2021. You can see the video here
Green Marine
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Executive Director, Port Angeles, WA; Port of Port Angeles

, Dallas, TX; Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

Manager, Talent Relations and Engagement (Human Resources), Long Beach, CA; Port of Long Beach

Port Director
, Portage, IN; Ports of Indiana

Police Officer, Corpus Christi, TX; Port Corpus Christi Authority

Records Manager, Corpus Christi, TX; Port Corpus Christi Authority

Project Manager/Engineer
, Vancouver, WA; Port of Vancouver USA

Chief Operations Officer, Tacoma, WA; The Northwest Seaport Alliance

Research Assistant Professor – Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, Hong Kong, China; Hong Kong Polytechnic University
South Jersey Port Corporation
Northsouth GIS LLC