AAPA Seaports Advisory
March 4, 2021
Join AAPA in honoring U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), selected as the 2021 ‘Port Person of the Year’ recipients, at the AAPA Anywhere: Spring Conference March 16-18 held virtually. You won’t want to miss remarks from these two influential lawmakers sharing their policy outlook and insights on Congressional action regarding issues that impact the port industry. Register today and reserve your spot!
Take a look at the exciting lineup of keynote speakers in the agenda. Attendees of the AAPA Anywhere: Spring Conference will have access to timely, relevant content from these influential leaders, exclusive networking opportunities and live Q&A sessions with the speakers. 
About the 2021 Port Person of the Year Recipients
Senator Richard Shelby is the senior U.S. Senator from the state of Alabama. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986 and is currently in his sixth term. Senator Shelby is the former chairman and current vice chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. He formerly served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration and the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, of which he is the longest serving member in history. He remains a senior member on each of the committees. He also serves on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Congressman Peter DeFazio is the U.S. Representative for Oregon's 4th congressional district, serving since 1987. In 2019, Rep. DeFazio was elected to the powerful position of chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which has jurisdiction over the nation's highways, public transit, rail systems, airports, pipelines, and seaports, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Army Corps of Engineers, and other agencies.
ECOncrete® offers a suite of high performance, environmentally sensitive concrete solutions that enhance the biological and ecological value of urban, coastal, and marine infrastructure while increasing their strength and durability. Its innovative solutions reduce the ecological footprint of ports, marinas, coastal protections schemes and urban waterfront projects, while adding to their structural integrity. ECOncrete transforms the way our future coastlines look and function, by replacing barren “gray” urban coastlines and waterfronts, with high-performance, resilient, blue-green infrastructure, which foster highly productive thriving ecosystems. The company offers a unique multidisciplinary blend of marine ecologists, biologists, geologists, concrete experts, engineers, and designers, working hand in hand to bring concrete to life.
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
AAPA’s Vice President of Marketing and Workforce Development attended the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE) first in-person training – Maritime Port Manager program – since the beginning of the pandemic. IAMPE and AAPA recently signed an MOU to create an education partnership that will streamline their efforts and offer a broader range of training programs to their members. In particular, IAMPE’s Maritime Port Manager and Maritime Port Executive (MPM/MPE) programs will form the foundation of AAPA’s two Professional Port Manager (PPM) cornerstone courses – Marine Terminal Management Training and Executive Management Training. The first joint session wil take place April 19-23. AAPA and IAMPE will continue to refine and streamline their joint offerings and related certifications. Follow AAPA's website for more information.
The Port of Los Angeles has opened the application process for its annual 2021-22 Community Investment Grant Program. Each year since 2013, the program has provided up to $1 million in non-taxpayer funded grants to local nonprofit organizations in support of events, programs and projects that benefit the Los Angeles Harbor community.
The Port of Hueneme marked the 45th food distribution event, in collaboration with Oxnard’s Southwinds Neighborhood Council, as they continue to be committed to providing food access to families in the community impacted by the pandemic, which was declared over a year ago.
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The Port of San Francisco is hosting its 4th Annual Contract Opportunities Open House on March 18 to virtually connect local businesses and trades on upcoming contracting opportunities with the port. Port Executive Director Elaine Forbes, Port Commission President Kimberly Brandon, Port CFO Katharine Petrucione, and staff will outline contract opportunities in 2021, in the areas of construction, engineering and real estate and development.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, tenants and other organizations will use their share of funds allocated in the state’s participation in the Regional Green House Gas Initiative (RGGI) and the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust for electrification programs, helping the port with its goals of reducing carbon emissions in its operations, improving air quality and reducing the effects of climate change. 
The Port of Baltimore announced the release of the federally approved Environmental Assessment for the Howard Street Tunnel project to allow for double-stacked intermodal container trains to and from the port. This project will increase container capacity and business at the port and create thousands of jobs. The comment period for the public to submit questions and comments for the Environmental Assessment is March 1 through March 30.
Skyline Steel, LLC
The Port of Corpus Christi’s newest Commissioner, Rajan Ahuja, was sworn in by Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales. Ahuja replaces Al Jones on the Port Commission. Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners selected local resident and Cowlitz County Utilities Manager, Patrick Harbison, to fill the vacant District 2 Commission seat.
Funded by the Port of Los Angeles, the $36 million development project on the LA Waterfront continues to progress and will create a new central gathering space, as well as a promenade connecting attractions and points of interest along the harbor’s Main Channel. Watch a video overview of the project completion timeline.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority released the 2020 year-end statistics for goods moving through the Port of Vancouver. Overall, cargo through the port increased by 1% from 144.2 to 145.5 million metric tons over the same time last year, with new annual records set for grain, potash, and container trade.
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.
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The Duluth Seaway Port Authority reported opening dates for the upcoming Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System navigation season, its 63rd since it opened in 1959. Ship transits will be subject to weather and ice conditions and transit restrictions may apply in some areas until after installation of lighted navigational aids.
The Port of Brownsville announced Col. Timothy R. Vail, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District Commander, was honored as the Texas Ports Association (TPA) 2021 Port Person of the Year at a recent stakeholder partnering forum. TPA President Phyllis Saathoff presented Col. Vail with the award in a surprise ceremony.
The Belledune Port Authority continues to directly invest in the education of youth from the region. Recipients of its Bursary Program scholarships were announced recently and will receive $2,500 in financial aid for the 2020-2021 academic school year.
Green Marine
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Director, Compliance and Contracts, Norfolk, VA; The Port of Virginia

Economic Development Manager, Albany, NY; Port of Albany

Assistant Director of Human Resources, Long Beach, CA; Port of Long Beach

Procurement Manager
, Longview, WA; Port of Longview

Project Engineer, Longview, WA; Port of Longview

Executive Director, New Bedford, MA; New Bedford Port Authority

Chief of Design and Construction, Corpus Christi, TX; Port Corpus Christi Authority

Manager, Business Development Ports & Harbors, Nationwide; ION Geophysical Corporation

Port Director, Stockton, CA; Port of Stockton

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

SVP, Deputy General Counsel and Group General Counsel, Reston, VA; Major, Lindsey & Africa
Mar 2021
March 16-18, 2021
South Jersey Port Corporation
Northsouth GIS LLC