AAPA Seaports Advisory
March 11, 2021
Marc Levinson, famous economist, historian, and journalist, will open the AAPA Anywhere: Spring Conference on Tuesday, March 16. Author of The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger, and contributor to leading publications, such as the Harvard Business Review, New York Times and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Levinson will share his insights on trade, globalization, finance and business. You won’t want to miss his outlook on the disruption and adaptation of the global trade industry in a COVID world.
The agenda has additional information about this year's virtual event and highlights the full slate of keynote speakers. Attendees will have access to content from these influential speakers, exclusive networking opportunities and live Q&A sessions with the speakers. 
Port Fortis LLC was formed by leading industry experts across real estate development, technology, government and regulatory relations with the promise of reviving dormant piers in the United States to reinvigorate local economies, to create flourishing places for human connection and town-hall-like gathering places for the community. Combining the successful 40-year track record of innovative developer Youngwoo & Associates, the boundary breaking technology of Red Bison and the regulatory expertise of the former Chief, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lieutenant General Bob VanAntwerp, Port Fortis LLC intends to create technologically advanced mixed use and sustainable development projects that catalyze local economic growth providing jobs and tax revenues and serving as new types of town squares for commerce and community.
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
International Women’s Day, held March 8, challenges the world to ‘Choose to Change’ and celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality. AAPA joined the call to action and proudly celebrates the courageous female leaders in the port industry who account for 12% of Western Hemisphere port CEOs. Be sure to watch Port Saint John's video message on women's empowerment.
It is with a heavy heart that AAPA shares the unexpected and sudden loss of Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, CEO of ECOncrete. A female entrepreneur in STEM, Shimrit’s vision and legacy will long inspire, including her encouraging words in a recent Forbes interview: "Go with your passion, no matter what. Go study, knowledge is power, and use it to make a positive change in this fragile world.” AAPA and staff offer their heartfelt condolences to all who knew and loved Shimrit as they navigate through this difficult time.
The Port of Québec announced its plans to develop a new urban park in the Baie de Beauport sector. The project, estimated at over $2 million, will complement other community recreational and tourism developments announced as part of the Laurentia project. Several hundred trees and shrubs will be planted to green the recreational and tourist zone, and help improve air quality in the surrounding neighborhoods.
The Port of Iberia held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially kick off the Acadiana to Gulf of Mexico Access Channel Project. The project will deepen the channel to 16 feet from the port to the Gulf of Mexico via the Intracoastal Canal.
Skyline Steel, LLC
Building materials company and port tenant CEMEX USA announced it is making improvements to its cement terminal at the Port of Palm Beach as part of the process to recommission the operation, which has been inactive for more than 13 years, and further strengthen its supply chain to service its Florida customers.
Officials from the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Nagoya, Japan, gathered for a virtual conference to discuss collaboration on environmental and sustainability project priorities shared by the sister ports. The two international trade gateways approved a Memorandum of Understanding last year to cooperate and share information more regularly on environmentally related issues. The Port of Vancouver USA introduced its Climate Action Plan webpage, which supports the current work to identify specific actions to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In addition to announcing the webpage, the port is inviting the community to share suggestions and ideas for actions to reduce GHGs.
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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A 'Topping-Out' ceremony celebrated Wharton-Smith Construction Group’s completion of the Roger F. Wicker Center for Ocean Enterprise located near the Port of Gulfport’s North Harbor site. The Center for Ocean Enterprise will encompass nearly 62,000 square feet and will include administrative offices, classrooms, laboratories and storage areas.
An unseasonable surge in cargo lifted the Port of Long Beach to its busiest February on record. Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 771,735 TEUs in February, a 43.3% uptick from the same month last year, the largest year-over-year increase for a single month in the port’s 110-year history. PortMiami processed 113,835 TEUs in January 2021, an increase of 21.02% from the 94,064 TEUs processed in January 2020, the most active month ever recorded.
Green Marine
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Public & Government Relations Manager, Port Hueneme, CA; Port of Hueneme

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

, 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