AAPA Seaports Advisory
March 25, 2021
AAPA and the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE) are excited to present the two-part course Marine Terminal Management Training (MTMT). This course will be held in a hybrid manner, with a virtual training session April 19-22 and in-person training June 28-30. While Professional Port Management (PPM®) program students are REQUIRED to complete this course, it is open to everyone. Register here.
Port of Brownsville Update on KURV’s Radio Show
Texas leads the nation in total U.S. exports. As a thriving bulk and break bulk commodity port, the Port of Brownsville Director and CEO Eduardo A. Campirano gives an update on the port’s economic impact to the state on KURV’s radio show The Valley’s Morning News with Sergio Sanchez and Tim Sullivan. Campirano shares insights about cargo, growing container-on-barge service, ship recycling, and other important topics. For more, listen to the conversation here.
The Mississippi State Port Authority Board of Commissioners has named Jon Nass the new CEO and executive director of the Port of Gulfport, following a national search led by Tim McNamara, head of Odgers Berndtson’s Transportation and Infrastructure Practice in Washington, D.C. The Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District welcomed Matthew Glover as its newest commissioner during the Governing Board’s March meeting. Glover replaces former Commissioner Timothy Matthews, Sr. The Panama City Port Authority has selected Alex King to serve as its next port director beginning June 1. King will be replacing Wayne Stubbs, who is retiring after serving as the port’s executive director for 20 years.
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
The Port of Tacoma, Port of Seattle, The Northwest Seaport Alliance, and Vancouver Fraser Port Authority are working on a collaborative vision to phase out air and greenhouse gas emissions from seaport-related activities in the region by 2050. A virtual community briefing will be held April 14 to share their strategy to help limit global temperature rise to 1.5° Celsius.
Port Everglades staff and community leaders joined together to commission three new super-post-panamax gantry cranes during a live-streamed ribbon cutting ceremony. “We are adding new cargo berths, deepening and widening our waterways, expanding our cargo and rail capacity all while paying close attention to the needs of our fragile environment,” said Chief Executive and Port Director Jonathan Daniels. Watch a recording of the crane commissioning ceremony (ribbon-cutting starts at 31:36). The tallest cranes in North America are now part of the skyline at the Port of Oakland. “These new cranes at Oakland are going to make a significant difference in the ability to handle cargo more efficiently” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director Bryan Brandes. See the time lapse video “Building Giant Cranes” to watch the assembly of one of the cranes.
Skyline Steel, LLC
Just as many of us are adjusting to a new type of normal, ports are as well. But, they are also taking this opportunity to reimagine what opportunities will present themselves in the future and are adjusting plans accordingly.
The Q1 2021 Seaports Magazine features take a look at what ports have done over the past year to ensure their missions are accomplished – including some tips on how they overcame challenges. Also, read about how working together is assisting ports with their dredging operations and goals. Another feature delves into the changing face of the port industry and the COVID-19 recovery phase. Finally, for some truly technical reading, check out the guide to grants.
The digital issue is available as a duplicate of the print copy (a page view) and also in a mobile friendly reading view.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan visited the Port of Baltimore for a firsthand look at dredging work underway to create a second 50-foot-deep berth that will allow the port to accommodate two ultra-large ships simultaneously. Governor Hogan hailed the project at the port’s Seagirt Marine Terminal as critical to Maryland’s economic and job growth.
The Port of Hueneme welcomed the first of two cutting-edge, energy efficient Del Monte vessels to the port last week. The ships’ arrival marks a new chapter in environmental partnership, continuing the port’s mission to be the cleanest, greenest, most efficient port possible.
The Hawaii Department of Transportation – Harbors Division announced the completion of the Kapalama Container Terminal (KCT) Phase 1 and groundbreaking on Phase 2 of the Harbor Modernization Program. This marks a major milestone for the project designed to improve cargo handling capabilities at the hub of Hawaii’s commercial harbor system.
St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District announced American Sugar Refining, Inc. (ASR), owner of the Domino® Sugar Chalmette Refinery, signed a 10-year lease for an 80,000 square-foot warehouse facility at the port’s Chalmette Terminal. The two-part, $4 million project is slated to be complete and operational by 2022.
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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Green Marine
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Ever wonder what goes on at AAPA behind the scenes? Wonder no more! Here are some of the newsworthy events that took place recently and were highlighted in the Behind the Scenes section of AAPA's Seaports Magazine. From filling two open positions to unveiling a new logo to releasing both the 2021 Directory and the Smart Guide, the beginning of 2021 has been a busy time at AAPA.
The Port of Oakland reported a surge in import volume in February, up 26.2% compared to the same month in 2020. Oakland welcomed the news after supply chain disruption elsewhere drove its January import totals down nearly 12%.
Senior Engineer, St. Croix/St. Thomas, USVI; Virgin Islands Port Authority

Human Resources Manager, Longview, WA; Port of Longview

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

Executive Director, New Bedford, MA; New Bedford Port 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
Apr 2021
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Apr 2021
Ports of Indiana Case Study: 3 Things Data Taught Us About Building Constituent Awareness
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Apr 2021
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South Jersey Port Corporation
Northsouth GIS LLC