AAPA Seaports Advisory
April 8, 2021
Plan now to join us in Austin for the 110th AAPA Annual Convention & Expo September 26-29, where port professionals, transportation leaders and industry influencers will gather in-person for the ultimate venue that empowers attendees with solutions and strategies to set the next milestones for their businesses and communities. Learn more about the convention’s high-level business program, speakers, networking forums, exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, golf fundraiser and the great city of Austin in this video recording, originally presented during the Spring Conference. For more information and to register for the 2021 Annual Convention & Expo, visit http://www.aapaAustin2021.org.
Ports Day 2021 was an incredibly successful effort! The maritime community came together to celebrate ports and their workforce for their dedication in these challenging times to propel economic recovery, maintain a safe and efficient flow of goods, and invest in workforce development for a better tomorrow. AAPA extends its warmest gratitude to its many members and industry partners for their impactful Ports Day posts. Highlights – including Georgia Ports Authority, Port of Hueneme, Port of Palm Beach, PhilaPort, Port of San Diego, GSP, Port of Vancouver USA, DCLI and more – can be viewed at #PortsDay21. Savings promotions for Ports Day continue through April for employers and job seekers in the AAPA Career Center. In addition, AAPA Membership is offering registration discounts for the Annual Convention & Expo and other exclusive deals when you join AAPA.
AAPA and the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE) will present the two-part Marine Terminal Management Training (MTMT) in a hybrid manner, with a virtual training session April 19-22 and in-person training June 28-30. Anyone involved in marine terminal operations at ports will want to attend this 4-day, intensive training course designed to give port professionals hands-on experience and the tools necessary to excel in the industry. Register here.
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
The Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII) will be hosting a webinar titled Building the Supply Chain Workforce of the Future: Bridging the Gap Between Next Generation Preparedness and Industry Requirements on Wednesday, April 28, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Addressing the real-world needs of the evolving transportation, logistics, and supply chain workforce, this webinar will bring together industry leaders and academic institutions to discuss the gap between graduate preparedness and industry expectations, looking at hiring requirements for today and the skillset needed for tomorrow. For additional details and to register, visit www.containerization.org/webinar.
The Northwest Ports of Vancouver, BC, Seattle and Tacoma and the combined container operations of The Northwest Seaport Alliance are jointly committing to a new vision to phase out emissions from seaport-related activities by 2050. In collaboration among the four ports, the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy seeks to meet this target through changes in equipment, fuels, and infrastructure, supporting cleaner air for local communities, and fulfilling the ports’ shared responsibility to help limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C.
Roger Rees, CEO and port director of the Port of Galveston, the fourth most popular cruise port in North America and the only cruise port in Texas, joined Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), major cruise lines and many others in calling for the CDC to lift the Conditional Sailing Order (CSO) and allow safe, sustainable phased cruising to begin in July.
PileMedic by QuakeWrap®
The patented PileMedic® system by Professor Mo Ehsani can restore the full capacity of steel, timber, and concrete piles regardless of the extent of damage and section loss.  It is made of lightweight, strong, and non-corroding Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) materials and is the only product tested and being used by the US Military worldwide. 
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The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted plans around the world. Ports, for instance, faced an array of challenges in 2020 that tested their resources in ways that were unprecedented – a series of vicious curve balls thrown at every aspect of their operations. However, ports responded with creativity and resolve to excel in the face of the pandemic and join the broader battles against the virus and its effects in their communities. Here are some of their stories.
The Port of Bellingham is now receiving 100% renewable energy for its Bellingham operations as part of Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) Green Direct program and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 86% annually. The Port of Stockton has been working to reach zero emissions by 2030 and has several programs already in place to be one of the cleanest ports in terms of percentage of zero-emission equipment.
Massport Board of Directors selected Eastern Salt, a local, family-owned business, to develop two parcels at the Massport Marine Terminal. Eastern’s vision for Parcels 7 and 8 is to create a multi-use bulk terminal that will complement its existing salt operation on Chelsea Creek and establish a new facility in Boston Harbor for receiving large and heavy bulk cargo.
Skyline Steel, LLC
The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) welcomed Wan Hai Lines' vessel Nasia, its first port of call as part of a new direct service to Seattle. Wan Hai Lines is among several carriers who have introduced new services calling the NWSA gateway in 2021 as a way to help mitigate congestion issues experienced at other ports.
Port Tampa Bay and Audubon Florida remind recreational boaters to be respectful of wildlife and keep a distance from the globally significant populations of migratory birds nesting and raising chicks on the port’s two dredge material management areas and spoil islands. “Port Tampa Bay takes our role as an environmental leader seriously and remains deeply committed to the protection of the thousands of migratory nesting birds who make our spoil islands their home each summer. We encourage everyone to do their part to uphold the health and vitality of the waters around Tampa Bay and the species that thrive there,” explained Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay president and CEO.
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 Port of Brownsville proved resilient amid a global pandemic and economic challenges with a record-setting 2020, moving 11.2 million short tons of diverse cargo with operating revenues of $41 million. The unaudited operating revenues eclipsed FY 2019’s high watermark of $25.4 million. The port also saw record levels of railcar movements at 51,115, marking a 24% increase from the 41,207 railcar movements recorded in 2019.
Port Freeport Executive Director and CEO Phyllis Saathoff recently participated in the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sector Houston-Galveston’s Women’s History Month event at the invitation of Sector Commander, Captain Jason Smith. Saathoff engaged in conversation with USCG members about her career and experiences as a woman in the maritime industry.
Green Marine
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Director of Information Technology, Corpus Christi, TX; The Port of Corpus Christi

General Manager, Portland, OR; TriMet

Multimedia Specialist, Corpus Christi, TX; Port Corpus Christi Authority

Director of Communications, Oakland, CA; Port of Oakland

Senior Engineer, St. Croix/St. Thomas, USVI; Virgin Islands Port Authority

Human Resources Manager, Longview, WA; Port of Longview

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

SVP, Deputy General Counsel and Group General Counsel, Reston, VA; Major, Lindsey & Africa
Apr 2021
The Future of Seaport Security and Safety Technology
3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT
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Apr 2021
April 19-22
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South Jersey Port Corporation
Northsouth GIS LLC