AAPA Seaports Advisory
April 15, 2021
Mark your calendars for the port industry’s foremost event of the year – the AAPA 2021 Annual Convention and Expo – to be held September 26-29 in Austin, TX.  Network with top professionals and learn about the latest trends and forecasts for the port industry and global trade. This event will be in person, and what better destination to enjoy than beautiful Austin? From unique food and live music to historic sites and outdoor adventures, check out the exciting experiences Austin has to offer in this video. Register for the Annual Convention & Expo today at www.aapaaustin2021.org
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AAPA and NearshoreNetworks will host a webinar on Weather Response Through A Single Source of Truth on Wednesday, May 5, at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Big data can drive an exponential increase in micro weather forecast accuracy as high as 95%. Fifteen-minute event windows can be predicted four days in advance as well as spontaneous events that will enable maximum preparedness in adverse condition situations. This same advance awareness enables an increase in productivity as well as maximizes a safe environment in ports.
In this webinar, presenters Bob Miltenberger, CEO, NearshoreNetworks, and Chris McDonald, director of Engagement Ports and Rail, Tomorrow.io (formerly ClimaCell), will discuss weather impact to ports and a revolutionary new tool that translates weather “big data” to optimize personnel safety, load productivity and vessel movement scheduling. Attendees will learn how this new tool, and its notification program, enables a new level of collaboration between ports, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Harbor Pilots Association.
The Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board of Commissioners elected officers for the fiscal year beginning April 1. Tony Sertich will serve as president, succeeding Rick Revoir, who remains a board member along with Ray Klosowski. Other officer appointments included Yvonne Prettner Solon as vice president, Patrick Boyle as secretary, Mike Jugovich as treasurer and Tyrone Walker as assistant treasurer. Port Milwaukee announced the appointment of Eric Polzin to the position of Harbor Master. In his new role, Polzin will oversee operations at port facilities and exercise regulatory and police powers over marine activity in the Milwaukee Harbor. The Port of Portland welcomes two new commissioners. Ketan Sampat and Stuart Strader replace commissioners Tom Tsuruta and Linda Pearce for the port’s Washington and Clackamas counties, respectively.
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The Port of Everett reached a milestone with the arrival of the M/V Westwood Columbia, the first cargo ship to call at the port’s newly modernized South Terminal. “This momentous occasion brings years of planning and $57 million in strategic capital investment to fruition,” Port of Everett Chief Operating Officer Carl Wollebek said.
The Port of Long Beach Community Grants Program has committed almost $3.7 million to two new projects expanding asthma services to vulnerable populations. The Prince Rupert Port Authority announced its support in the amount of $100,000 for the North Coast Health Improvement Society’s (NCHIS) Cancer Care Unit Upgrade through its Community Investment Fund.
The Port of Seattle continues to focus on equitable recovery initiatives, and its second annual Diversity in Contracting report presented to the commissioners provides a transparent and timely assessment of efforts to ensure equality in contracting opportunities. The 2020 report revealed progress despite challenges from the pandemic and makes recommendations for taking larger strides.
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The Port of Tacoma is proud to welcome its newest tenant, Silverback Marine, a full-service aluminum boat builder, who specializes in landing crafts, skiffs, offshore boats, barges, dredges and catamaran boats for maritime, government, commercial and recreational boaters.
The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration has renewed and expanded a voluntary Memorandum of Understanding with the Maryland Department of the Environment and Maryland Energy Administration to strengthen environmental initiatives at the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore’s state-owned, public marine terminals.
The Port of Hueneme continues to ensure financial stability and fiscal responsibility as the Board of Oxnard Harbor District Commissioners voted to fund another $500,000 to the District’s California Employers’ Retiree Benefit Trust (CERBT) account for their fiscal year ending June 30, 2021.
While each dredging project brings its own unique challenges, especially related to logistics, those who are in the midst of current dredging projects say there are a few ways to mitigate the disruptions and complete the project on time – or even early.
The Port of Québec has made significant improvements to the deepwater container terminal project, Laurentia, based on feedback received following a public consultation period during which citizens and interest groups provided input on the impact of the future terminal.
Port of Los Angeles’ development of the $70.8 million Wilmington Waterfront Promenade project is starting to take shape. Port officials recently visited the construction site to mark progress on the development, which broke ground this past October. Watch a video update of the construction in progress.
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Dockworkers and terminal operators at the Port of Long Beach moved 840,387 TEUs last month, a 62.3% jump from March 2020, marking the largest year-over-year increase for a single month at the port. Imports rose 74% to 408,172 TEUs, while exports declined 3.9% to 139,710 TEUs compared to March 2020. The Port of Oakland reported import and export cargo volume surged in the month of March. The port received the equivalent of 97,538 TEUs and 94,169 TEUs were shipped out for single-month records at the 94-year-old port. Imports were up 45% and exports gained 12% year-over-year.
The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a ground lease agreement for a mixed-use development at Terminal 1, the port’s 10-acre waterfront development along the Columbia River. As part of the port’s Master Plan, the development will be constructed to meet the port’s design and sustainability standards, which follow the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) framework.
A refreshed, informative and user-friendly experience awaits visitors at the Port of Grays Harbor’s website, portofgraysharbor.com, as port staff proudly unveiled its recently overhauled website to the Port Commissioners at this week’s Commission meeting.
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