AAPA Seaports Advisory
April 22, 2021
 
   
As you make plans to attend the AAPA 2021 Annual Convention & Expo to be held September 26-29 in Austin, Texas we encourage you to consider expanding your experience to take in even more of what the “Lone Star State” has to offer. Plan your full Convention travel experience today. Enjoy historical sites, beaches, sporting events, state parks, and western rodeo adventures. Discover all that Texas has to offer, and visit our AAPA Annual Convention website today at www.aapaaustin2021.org.
 
If you are planning to register five or more attendees for the Annual Convention, make sure you check out the exclusive Ports Day group discount AAPA is offering for the Convention in April! Visit the Ports Day Membership Center for more info.
 
 
   
Join us in New York City, N.Y. July 14-16 to learn industry-specific practices to improve security for your seaport! Take a closer look at securing America's ports from the inside out including a special focus on supply chain security and cybersecurity. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with other port security experts from around the country and meet with innovative security solution providers. Visit our Port Security Seminar & Expo event webpage to register and for additional information.
 
 
   
Brasil Export is a consultancy and assistance company for the development of competencies in logistics, transport and foreign trade for private companies, public and government organizations and private or public institutions with a bank of speakers with technical vision in various segments of integrated logistic approach.
 
Nokia
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
 
   
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. NearshoreNetworks is an AAPA Member focused on global maritime services with a team of engineers constantly vetting new technologies searching for operational efficiency and safety improvement for maritime port and fleet operators. Researching various weather tools available revealed the accuracy and response effectiveness has remained unimproved for years. NearshoreNetworks introduces Tomorrow.io in this educational webinar as changing the way we plan for and respond to weather to impact productivity, safety and action that AAPA members should know about.
 
 
   
Paul G. Aucoin, executive director of the Port of South Louisiana (Port SL) has been announced as the recipient of the 2021 C. Alvin Bertel Award. This award is administered by the World Trade Center New Orleans. 
 
The Bertel award is presented each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to the Louisiana port and maritime community. Aucoin is the leader of America’ leading grain exporting port district and home of the premier sea gateway for U.S. export and import traffic. Aucoin manages the vision of the port while working closely with his commissioners and leadership team to ensure a strong and cohesive organization.  
 
“I am very honored to have been selected for the 2021 C. Alvin Bertel,” said Aucoin. “My relationship with the maritime industry and its members has been very special. Both have provided me with a lifetime of friendships, experiences and the chance to make a difference for the home that we call Louisiana. A sincere thanks to the Port of South Louisiana Commissioners, my industry colleagues, and to our wonderful port team members that make the Port of South Louisiana great.”  
 
 
   
Hidrovias do Brasil has signed a contract with the Brazilian shipyard Belov Engeharia. See the copy below from a post on their LinkedIn page, speading the excitement about the announcement!
 
"In line with our commitment to evolve with socioenvironmental responsibility, we announced the signing of a contract with the Brazilian shipyard Belov Engenharia for the construction of the world's first electric maneuver pushers.
 
With an innovative and pioneering engineering project, the two new pushers will avoid the emission of up to 2,168 tons of CO2 per year, equivalent to the consumption of 472 cars! They will be ready to operate from 2022.
 
This is another important project that unites innovation and sustainability, bringing better solutions for our customers and society!” – Hidrovias do Brasil
 
Innovative Sheet Pile/Seawall Repair System
PileMedic by QuakeWrap®
PileMedic® by QuakeWrap has just received a U.S. Patent for its Sheet Pile Repair (SPiRe®) system.   Developed by Professor Mo Ehsani, these lightweight, rigid Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) panels are used to create an impervious wall in front of the deteriorated seawall or bulkhead.   The annular space between  the wall and the panels is filled with concrete or grout. 
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The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) has opened applications for its Clean Truck Replacement Incentive Program (Clean TRIP), which gives drayage truck and fleet owners who serve Port NOLA an opportunity to voluntarily replace older, inefficient drayage trucks with cleaner models. This is the third round of funding since the program began in 2016.
 
Qualified drayage truck owners interested in participating can learn more and find application information at cleantrip-portno.com. Printed copies of the application are also available at the Clarence Henry Truckway Circle Building and at the Port NOLA Administration Building, 1350 Port of New Orleans Place. The port expects to replace a minimum of 34 trucks with this round of grant funding.
 
 
   
The Port of Redwood City, specifically Kristine Zortman, the executive director of the port, joined the American School of Public Service host and founder, Shahriar Afshar, to discuss the latest projects happening at the port, lessons learned and what's ahead for this small but critical port, one of 11 ports in California.
 
The Port of Everett and NorthPoint Development, LLC have entered into a memorandum of understanding, affirming a joint intent to expand existing collaboration efforts to support recruitment of new businesses to NorthPoint properties within the Cascade Industrial Center (CIC), and effectively, grow maritime trade and jobs at the port.
 
NorthPoint Development is a privately held, Kansas City-based industrial developer that has developed more industrial space than any other single developer in the U.S. over the last five years. The company is currently investing more than a billion private dollars to develop Cascade Business Park — a new 4.1-million-square-foot light industrial facility for distribution and manufacturing on its 426-acre site situated within the CIC, half of which falls within the City of Arlington and the other half in the City of Marysville.
 
Skyline Steel, LLC
 
   
If change brings opportunity, then seaports have a remarkable year ahead of them. After adjusting to multiple stressors that marred their carefully conceived strategic plans in 2020, including the worst public health crisis in a century, ports are now deploying and fine-tuning innovative solutions. While the transportation system has been wholly stricken by the pandemic, seaports continue to keep goods moving, with a view to a progressive 2021.
 
 
   
The Port of Duluth will be welcoming its first oceangoing vessel of the 2021 maritime shipping season on Sunday afternoon, likely by 3 p.m.
 
Federal Biscay, a 656-foot bulk carrier owned by Montréal-based Fednav, will earn the First Ship distinction, completing the season’s first full transit of the St. Lawrence Seaway en route to the Great Lakes’ westernmost port. By tradition, this first full transit marks the annual opening of the Duluth-Superior Harbor, although the interlake season began with the Soo Locks’ opening on March 24.
 
 
   
 
The Port of Savannah handled an all-time record of nearly 500,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units in March, an increase of more than 48 percent, or 162,275 TEUs, compared to the same month in 2020.
 
“Every new container that moves through the Port of Savannah means new jobs for Georgia,” said Gov. Brian Kemp. “The port and the entire logistics community continue to serve as an economic engine for Coastal Georgia and the entire state as we accelerate our economic recovery in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. This record-setting month proves that Georgia is open for business!”
 
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 multi-year effort by the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) to modernize and expand Conley Container Terminal marks a major milestone — three new low profile Neo-Panamax cranes have begun their journey to Boston on a ship from Shanghai, China. The cranes will arrive at Conley Terminal this summer and will be operational this fall. These cranes, along with a new berth and a deepened Boston Harbor, enable Boston to handle larger ships, more New England importers and exporters to connect with the global marketplace, and facilitate future growth at Conley Terminal.
 
Two of the cranes are 205 feet tall with a lifting height of 160 feet and can reach 22 container rows wide, and are the tallest low-profile cranes in the world. Another crane on the way is 145 feet tall with a lifting height of 100 feet. These new cranes will efficiently service larger container ships holding 12,000-14,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units). Larger cranes are needed due to the shipping industry’s shift toward larger vessels that hold more containers and the 2016 expansion of the Panama Canal to accommodate them. The journey from China to Boston will take approximately two months and the public can track the cranes’ location on the Port of Boston’s Twitter account: @PortofBos.
 
The Port of Los Angeles processed 957,599 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in March, a 113% leap compared to March 2020 when global trade slowed to a crawl at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was the strongest March in the Port’s 114-year history, its busiest first quarter and by far the largest monthly year-over-year increase. Year to date, overall cargo volume has increased 44% compared to 2020.
 
“As more Americans get vaccinated, businesses reopen and the economy strengthens, consumers continue to purchase goods at a dizzying pace,” said Port of Los Angeles executive director Gene Seroka. “I applaud our longshore labor force, truckers, terminal operators and supply chain partners who are working day and night to process the additional cargo.

“Collectively, we have been able to significantly reduce the amount of container vessels awaiting off shore,” added Seroka. “I’m also proud of the steady progress being made to vaccinate waterfront workers at the Port’s on-site location and elsewhere.”
 
Green Marine
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
 
Managing Director, Commercial Operations, Long Beach, CA; Port of Long Beach
 
Chief of Business Development, Everett, WA; Port of Everett
 
Deputy Port Director, Brownsville, TX; Port of Brownsville
 
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

Economic Development Manager, Albany, NY; Port of Albany

SVP, Deputy General Counsel and Group General Counsel, Reston, VA; Major, Lindsey & Africa
 
 
South Jersey Port Corporation
Northsouth GIS LLC