AAPA Seaports Advisory
May 6, 2021
June 1 is the deadline for AAPA’s Lighthouse Awards program. Annually, AAPA recognizes the best practices in the port industry through its annual awards program in several disciplines: Communications, Environmental Improvement, Information Technology, and Facilities Engineering. Award winners will be recognized during the AAPA Annual Convention & Expo, September 26-29, in Austin. Prepare your project entries now for the submission process.
In conjunction with United for Infrastructure Week, May 10-14, AAPA will be participating in and co-hosting events that showcase the importance of investing and enhancing the nation’s transportation infrastructure. AAPA President and CEO Chris Connor will testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight and Ports. The hearing will take place on May 11, at 2:30 p.m. EDT, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov. In addition, AAPA is co-hosting, along with the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS), a webinar on the importance of port infrastructure to the success of the Marine Transportation System on May 13 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. In addition to supporting these events, join AAPA on social media in championing America’s infrastructure @AAPA_Seaports @PortsUnited #LEADWITHINFRASTRUCTURE.
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Pasha Hawaii is one of the nation’s leading domestic ocean shipping companies serving Hawaii from the continental United States. The company operates a fleet of six fully Jones Act-qualified vessels out of multiple port terminals. Pasha Hawaii is a trusted partner for many of the nation’s leading retailers, manufacturers and U.S. government agencies, providing reliable containerized and roll-on/roll-off cargo services that leverage its unique combination of ocean transportation and inland distribution capabilities to deliver goods that are vital to the people of the state of Hawaii and the prosperity of the Hawaii market it serves. Pasha Hawaii is an independent operating subsidiary of The Pasha Group, a family-owned, third-generation diversified global logistics and transportation company that provides ocean transportation for containers and rolling stock between the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii; port processing services for finished and privately owned vehicles; stevedoring for vehicles, breakbulk and container cargos; auto hauling services with its truck fleet throughout the contiguous U.S.; domestic and international relocation services; and international logistics management for general commodity and project cargoes. Pasha operates facilities at the ports of San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA; Honolulu and Maui, HI; and Grays Harbor, WA.
Last week, in his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Biden outlined his budget and economic goals for the United States. He specifically mentioned the need for substantial port infrastructure investment included in his proposed American Jobs Plan currently being evaluated by Congress. In advocating for this transformative funding plan, President Biden stated, "(The American Jobs Plan) creates jobs to upgrade our transportation infrastructure; jobs modernizing our roads, bridges, highways; jobs building ports and airports, rail corridors, transit lines." Watch a clip of the speech here. AAPA applauds the president's championing the needs of ports.  AAPA will continue working with the Administration and a bipartisan supported bill to secure generational investments in the nation’s infrastructure so America can remain globally competitive. Ports are ready.
In a virtual hearing before the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Trade last week, Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach and AAPA chairman, and Paul Anderson, president and CEO of Port Tampa Bay, testified on behalf of the port industry on the need for federal investment in port infrastructure critical to ensuring American goods and materials reach the global marketplace. For more on the hearing,  Advancing U.S. Economic Competitiveness, Equity, and Sustainability, a video recording is available online.
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Four organizations – Reach Out Youth Organization (ROYO), YMCA, Special Olympics and the Falcons’ Boys Club – benefited from much needed financial donations courtesy of the Freeport Container Port (FCP). According to Hutchison Ports FCP officials, the donations represent the group’s ongoing corporate commitment to help strengthen the Grand Bahama communities and, by extension, be a part of the growth and development of an even better Bahamas.
The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore’s Dray Truck Replacement Program, which set a goal to replace 20 existing dray trucks with newer and cleaner models by Earth Day, April 22, 2021, accomplished that goal and, in the process, achieved the most successful quarter ever for replacements since the program began in 2008. 
The Port of Brownsville reported the tidal channel connecting the Bahia Grande tidal basin and the Brownsville Ship Channel will undergo major enhancements to increase tidal exchange and restore the Bahia Grande as a major fish, wildlife and waterfowl nursery. The $5 million project will widen the Gayman channel from 34 feet to 250 feet, deepen it to nine feet, and increase tidal exchange by a factor of 13x, restoring the area’s wildlife diversity for future generations.
The Georgia Ports Authority released fiscal year-to-date numbers (July-March) at the Georgia Foreign Trade Conference, showing record volumes of 3.9 million TEUs, an increase of 15%, and detailed a plan that expedites completion of more than 1.4 million additional TEUs of annual capacity. “I am proud of how our team has not only handled unprecedented cargo volume, but simultaneously advanced long-term capacity enhancements that existed only on paper into fully-funded projects that will begin coming online this September,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.
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By U.S. Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar (FL-27)
Restarting the cruise industry, with proper safety protocols in place, is an integral part of ensuring the massive trade and cargo operations continue to thrive to and from PortMiami – and the rest of the Western Hemisphere – as the cruise industry could help restore some of the fragile economies that are finally beginning to regain stability.
The Port of Corpus Christi Authority and Stabilis Solutions Inc., a leading provider of energy transition services, including hydrogen and liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling solutions, have entered into a partnership to facilitate the use of LNG as a marine fuel at the Port of Corpus Christi. LNG-powered vessels are becoming increasingly prominent amongst the world fleet, as LNG fuel benefits port customers in both efficiency and emissions reductions compared to diesel combustion engines.
Port Saint John announced Hapag Lloyd will begin a weekly container service on rotation from the Mediterranean to Saint John, New Brunswick. The first vessel of the new regular service, the Liverpool Express, will arrive on May 27. Inbound cargo will utilize the geographic and intermodal attributes of Port Saint John, particularly the Canadian Pacific service which offers a significant rail distance advantage into the U.S. Midwest.
The Port of New York and New Jersey marked another milestone as the seaport welcomed the MSC Virgo to Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT). Staff from the Port of New York and New Jersey presented the ship’s captain and crew with a commemorative plaque during a ceremony marking its arrival as the largest container ship to call at the terminal.
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Port Tampa Bay announced the appointment of Dennis Manelli, general counsel for Hendry Marine Industries, to the Port Tampa Bay Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Manelli was sworn in last month during Port Tampa Bay's board meeting.
Port of Palm Beach tenant Teeters Agency & Stevedoring is proving the company’s efficiency will save their customers money. In this video, the company’s stevedores use a super sack spreader bar, designed and built by one of the company’s owners, to unload 16 cement super sacks at one time.
The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) and the St. Tammany Corporation have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to grow trade, as well as to support existing and new business relationships for the benefit of the region and state of Louisiana.
The Port of Everett has issued a Request for Bids for its Norton Terminal Preload and Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) 3rd Interim Action project. This work represents the first phase of development under the port’s $36 million Mills to Maritime initiative, funded in part by a federal BUILD grant.
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