AAPA Seaports Advisory
May 13, 2021
Has your port implemented an innovative new program with substantial positive impact? AAPA encourages ports to submit nominations for their accomplishments in the AAPA Lighthouse Awards program. AAPA's mission is to recognize ports' leadership in advancing and inspiring the port industry. The AAPA Lighthouse Awards acknowledge excellence in four disciplines: Communications, Environmental Improvement, Information Technology, and Facilities Engineering.

Submit your project entries today! Access the application submission portals online.
A few things to remember when applying:
  • June 1, 2021, is the deadline to submit all Lighhouse Awards category entries to be considered.
  • Be sure to present a comprehensive submission. Upload all the required and supplemental information to tell the full story of your nomination to the judges.
  • Explain metrics measuring the success of your new program. Having demonstrable results is important to scoring.
  • Showcase your accomplishments by sending in the required PowerPoint template.
Allowable projects are those that were completed up to 24 months prior to the June 1 entry deadline. Previously entered submissions and any projects older than 24 months are not eligible for judging in the 2021 competition.
AAPA's President and CEO Chris Connor testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight, and Ports yesterday. During the hearing on Freight Mobility: Strengthening America’s Supply Chains and Competitiveness, Connor urged the Subcommittee leaders to support robust federal investment for port infrastructure projects to ensure the U.S. supply chain remains strong and globally competitive. View a video clip of yesterday's testimony.
Join AAPA and Industrial Defender for a webinar titled How to Navigate Operational Technology (OT) Cybersecurity in Port Environments on June 15 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Increasing digitalization and connectivity in ports has exposed critical safety and operational systems to new cyber threats. With systems such as cranes, video cameras, and physical access controls now being connected to the organization’s network infrastructure, or even to the cloud, they are more vulnerable than ever. The potential impacts of a disruption from a cyberattack at a port could affect not only the supply chain, but also the safety and security of people on the property.

Learn more about the current cyber risk landscape facing port security teams and what to do about it. The webinar will address:
  • Complexities of connected OT systems and their cybersecurity needs,
  • Importance of asset management and threat detection in heterogeneous maritime environments,
  • Emerging cybersecurity compliance standards for ports and risk management considerations, and
  • OT cybersecurity recommendations for port environments.
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka met with the membership of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Locals 13, 63 and 94 to thank the dockworkers, clerks, and foremen for their unwavering commitment to processing the nation’s essential cargo throughout the challenges of the pandemic.
On May 16, the Port of Brownsville will commemorate its 85th anniversary. The Brownsville Navigation District began operations in 1936 and in the early years, agricultural exports brought citrus fruits from local groves and shipped Texas cotton across the ocean seas. Today the port has established itself as a dynamic center for intermodal transportation and industrial development. 
Northwest Seaport Alliance Co-Chairs Commissioners Fred Felleman and Dick Marzano issued a statement in response to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Modernization of Coast Guard Base Seattle and intent to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement regarding the proposed expansion. “As a public agency, we are committed to helping the USCG address the broad interests of the working waterfront in response to the proposed activities in proximity to Terminals 30 and 46 throughout the course of this review. These considerations should include possible impacts on existing maritime operations, the environment, tribal treaty rights, the public, and adjacent communities.”
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. 
Nonetheless, it is not advisable to allow your piles to get in such state of disrepair!

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Galveston Wharves announced that Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Prima would set sail from the Port of Galveston in fall 2022. This is the brand’s first new class of ships in nearly 10 years and the first-ever to sail from Galveston. The ship’s visit to Galveston, the only cruise port in Texas, is part of a larger effort to debut its newest ship in a number of major markets.
Port Tampa Bay will be hosting its 9th annual Hurricane Preparedness Exercise on May 19. The virtual meeting is open to the public. This year, there will be a presentation by the National Weather Service who will educate attendees on services and products that are available during the approach of a storm, what they are and how they can be used.
North Carolina Ports continues to expand its role as a global supply chain gateway by announcing that Sealand, a Maersk Company, is adding a weekly Port of Wilmington call to its NAE service. This provides North Carolina importers and exporters with a direct service between Wilmington, N.C., and key Central American and Caribbean ports.
Skyline Steel, LLC
Port Fourchon
The Port of Harlingen received a U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration (MARAD), Marine Highway Project Designation for the creation of a container-on-barge service. Port of Harlingen Board Chair Alan Johnson said, “This designation allows us access to funding to establish this service and expand the capabilities at our port that open up many new opportunities not only for us, but for Harlingen and the region to bring in industry looking for container on barge transport.”
One month ago, the first cargo ship – the M/V Westwood Columbia – arrived at the Port of Everett’s modernized South Terminal. Since then, the port has serviced five cargo vessels at the dock with more to come. This short video on the first ship to use the new cranes captures the positive economic impact this facility will have on the region.
Plaquemines Port and APM Terminals have announced an agreement to work together to discuss the future design of the Plaquemines Port Harbor and Terminal District (PPHTD), including the consideration of APM Terminals as the future terminal operator. The facility is in the early stages of development as a deep water, multi-modal, state-of-the-art container terminal in Plaquemines Parish, La. 
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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Port Saint John announced Port Days, a maritime and transportation industry conference with more than 60 years of history, will be held virtually this year on June 8. Community and business members interested in attending can view the full agenda and pre-register online. The conference is free to register.
The Port of Corpus Christi Authority announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Ares Infrastructure and Power Management with the intention of developing renewable energy infrastructure on port-owned property to support the production of green hydrogen and optionality to provide renewable power directly to the port and its customers.
PortMiami’s Shore Power Pilot Program has been allocated $2 million in federal funding through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant program. The pilot program is in partnership with Carnival Cruise Line at the new Cruise Terminal F.
Miami-Dade County (MDC) will receive bids for the North Cruise Boulevard Extension Phase III - Contract/Project No. 2017-035.03R until 2:00 p.m. EDT on June 7, 2021. MDC will hold a mandatory pre-bid conference at 10:00 a.m. EDT on May 17 at the PortMiami, Cruise Terminal E. Interested parties should read the Invitation to Bid in its entirety.
Green Marine
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Terminal Manager, South Boston, MA; Massachusetts Port Authority

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
Jun 2021
Jun 2021
Virtual Event
June 21-25
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Jun 2021
In-Person Event
June 28-30, Miami, FL
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Jul 2021
In-Person & Virtual Event
July 14-16, New York, NY
South Jersey Port Corporation
Northsouth GIS LLC