AAPA Seaports Advisory
July 1, 2021
Early Bird Rates have been extended for the AAPA Port Security Seminar & Expo in New York City, July 14-16. Register now before the new deadline of July 2 to receive the special rates.

Security priorities for this year’s Port Security Seminar include human trafficking, a global crisis that affects all modes of transportation. Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST) is leading the charge against this tragic plight, working with ports and other groups to teach them how to spot and report suspected trafficking activities. Rebekah Covington from BEST will give attendees an updated picture of global trafficking and conduct BEST’s industry-leading training. In addition to in-depth cyber and other security threat intelligence discussions, networking sessions and a boat tour of the Port of New York and New Jersey, attendees will forge connections and gain deep industry security knowledge. The draft agenda is available online. Register now

Sponsorships and exhibit opportunities are still availabe for this event. Contact Meredith Martino to become a sponsor or Direna Cousins to reserve exhibit space. 
AAPA and the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE) ceremoniously signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) this week during Marine Terminal Management Training in Miami, Fla. The formal agreement announced last year expands educational opportunities for professional development in the port industry. Both associations have top-ranking certification programs for port and marine transportation personnel. This partnership provides program participants with the highest level, cost-effective training towards completion of their professional development credentials.
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
Innovative Technology Engineering (ITE) provides design, engineering and consulting services to the transportation industry in the areas of physical security systems, data networks, cyber-security, communications infrastructure, command and control centers, and radio dispatch.

Magnar™ provides an access control system that uniquely helps MTSA facilities improve security, safety and operational efficiency, while mitigating business, operational and compliance risk.
A new leader takes the helm at the Port of Pensacola. The City of Pensacola has selected Clark Merritt as the new port director, responsible for overseeing operations at the port including budgeting, tenant management and port development. Merritt replaces former port director Amy Miller, who now serves as deputy city administrator for the City of Pensacola. Merritt has served as the deputy port director since October 2019, after starting with the Port of Pensacola in 2013 as the port business development manager. 
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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The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority announced five new electric rail-mounted gantry cranes, purchased by DP World, will arrive on a heavy load carrier vessel at the Centerm terminal this week. Built in Shanghai, China, using the latest technology and innovation in crane construction, these cranes will be used to load containers onto rail cars within the terminal.
The Port of Hueneme celebrates the completion of its harbor deepening project, a milestone that has been in the works for more than two decades. Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) was acknowledged for securing federal funds for the port’s transportation projects. The port utilized a $12.3 million TIGER Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to deepen the harbor as well as other projects including upgrading the port’s facilities, pavement improvements and modernizing cargo-handling facilities.
PhilaPort has been selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation to receive a $49 million grant from the 2021 Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program. The grant funds will be used to provide gap funding for the development of a $130 million new multi-use berth at Southport.
Skyline Steel, LLC
The Port of Redwood City was recently featured in an article that highlights the progress on the ferry terminal project. For more details, see the full article in the San Mateo Daily Journal by staff Sierra Lopez.
Observers stationed atop shipping containers with observation decks keep watchful eyes on marine mammals during dock construction at the Port of Alaska. Construction work is stopped when threatened species are seen in the area, especially the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales. Loud noises from pile driving in particular could injure the hearing of these protected mammals.
The Port of Savannah handled 478,620 TEUs in May, an increase of 41.9% compared to last year. It was the second busiest month in the port’s history, and the 10th consecutive month of positive year-over-year growth. For the fiscal year to date (June through May), GPA has moved nearly 4.9 million TEUs, putting it on pace to surpass 5 million TEUs for the first time. Total cargo crossing all GPA docks reached 3.8 million tons last month, up 26%.
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 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a career opportunity for a Senior Staff Ports Initiative Position in the Office of Air and Radiation, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Transportation and Climate Division. The person selected for this vacancy will be integral in implementing the EPA Ports Initiative. EPA's Ports Initiative works in collaboration with the port and marine industry, communities and all levels of government to improve environmental performance and increase economic prosperity. Application instructions and requirements are detailed in the online job posting.
CT Strategies, an AAPA ISP member, has founded a new fellowship to support the education and professional development of the next generation of women in international trade. The CT Strategies Future Trade Leaders Fellowship provides fellows $8,000 in funding for undergraduate studies, mentorship opportunities and a paid summer internship at CT Strategies. Visit CT Stategies' fellowship webpage for more information and to apply.
Green Marine
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Manager – Business Development, Long Beach, CA; Port of Long Beach

Director of Engineering, St. Thomas or St. Croix, USVI; Virgin Islands Port Authority

Navigation Site Safety Health Officer, Portland, OR; Port of Portland

Director, Real Estate & Port Development, Stockton, CA; Port of Stockton

Senior Air Quality and Energy Specialist, Portland, OR; Port of Portland

Director of Finance, Riviera Beach, FL; Port of Palm Beach District 
Jul 2021
In-Person & Virtual Event
July 14-16, New York, NY
Sep 2021
Sept. 26-29, Austin, Texas
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South Jersey Port Corporation
Northsouth GIS LLC