AAPA Seaports Advisory
August 5, 2021
Rod Koon, Port of Tacoma's senior manager of communications, is looking forward to the 110th AAPA Annual Convention & Expo, September 26-29 in Austin, Texas. To share a taste of this year’s Annual Convention and encourage you to join him in Austin, Rod has written an original song and performs Austin Just Might Set You Free!

The 2021 AAPA Annual Convention & Expo in Austin is the premiere maritime event of the year for the port industry. This year’s event will host an exclusive business program, opportunities to meet and network with colleagues, and enjoy all that Austin has to offer. Register today to secure your spot and reserve a hotel room. Group rates expire soon. Golfers of all levels are invited to join AAPA's inaugural golf tournament on Sunday, September 26, at the Wolfdancer Golf Club to benefit the Foundation for Seaports of the Americas.

Reserve an Exhibit Booth to showcase your products and services that support the maritime transportation industry. Download the Exhibitor Prospectus and contact Direna Cousins to finalize your booth today. To reserve a Sponsorship Opportunity, contact Kevin Traver. We'll see you in Austin!
Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach and AAPA chairman of the board, testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee hearing last week to kick off discussions for the next Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022. The hearing, titled Examining the Benefits of Investing in USACE Water Infrastructure Projects, provided insights to the state of the nation’s water infrastructure, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) role and WRDA, which authorizes the Corps navigation program to carry out federal navigation channel improvement projects. Watch a video recording of the proceedings and Chairman Cordero’s remarks (00:32:34) before Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), EPW Chairman, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), EPW Ranking Member, Committee Members and staff.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg toured the Port of Baltimore last week, as a massive bipartisan infrastructure bill moves through the legislative process. Secretary Buttigieg’s visit provided a first-hand view of the importance of federal funding in helping ports make infrastructure improvements, generate jobs and grow the economy. Secretary Buttigieg was joined by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, MD Transportation Secretary Greg Slater, Maryland Port Administration Executive Director William Doyle and Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott.
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
Commercial Development Company, Inc. (CDC) is leading North America in the acquisition and repositioning of environmentally challenged real estate assets. CDC has a vast acquisition and redevelopment portfolio throughout the United States and Canada – creating adaptive reuses for underutilized manufacturing plants, industrial parks, corporate campuses, quarries, landfills, retail centers, and environmentally impacted building and/or land sites. Its sustainable redevelopment projects have played a transformative role in bringing hundreds of North American sites out of blight and back to productive use.

Spire is a satellite powered data services and analytics provider that is focused on the collection of RF signals at a global scale in near real time. Spire designs, builds and operates an expanding constellation of 120 Cube-Satellites (and growing), a network of 32 ground stations, a real-time acquisition and processing system, and a cloud-based data distribution service. Leveraging its constellation, Spire offers a comprehensive set of maritime solutions which augment any system in use within ports and an optional unified intuitive dashboard capable of supplanting two, three, or more products typically in use within ports.

Squire Patton Boggs is one of the world’s strongest integrated law firms, providing insight at the point where law, business and government meet. It has one of the largest global footprints of any law firm, with 45 offices in 20 countries and a multidisciplinary team of more than 1,500 lawyers practicing law in 140 jurisdictions, speaking more than 40 languages. Its Transportation team provides a vast breadth of legal, regulatory and advocacy support. From legal issues on the high seas to helping to establish, update and fund ports and related infrastructure, it is fully entrenched in this diverse industry. Active on every major piece of transportation and infrastructure legislation for the past 30 years, its public policy know-how helps shape opportunities and regulations for our clients across the industry.

SSi (Safety & Security Instruction) provides safety and security training and regulatory compliance consulting services to ports, maritime and transportation colleagues. SSi has a collaborative approach to leverage its training development expertise and apply its knowledge, network, and insights to create solutions based on client needs. SSi’s highly experienced staff includes subject matter expertise from transportation and public safety to government agencies including DHS, FAA, & ICAO, to ensure its products and services meet the regulatory requirements. SSi provides an unrivaled selection of training development services for projects both large and small, including projects that require a WOSB or DBE certified vendor. Its cornerstone is exceptional customer service and performance.

Trimble is transforming the way the world works by delivering products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability.

Vizion is an API-based solution for ocean freight visibility. The company’s API helps logistics service providers, cargo owners, and other stakeholders act on their digital ambitions by integrating essential data and insights into existing enterprise systems and delivering a stronger customer experience. Vizion’s products include visibility APIs, data benchmarking, and enriched, accessible datasets built on fundamentally sound information technology infrastructures.

Windward's Predictive Intelligence Platform provides governments and security organizations with actionable predictive AI insights related to every entity in the maritime domain (vessels, companies, ports, etc). The platform supports the day-to-day work of those involved in the most critical aspects of national security, maritime intelligence, and border protection. Windward’s Predictive Intelligence solution uses advanced machine learning models to screen, search, analyze, link, and share dynamic maritime data, discovering anomalies and identifying potential risks for human evaluation.
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!

For engineering support and to learn more, click here!
PhilaPort’s Ed Henderson, senior director of finance and administration, is transitioning to the newly established position of senior director of business development and planning. While transitioning, he will continue his current responsibilities until a new director of finance is hired. In his new role, Henderson will focus on refining PhilaPort’s Master Plan, capital budget development, lease negotiations, and coordinating other strategic commercial issues.
The Port of Everett is soliciting construction bids for the next phase of commercial development at Fisherman’s Harbor – the first development district within the port’s 1.5-million-square-foot Waterfront Place mixed-use development. Visit the procurement portal for the full details.
Tropical Shipping and Construction, Ltd. and Crowley Caribbean Services LLC renewed their operational agreements with the Virgin Islands Port Authority and solidified their commitment to continue operations, provide financial investment and improve the ports serving the Virgin Islands. VIPA’s Board of Governors authorized Executive Director Carlton Dowe to approve the long-term lease agreements with both shipping companies
Skyline Steel, LLC
Port of New Orleans
Managing members of the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) voted this week to further environmental sustainability efforts by approving $560,000 to support the use of electric yard trucks in the Tacoma Harbor. Electric yard truck's zero-emissions technology are one element of the NWSA’s Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy to phase out emissions from seaport activities by 2050.
The Port of Palm Beach hosted three local fire departments for a joint fire rescue drill this week. The mutual aid drill included a hazmat response, technical rescue, and fire training involving shipping containers provided by Tropical Shipping. Watch a video of the live multi-agency training.
The Port of New York and New Jersey welcomed CAPE MAYOR, the first ship of Wan Hai Lines’ new service from Asia to the U.S. East Coast. The addition of this service provides better transit time and service coverage to meet growing consumer demand.
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 Tampa Bay President and CEO Paul Anderson has been named a finalist for the Apogee Awards. According to Tampa Bay Business and Wealth (TBBW), “The Apogee Awards is a unique awards program, created by TBBW magazine, to recognize distinguished c-suite leaders whose dedication to their industries and communities deserves particular recognition.”
Seafarers of all nationalities calling at the Port of Montréal can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, free of charge, through an initiative led by the Mariners' House of Montréal and the National Seafarers’ Welfare Board. More than 100 seafarers have been vaccinated through this collaborative effort.
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Port Engineer, Aberdeen, WA; Port of Grays Harbor

Director, Maritime Environment and Sustainability
, Seattle, WA; Port of Seattle

Director, Engineering, Camden, NJ; South Jersey Port Corporation

Manager, Project Management Services, Oakland, CA; Port of Oakland

Port Director, Santa Cruz, CA; Santa Cruz Port District

Port Engineering Manager, Anchorage, AK; Port of Alaska

United States Program Manager, Nationwide, Green Marine

Harbor Director, Channel Islands, Ventura, CA; Ventura County Harbor Department
Sep 2021
Sept. 26-29, Austin, Texas
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Nov 2021
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Dec 2021
Dec. 7-9, San Diego, CA
South Jersey Port Corporation
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