AAPA Seaports Advisory
August 12, 2021
Exhibitor and premier booth holder, McCarthy Building Companies, is looking forward to exhibiting in the Great Hall at this year’s AAPA Annual Convention & Expo, September 26-29 in Austin, TX. Hear from Fitz O'Donnell, senior vice president, and Jonathan Schmaltz, director of business development, about their upcoming participation in the convention.

With a host of exhibitors, immersive educational content, and nearly 200 attendees already registered from 35 ports and 17 other organizations, including presidents, CEOs, vice presidents, port directors, and other senior-level staff members, AAPA’s Annual Convention and Expo delivers an incredibly valuable and worthwhile experience, no matter your goals. Register today to secure your spot and reserve a hotel room. Group rates expire soon. And don't miss AAPA's inaugural golf tournament on Sunday, September 26, 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. For Sponsorship Opportunities, contact Kevin Traver. We'll see you in Austin!
AAPA’s government relations team and staff for U.S. Members of Congress journeyed to PhilaPort and the Port of Wilmington yesterday for exclusive behind-the-scenes tours. The delegation of Congressional PORTS Caucus staff had a first hand look at some of the ongoing infrastructure projects and unique perspectives at two of the nation’s top food ports. 
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
In a guest column for The Advocate, Paul Aucoin, executive director of the Port of South Louisiana, highlights the importance of passing a bipartisan infrastructure bill that supports ports and waterways improvements vital for America to succeed in the 21st century. Aucoin states, “America’s ports need repairs, improvements and updates. Freight volumes may double by 2045, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, leaving our maritime infrastructure in danger of lagging behind countries like China in terms of our ability to efficiently move freight and materials.” Read the full article online.
The Port of Corpus Christi and Howard Midstream Energy Partners, LLC (Howard/HEP) have reached an agreement with a goal to convert Howard’s Javelina refinery services facility into the region’s first carbon-neutral hydrogen production facility. “To the extent that our identity as the leading export gateway for U.S. produced hydrocarbons has been solidified, we see an elegant symmetry in the prospect of becoming the nation’s premier hub for carbon management,” said Jeff Pollack, chief strategy and sustainability officer for the Port of Corpus Christi.
The Port of Long Beach handled a record number of containers for the month of July, having moved 784,845 TEUs, a 4.2% increase from the same month a year ago. Imports increased slightly at 382,940 TEUs, a 1.6% increase, while exports decreased 20.7% year-over-year to 109,951 TEUs. The Port of New York and New Jersey’s streak of record-breaking volume continued in June. Total volume rose by 46.6% with 749,400 TEUs (415,813 lifts) in June compared to 511,306 TEUs (290,454 lifts) the previous year. This brings the port’s year through June total to 4,395,072 TEUs (2,440,039 lifts).
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With a newly established vision, “Health Equity for All,” representing the Port or San Diego's commitment to environmental justice and other changes made in response to feedback from the public and a broad range of stakeholders, the port invites the public to review and provide input on the Draft Revised Maritime Clean Air Strategy (MCAS). The transformational policy document will help the port identify future projects and initiatives to improve health through cleaner air around San Diego Bay.
The Port of Long Beach will hold workshops in August for qualifying local groups interested in applying for Community Grants Program funding to build solar energy projects or provide park space. The Community Grants Program is a more than $46 million effort designed to help those in the community who are most vulnerable to port-related impacts.
Plaquemines Port announced Wednesday that development partner LA23 Development Co. (LA23 Devco) has secured the site for a future container terminal. The deepwater, multimodal terminal will be capable of berthing 22,000-TEU ships. “Our development partners provide us the flexibility to leverage our opportunity with the private financing strategic elements of the project without asking the state of Louisiana for any funding of our $1 billion project,” stated Sandy Sanders, the port’s executive director.
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Port of New Orleans
Port Fourchon received federal funding approval for the Port Fourchon channel deepening project and annual operations and maintenance dredging of the federal channels at Port Fourchon. The U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved $1.5 million to begin the Port Fourchon Belle Pass Channel Deepening project and $6.185 million for yearly operations and maintenance dredging in the Energy and Water Development Appropriations legislation.
Coastal Trident, a program to support the Port of Hueneme and local response organizations' counter port and maritime threats, conducted exercises recently to sharpen the collaborative team’s response to emergency situations and to prepare for potential real-world disasters. “There is a real value in having everyone work together to test response times to emergency scenarios as well as improve upon the systems used to reinforce and enhance homeland security here at the Port of Hueneme,” said Kristin Decas, CEO and port director.
The Port of Corpus Christi expressed its support for the U.S. Senate’s amendment to the bipartisan infrastructure package that expands congressional designation of Interstate 14 on a corridor across Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. Sean Strawbridge, chief executive officer for the port said, “The Port of Corpus Christi, as one of this nation’s vital military strategic seaports, is pleased to see the value this will add to our nation’s military installations, while also providing increased efficiency and safety for freight mobility.”
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The Port of Brownsville proved resilient in 2020, moving a record-setting 11.6 million short tons of diverse cargo with operating revenues of $37 million. In a 2020 report issued by Moody’s Investor Services, the Port of Brownsville ranks third among U.S. ports for “strong financial resilience,” emphasizing the value, stability and advantages of being a landlord port in the face of a pandemic.
The Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) recently submitted an historic proposal to the Rhode Island Foundation’s Make it Happen: Investing for Rhode Island’s Future initiative that would make Narragansett Bay the center for the off-shore wind industry in the northeast United States. QDC’s proposal envisions investing federal infrastructure funds at Quonset’s Port of Davisville to preserve existing global port business, while positioning Rhode Island for economic growth and environmental stewardship presented by the off-shore wind industry.
The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) approved the Pacific Maritime Association's (PMA) lease to utilize Terminal 46 and Crane 80 for their new state-of-the-art longshore training facility. As cargo volumes increase, the 10-year PMA facility lease will ensure local longshore workers are trained in operation and safety measures that will serve the NWSA gateway.
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Electro-Mechanical Crane Technician I (Electrical Option), Baltimore, MD; Maryland Department of Transportation

Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Position, LaPlace, LA; Port of South Louisiana

President & CEO, Saint John, NB, Canada; Port Saint John

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
Nov. 2-4, Savannah, GA
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Nov 2021
Nov. 15-19, Phoenix, AZ
Nov 2021
Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Cartagena, Colombia
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Dec 2021
Dec. 7-9, San Diego, CA
South Jersey Port Corporation
Northsouth GIS LLC