AAPA Seaports Advisory
August 26, 2021
A new opportunity for companies interested in exhibiting at the AAPA Annual Convention & Expo, September 26-29, is now available. A limited number of tabletop exhibit spaces are available and provide a unique opportunity for first-time exhibitors to get a feel for the exhibit hall and learn more about the benefit of exhibiting at an AAPA event. Tabletop exhibit details are available online, or contact Direna Cousins to reserve exhibit space.

The AAPA Annual Convention & Expo is drawing near. AAPA’s primary focus is to ensure the health and safety of attendees at this year’s Annual Convention. AAPA is taking steps to deliver this program safely and is continually monitoring CDC, state and local COVID-19 protocols.

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and receive a link to book your stay at the JW Marriott Austin, before the group hotel rates end. AAPA is eager to come together in person, learn from industry experts, hear the latest on trends and business solutions, and network with port industry partners. We'll see you in Austin!
As the U.S. Congress considers major infrastructure legislation, AAPA has continued advocating on behalf of member ports. AAPA’s message to Congress is that ports are ready to begin making vital improvements as soon as the necessary funding is available. AAPA’s coordinated social media campaign urges Congress to pass infrastructure legislation – including robust funding for port modernization – which will support America’s growth and prosperity.

AAPA has sent several letters to Congress outlining the needs of the port industry. The most recent letters have focused on the ‘reconciliation’ bill currently being developed. These letters (House letterSenate letter) detail why immediate and substantial funding for ports is critical in order to build 21st century American infrastructure. While the House plans for a vote in September, now is the time for members to remind their Congressional Delegations that ports have various, indispensable projects that would highly benefit from increased infrastructure investment.
NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) Federal Advisory Committee will hold a virtual public meeting conducted via webinar, September 1 from 12:45-5:30 p.m. and September 2 from 1:00-5:30 p.m. ET. The meeting will have two special sessions highlighting: 1) offshore wind energy and data sharing interests; and 2) the technology, operations and systems to support ocean surveying and mapping in less than 40 meters including lidar, satellite derived bathymetry, and multi-beam hydrographic surveys. There will be updates on NOS programs, as well as the ocean and coastal mapping implementation plans for NOMEC, the Alaska Coastal Mapping Strategy (ACMS), coastal resilience and data, and other topics. Additional details can be found on HSRP’s website.
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH®) is a national engineering firm that designs, investigates and rehabilitates structures, building enclosures and materials. Its award-winning work encompasses building, energy, civil/infrastructure, and science/defense projects in the United States, Canada and more than 30 additional countries.

T. Baker Smith, LLC (TBS) is a fully integrated, professional consulting firm committed to delivering successful project outcomes for its clients in the exploration and production, pipeline, industrial, public works and land development markets it serves. TBS' disciplined professionals serve as trusted advisors to its clients by engaging their challenges, framing innovative solutions and providing responsive service during all phases of project delivery. Headquartered in Houma, La., since 1913, TBS has office locations across the U.S. Gulf Coast with diverse project teams that include civil, structural, mechanical, coastal and environmental engineers; professional land surveyors; offshore surveyors; planners; environmental scientists; biologists; construction administrators; project representatives; and technical support personnel. TBS owns and maintains one of the largest fleets of work boats and all-terrain vehicles to get to the most remote work site locations.
In an interview by Eben Shapiro for Time Magazine’s The Leadership Brief, the executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, Gene Seroka, discusses the current U.S. trade imbalance and its impact on ports. He explained that “our biggest export is air,” with U.S. ports shipping back empty containers to Asia to be refilled for more imports. He further touched on the origins of this demand, as well as the role the pandemic has played in the trade imbalance, and other factors that are of top concern for ports, like climate change and cyberattacks. Read the full article here.
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) signed a feasibility cost sharing agreement (FCSA) with Port Tampa Bay to initiate a new study for Tampa Harbor. The study will focus on increasing the depth of the navigation channel and investigating alternatives to improve ship vessel navigation efficiency, reduce transportation costs and maintain safety in Tampa Harbor, reported the Corps. A public scoping meeting will be held within the first few months of the study, under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), to present the study scope and to solicit comments from the community, agencies and stakeholders.
Port of Palm Beach Board of Commissioners voted to waive wharfage charges for all relief supplies being shipped to Haiti and the port’s facilities and maintenance team built and donated crates that are being used to store donated cargo. Local companies continue to collect donations for earthquake survivors and are asking for tarps, tents, nonperishable food items, clothing and water.
Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) and CLEANCOR Energy Solutions LLC (CLEANCOR), a subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings Inc. (SEACOR), recently signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on ways to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling solutions to ship owners and operators within Port NOLA’s jurisdiction that would benefit from reduced environmental emissions.
Skyline Steel, LLC
Port of New Orleans
The Port of Long Beach ushered in the next era of environmentally sustainable operations with the completion of the Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) at Middle Harbor, one of the most technologically advanced cargo facilities in the world. Equipped with nearly all electric and zero-emissions equipment, LBCT is designed to strengthen competitiveness, improve cargo flow and dramatically enhance air quality amid an era of significant growth at the nation’s second-busiest seaport.
The Montréal Port Authority has announced the appointment of Mélanie Nadeau as vice president, public affairs and community relations. Through her 20 years of experience in corporate communications, Nadeau has honed a broad range of expertise, including the development and deployment of corporate communications plans, media relations, community outreach, communications and stakeholder engagement for infrastructure projects, and the management of communications campaigns.
A new petroleum and cement terminal at the Port of Alaska is expected to be in service by the end of the year. The $200 million Petroleum and Cement Terminal will replace the outdated Petroleum Oil Lubricants Terminal 1, the port's primary petroleum terminal.
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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PhilaPort handled a total of 66,087 TEUs in July, growing 28% compared to July 2020.  Year-to-date TEU volumes have improved 17% to 417,716 TEUs, with imports increasing 19% and exports up 15%. Auto volumes were 110,246 units, up 7% over YTD July 2021.
PortMiami announced Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has partnered with Miami-Dade County to make its new state-of-the-art Cruise Terminal B, the Pearl of Miami, shore-power ready by fall 2023. The terminal was designed with sustainability at the forefront and was constructed to LEED Gold standards for optimizing energy, water efficiency, air quality and utilization of local materials and resources.
The Port of Hueneme and its partners were awarded a $200,000 grant from the California Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Program that will help support the port’s “blueprint project” known as SPARC (Sustainable Power Advancement & Resiliency for our Community). SPARC charts a pathway to zero emission operations, which is the port’s overall long-term goal for air quality improvement and climate change adaptation.
Green Marine
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Vice President of Technical Services, Mobile, AL; Alabama State Port Authority

Aviation Chief Development Officer, Seattle, WA; Port of Seattle

Director of Finance, Philadelphia, PA; PhilaPort

Deputy Executive Director – Public Safety and Security at Los Angeles World Airports, Los Angeles, CA; Los Angeles World Airports

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

Harbor Director, Channel Islands, Ventura, CA; Ventura County Harbor Department

Senior Project Manager, San Diego, CA; SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments)
Sep 2021
Hosted by Commercial Development Company, Inc. (CDC)
Sep. 8 at 12:00 p.m. EDT
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Hosted by Spire Global
Sept. 15 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
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Sep 2021
Hosted by Docktech
Sep. 23 at 11:00 a.m. EDT
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Sept. 26-29, Austin, Texas
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Nov. 2-4, Savannah, GA
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Nov 2021
Nov. 15-19, Phoenix, AZ
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Dec 2021
Dec. 7-9, San Diego, CA
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