AAPA Seaports Advisory
September 2, 2021
AAPA is raising money for port authority staff and their families impacted by Hurricane Ida. Contributions to the Port Employees Emergency Relief Fund can be made through participation in the association’s golf tournament to be held September 26, 2021, in Austin, TX, and through direct donation. More information can be found on AAPA's Emergency Relief Fund webpage.

More than $20,000 has already been donated thanks to the Port of Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi, TX), Port Tampa Bay (Tampa, FL) and Georgia Ports Authority (Savannah, GA). The Texas Ports Association plans to raise additional funds through specialty gift baskets raffled off at the AAPA Annual Convention.

Created in 2005, the Port Employees Emergency Relief Fund provides assistance following natural disasters to port authority employees throughout the western hemisphere. These are often the much needed first-dollar aid received while an impacted individual is scrambling to provide for their family in terms of food, clothing, shelter, etc., prior to obtaining other support.
Great news for anyone not yet registered to attend AAPA's Annual Convention & Expo in Austin. Register by September 10 and be entered in a drawing for one of two dining gift cards to enjoy a free dinner at the JW Marriott’s Corner Restaurant or Burger Bar Congress. In addition, the hotel room group rate has been extended to September 10 for those not yet registered for the Annual Convention, September 26-29.

The Convention is only 21 days away and time will soon run out to secure a spot. AAPA wants to See You in Austin and is prepared to deliver this event safely. Plan now to join industry colleagues, hear from renowned C-suite speakers, meet industry solution partners and reconnect with the port industry. Register Here!
The Port of Bellingham announced the final day of the port’s emergency ferry service to Point Robert following the Canadian Government’s reopening of the United States-Canada border to non-essential travel. The port provided emergency ferry service to Point Roberts free-of-charge on San Juan Cruises' 100-foot vessel Salish Express for nearly a year.
The Port of Everett is adding a ‘wine walk’ opportunity and is recruiting new tenants to open up wine, beer and spirits tasting rooms along the port’s growing mixed-use destination waterfront known as Waterfront Place. The growing list of tenants includes a new lease with Woods Coffee slated to open in fall 2022, offering a highly desired drive-through at a new 5,000-square-foot building currently in design.
The Port of Corpus Christi and the Texas General Land Office (GLO) executed a Memorandum of Understanding stating their intention to co-develop a carbon dioxide (CO2) storage solution in the Coastal Bend in support of national decarbonization targets. This solution would involve infrastructure to transport and permanently store CO2 captured by various industrial target sources in the greater Port of Corpus Christi area.
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The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) Board of Governors awarded a contract to Eleven Construction to repair the south tender landing pier at the Ann E. Abramson Marine Facility in Frederiksted, St. Croix. VIPA Executive Director Carlton Dowe thanked Governor Albert Bryan Jr. who appropriated the $2.5 million to fund the construction costs and the 34th Legislature for passing Act #8447 which approved the funding for the pier repair.
The Port of Saguenay's $66 million transportation infrastructure project will receive investments of over $33 million through the Government of Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund and up to $33 million from the Government of Quebec. The project includes installing an electric mechanized transport system – also known as a conveyor – linking the industrial zone and the railway facilities at the Grande-Anse maritime terminal to transport bulk materials at the port.
The Port of San Diego announced the promotion of Karen Porteous to executive vice president and chief of staff within its Executive Leadership Group. Previously, as the port’s vice president and chief administrative officer, Porteous was accountable for Human Resources, People and Organizational Development, Office of the District Clerk, and Information Technology (including the chief technology officer and the chief security officer). Her private sector experience includes more than 13 years working in the human resources field for H.J. Heinz Corporation and Raytheon Service Company.
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Port of New Orleans
In the next issue of Seaports Magazine, we want to recognize some of the people who work in the industry – but haven't necessarily earned any awards for their accomplishments or had a spotlight pointed in their direction. Ports need a team of competent employees in order to achieve their goals – but sometimes there is one person that stands out just a little more when it comes to what he/she contributes. Can you think of someone at your port who is in that category? If so, send us some details and why you think they are a good fit so we can follow up and potentially include him/her in the next issue of the magazine. Note: While geared more toward AAPA member port employees, we welcome submissions from any AAPA member. Send to Shani Calvo, shani@naylor.com no later than Sept. 24.
The Port of New Orleans Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a contract for Program Management and Program Control Services to HDR Engineering, Inc., a global engineering and consulting firm, as part of the multi-year due diligence and permitting process for the new Louisiana International Terminal (LIT) container facility in St. Bernard Parish. Progress on the container terminal project to date includes land acquisition, initiation of the permitting process, an award to AECOM for preliminary design and permitting support in July, and ongoing engagement with industry and community stakeholders.
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Just under six months after breaking ground, the new PhilaPort Distribution Center reached a new high point in its construction. Last week, a Beam Signing and Topping Off Ceremony celebrated the placement of the top piece of steel in the new structure underway. “This warehouse is a major step to maximizing the cargo throughput of the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal and will generate hundreds of good, family-sustaining jobs,” said PhilaPort Executive Director and CEO Jeff Theobald. 
Top transportation officials learned what it takes to maintain the Port of Oakland’s international trade status – collaboration and transparency. That’s what port executives discussed with Federal Maritime Commissioner Carl W. Bentzel and California State Transportation Agency Secretary David S. Kim, when the pair joined nearly two dozen shipping leaders for a roundtable on Oakland’s future as a global trade gateway on Monday.
Green Marine
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Chief of Design and Construction (Engineering), Corpus Christi, TX; The Port of Corpus Christi

Director of Cruise Operations & Development, Seattle, WA; Port of Seattle

Houston Ship Channel (HSC) Project Manager, Houston, TX; Port Houston

Channel Development Engineering & Planning Manager, Houston, TX; Port Houston

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

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

Senior Project Manager, San Diego, CA; SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments)

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