AAPA Seaports Advisory
October 14, 2021
On Wednesday afternoon, port and other supply chain leaders met with President Biden to discuss challenges currently faced by global logistics networks. Mario Cordero, AAPA chairman and executive director of the Port of Long Beach, and Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, attended the meeting along with executives from Wal-Mart, FedEx and UPS. As part of the meeting, the president announced that the Port of LA would begin 24/7 operations, in an effort to reduce cargo backlogs. This follows a similar announcement made earlier by the Port of Long Beach.

In public remarks after the meeting, President Biden touted the importance of the infrastructure bills currently being considered in Congress saying, “These bills will transform our ports. Billions of dollars for ports, highways, and rail systems... We're proposing to make the biggest investment in ports in our history."
In addition to their meeting at the White House, ports are reaching out to their representatives on Capitol Hill, pushing for Congress to pass much-needed infrastructure legislation that will go a long way to solving some of the supply chain challenges. Send a message to your representatives urging them to pass this legislation and provide over $11 billion in investments for ports.

As a reminder, AAPA’s Government Relations team has formed an Infrastructure Task Force to share intelligence, coordinate on legislative asks, and align on messaging as Congress continues to negotiate two massive infrastructure packages. The group meets monthly. To get involved with the task force, email Ian Gansler at igansler@aapa-ports.org (open to U.S. port members only).
Consorcio de Gestión del Puerto de Dock Sud is a non-state public entity with legal, financial, accounting and administrative responsibility for the operational management of the Port of Dock Sud in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

General Truck Parts® (GTP) is known in the industry as one of the nation’s largest suppliers of remanufactured and new transmissions, transfer cases, differentials, hydraulics, steering gears and parts. Its extensive inventory includes current as well as older/hard-to-find on- and off-highway models for light, medium and heavy-duty use. New transmissions, transfer cases and differentials are available for upgrade and new applications. All of GTPs transmissions are tested on its state-of-the-art dynamometer to ensure a problem-free installation. GTP has over 50 years of experience and is certified by top manufacturers such as Dana Spicer, Allison, Meritor, Kessler, Muncie, Permco and many more.

Telrepco is a fast-growing global technology company, providing Ruggedized mobile and computing solutions. Located in Wallingford, CT, with more than 20 years of selling and servicing Panasonic TOUGHBOOK’s and Ruggedized devices. Telrepco services the professional trades, transportation and logistics, military, law enforcement, fire, EMS, and many other industries. It is a Panasonic Diamond Prime Partner and an Authorized Repair Center that specializes in new and fully refurbished Panasonic TOUGHBOOKs, tablets, mobile printing, mobile routers, vehicle mounting solutions and more.

Ventura Group, headquartered in Bogotá, Colombia, offers comprehensive logistics solutions in the loading, unloading, storage, transportation and commercialization of bulk cargo (cereals, flour, fertilizers, chemicals), minerals, general and project cargo through four specialized sectors. Its extensive experience spans maritime terminals (Grupo Portuario), port operations (OPP Bulk), logistics and transportation (BGP, Reditus and Zol) and marketing (Seven Seas). It oversees the corporate social responsibility and environmental conservation programs of the Étikaverde Foundation.
New AAPA member Vizion will host a free webinar on Just in Time Visibility: Deliver the Most Intelligence to Every Operator from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT Wednesday, October 27. This webinar will explore the concept of how Vizion API Just in Time Visibility can better prepare ports and terminal operators to manage supply chain congestion. CEO and Co-Founder of Vizion API, Kyle Henderson, will discuss how Just in Time Visibility can deliver better intelligence to ports and terminal operators to anticipate and react to the growing congestion pain across the industry. Learn how Vizion APIs deliver reliable and standardized data through simple integration utilizing no code/low code or in-house solutions that can reduce latency in critical information for customers. Register Here.
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In a Maritime TV DigiMariner Virtual Video Webcast on September 24, the Port of New York and New Jersey’s Deputy Director Bethann Rooney and AAPA’s Vice President of Government Relations and General Counsel Cary Davis addressed the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and maritime professionals in a conference on digitalization and digitization of shipping. Rooney and Davis share insights from their unique perspectives on the COVID-related container shortage, port congestion and commerce challenges. Recordings of their presentations during the afternoon session can be viewed at https://www.maritimetv.com/Events/DigiMariner-IV.
AAPA has partnered with PortVision50, an organization that helps maritime stakeholders understand the technical and operational solutions available to the industry for achieving the goals of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) GHG Strategy.

Chris Connor, president and CEO of AAPA, and Margaret Kaigh Doyle, president and founding Board Member of PortVision50, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at AAPA’s Annual Convention last month. “PortVision50 (PV50) is dedicated to empowering the maritime industry to ensure seamless onboarding of the IMO regulations aimed at reducing GHG emissions with specific focus on ports and terminals in North America,” said Doyle.

Working with North American ports and other maritime stakeholders to understand the mix of technical, operational and innovative solutions applicable to cargo ships, PortVision50 is in full force to ensure that port infrastructure projects align with global projects supporting IMO GHG reduction targets for 2030 and 2050.
Skyline Steel, LLC
Port of New Orleans
With the departure of Mary Beth Long after more than two decades of exceptional service, AAPA has taken the opportunity to re-imagine its organizational structure to better support the key tenets of its mission:
  • World class seminars and events
  • Platinum standard professional development and accreditation programs
  • Accelerated membership and sponsorship growth
  • Forward-leaning federal advocacy
In line with the ambition to enhance its executional capabilities across the above spectrum, AAPA is pleased to announce the following organizational changes effective immediately:
  • Cary Davis is promoted to Vice President, Government Relations and General Counsel. Reporting to Cary will be Jim Walker, Derek Miller, Ian Gansler, and a soon-to-be-recruited Manager of Strategic Advocacy position.
  • Marketing and Communications will be folded under Kevin Traver and his newly retitled position of Vice President, Business Development.
  • Jen Wilk has a new title, Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing, and will now report to Kevin. She will focus her skills and experience on building out AAPA’s brand projection, actively supporting membership recruitment and engagement efforts, and driving event marketing and other association offerings.
  • Renita Gross is promoted to Director, Event Planning and Data Operations. In this elevated role, Renita will also continue to oversee AAPA’s database and reports to Kevin Traver.
  • Devin Stubbs is promoted to Manager, Professional and Workforce Development. In this capacity, Devin will oversee AAPA’s certification and accreditation programs, partnerships with IAMPE and Lamar University, the DOL ACCELerate grant program, and act as staff liaison to the Professional Development Board and will report to Chris Connor.
The Port of Beaumont announced the passing of longtime Port Commissioner Lee E. Smith on October 12 at the age of 79. Smith, first appointed to represent Ward 3 in 2002, was elected board president in 2018, becoming the first African American to hold the office. During his two-year term as board president, Smith oversaw the start of construction on the port’s new $80 million Main Street Terminal 1, and was at the port’s helm during two record fiscal years and when the port was awarded an $18 million Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant in 2019. “Lee was a tremendous asset to the Port of Beaumont,” said Port Director and CEO Chris Fisher. “Not only did he recognize the port’s growth potential and value in the national economy, but he was also a champion for the port in the local community.”
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Container volume through the Port of Mobile marked its third highest level in September, delivering a 27% year-to-date increase over the same period last year. Refrigerated containers posted the second highest volumes in 2021 growing by 46.7% compared to the same period in 2020. Cargo volumes remained strong at the Port of New York and New Jersey in August with 42,370 autos moving through the port, an 11.8% increase compared to August 2020. Auto volume from January through August was 28.1% greater than in the same period of 2020.  
Japanese shipping giant Ocean Network Express (ONE) is restoring a key Asia-U.S. trade route at the Port of Oakland. The world’s sixth-largest container carrier brings its PS5 service back to Oakland beginning November 13, the port said. The service connects the U.S. West Coast with ports in Tokyo and China and follows a Shanghai, Ningbo, Los Angeles, Oakland, Tokyo and Shanghai route.
Green Marine
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Lead Risk Management Analyst, Corpus Christi, TX; Port Corpus Christi Authority

Marine Terminal Superintendent – Security & Safety, Aberdeen, WA; Port of Grays Harbor

Port Maintenance & Construction Supervisor
, Oakland, CA; Port of Oakland

Media / Public Relations Manager, Oakland, CA; Port of Oakland

Human Resources Manager, Stockton, CA; Port of Stockton

Director of Policy & External Affairs, New Bedford, MA; New Bedford Port Authority

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
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