AAPA Seaports Advisory
October 21, 2021
In honor of cybersecurity awareness month, AAPA is hosting – exclusively for members – a roundtable conversation with U.S. Coast Guard leadership on Tuesday, October 26, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT.  Participants will have the opportunity to hear from Rear Admiral John Mauger, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, and his team on the agency’s new Cyber Strategic Outlook and receive a briefing on emerging threats and best practices for mitigation.

To participate in this timely and important discussion, RSVP at info@aapa-ports.org to receive a meeting link. Contact AAPA’s Derek Miller for questions or additional information.
As Congressional Democrats continue to negotiate the contours of their budget reconciliation bill, AAPA’s Government Relations team is doing all it can to ensure funding for the port industry is included in the bill. In the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s reconciliation draft, offshore wind is listed as one of several priorities for the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP). AAPA has partnered with other associations in the maritime and offshore wind industry in a letter sent to Congressional Leadership advocating for $2.5 billion for PIDP. The letter to Congressional Leadership was also sent to the White House and U.S. Department of Transportation staff. AAPA encourages member ports to send this letter to their Congressional Delegation and urge that $2.5 billion for PIDP must stay in the bill. Contact AAPA government relations associate Ian Gansler with any questions.
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This week, AAPA’s Board of Directors appointed Lisa Lefeber, CEO/Executive Director of the Port of Everett, to fill the vacant at-large position on the association’s Board of Directors. Lefeber started at the Port of Everett in 2005 and was named the port’s first female CEO. She recently earned her certification in AAPA’s Professional Port Management (PPM) Program and was recognized for her thesis project: Shifting from White to Blue: Strategic Roadmap for Port Infrastructure Supporting the U.S. Arctic during the graduation ceremony held last month at AAPA’s Annual Convention.

The full slate of AAPA Board of Directors includes newly appointed Lefeber along with those installed during the Annual Convention to serve a two-year term:

U.S. North Pacific Ports Region: Julianna Marler, CEO, Port of Vancouver USA
U.S. Great Lakes Ports Region: Vanta Coda, CEO, Ports of Indiana
U.S. North Atlantic Ports Region: Richard Hendrick, CEO, Albany Port District Commission
Max Dues Payers Delegation: Sean Strawbridge, CEO, Port Corpus Christi
At-Large: Lisa Lefeber, CEO/Executive Director, Port of Everett

Board directors serving their second year of a two-year term include:

AAPA 2020-2022 Chairman of the Board: Mario Cordero, Executive Director, Port of Long Beach
U.S. South Atlantic Ports Region: Jonathan Daniels, Executive Director/CEO, Port Everglades
U.S. Gulf Ports Region: Chett Chiasson, Executive Director, Greater Lafourche Port Commission
U.S. South Pacific Ports Region: Eugene Seroka, Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles
Canada Ports Region: Sean Hanrahan, President and CEO, St. John’s Port Authority
At-Large: Paul Anderson, President and CEO, Port Tampa Bay
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The Executive Management Conference (EMC) November 16-18, 2021, in Phoenix, Ariz., is an important cornerstone of AAPA’s Professional Port Management (PPM) program. EMC is for anyone seeking valuable insight into the world of port executives. Gain industry knowledge, hands-on training and hear from Donald Brinkman, PE, PPM, who leads the ports practice and southwest Louisiana region for CSRS Inc., an architecture and engineering firm headquartered in Baton Rouge. Prior to joining CSRS, Brinkman was director of engineering for the Port of Lake Charles, the 13th largest port in the nation in tonnage. As director of engineering for 12 years, he was responsible for a capital construction budget that ranged from $25 million to $50 million annually. Register Here.
Port Milwaukee and The DeLong Company, Inc. celebrated the groundbreaking on a nearly $35-million agricultural maritime export facility on Jones Island. Representatives from the port, DeLong and the City of Milwaukee were joined by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, federal, state and local officials, and port customers and stakeholders to highlight this major investment that will create jobs, support Wisconsin’s agriculture industry, and grow the regional economy.
Port of Oakland officials are calling on shipping lines to route more cargo to the port to help ease supply chain congestion elsewhere. “There’s no congestion at the Oakland seaport, and we’re ready for more business,” declared Port of Oakland Maritime Director Bryan Brandes. “We need ocean carriers to reinstate services in order to stabilize the supply chain, and our import and export partners echo this sentiment.”
Strong import loads at The Port of Virginia last month have helped the port achieve consecutive months of cargo volume in excess of 300,000 TEUs. In September the port processed more than 306,000 TEUs, which is an increase of nearly 50,000 TEUs (+19%) when compared with last September; loaded import volume was more than 152,000 TEUs, or 31,000 units (+26%). In August, the port handled more than 307,000 TEUs.
The Port of Iberia completed another step to deepen the Acadiana Gulf of Mexico Access Channel (AGMAC) to a depth of 16 feet. As required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, four pipelines have been lowered to prepare for dredging from the port to the Gulf of Mexico via the Intracoastal Canal. Dredging is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. This $38 million dollar project is funded by the State of Louisiana Capital Outlay funds.
Port Everglades announced Viking sailed from the port for the first time on Oct. 20 with the 930-guest Viking Orion. Its identical sister ship, Viking Star, will begin sailing from the port on November 6. Both ships will sail on a variety of itineraries in the Caribbean and Central America through 2022. "Viking's arrival diversifies Port Everglades' fleet with a new brand that focuses on history, culture and exploration for curious travelers," said Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Jonathan Daniels.
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The Port of Corpus Christi Authority is partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as part of the port’s commitment to decarbonization and energy transition initiatives. The agreement between the two parties is intended to advance collaboration between the Port of Corpus Christi, NREL and port tenants by identifying scalable energy transition and decarbonization projects that require techno-economic analysis, modeling, testing and validation efforts unique to NREL’s capabilities.
The Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners has approved a policy document to help the port identify future projects and initiatives to improve health and air quality for all who live, work, and play on and around San Diego Bay while also supporting efficient and modern maritime operations. The Maritime Clean Air Strategy (MCAS) and its vision, “Health Equity for All,” represent the port’s commitment to environmental justice and is more ambitious than any other clean air policy document of its kind in the state.
Director of Trade Development, Corpus Christi, TX; Port of Corpus Christi

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

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
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