AAPA Seaports Advisory
November 18, 2021
 
   
AAPA is hosting an information briefing on provisions in both the newly-enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) and the Build Back Better Act that Congress is expected to take up soon. Join AAPA on Monday, November 22, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern (10:00 a.m. Pacific) for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: What’s In It For You? virtual briefing. To participate, contact Derek Miller, AAPA government relations manager.

As President Biden signed H.R. 3684 into law on Monday, AAPA is honored to have taken part in the ceremony of this momentous, bipartisan bill's enactment. Chris Connor, AAPA president and CEO, and Mario Cordero, chairman of AAPA's Board of Directors and executive director of the Port of Long Beach, were invited by the White House and attended the event.

Chairman Cordero also testified yesterday in a hearing before the House of Representatives' Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure about supply chain challenges. Cordero's testimony acknowledges the dedicated federal funding for ports in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to make the critical investments needed for a more resilient supply chain.
 
 
   
PortVision50 is a U.S. based non-profit dedicated to assisting ports and maritime stakeholders learn more about the solutions available to ships to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions based on the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) goals. AAPA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with PortVision50 to support these efforts.

PortVision50 is in the midst of creating a dashboard to help North American ports identify their preparedness for the IMO GHG reduction strategy being developed and other decarbonization efforts within the maritime industry. PortVision50 is looking for ports to participate in the development of this tool. Ports interested in participating in this project should contact Margaret Doyle.

In addition, PortVision50 is building a catalog of funding opportunities that ports can apply for to support their projects to reduce GHG emissions.
 
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The Port of Pittsburgh Commission is charged with the promotion and advocacy of the inland waterway port district in Southwestern Pennsylvania. It continually advocates for the maintenance and upgrading of the navigation infrastructure with the objective of sustaining the economic advantage of waterway freight transportation. The PPC works closely with other government entities, non-profits, and industry stakeholders, creating a communication network that is beneficial and sympathetic to everyone involved. It also manages federal and state grant programs that offer financial incentives to industry partners for advancing technology in order to stay competitive in the transportation marketplace. The Commission's board consists of members of industry, local and state elected officials, and members of waterway organizations.
 
 
   
The Board of Directors for Port Saint John has announced the appointment of Craig Bell Estabrooks as president and chief executive officer. Over the past decade, Estabrooks has worked in progressively responsible leadership positions at Port Saint John. These roles have included managing both government relations and the strategic planning process and being instrumental in the port’s rebranding. Recently, Estabrooks had been promoted from director to vice president of corporate services, a department that included his former areas of responsibility in government relations and strategic planning but added leadership of the finance, human resources and information technology functions for the port. Estabrooks holds both a Bachelor of Arts (UNB) and Master of Arts (Dalhousie) in political science. He recently achieved alumni status at Harvard Business School having completed its Comprehensive Program for Leadership Development (PLDA).
 
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UrbanVolt’s President & CEO Kevin Maughan will explore infrastructure costs and empower port leaders to approach infrastructure for a resilient, sustainable future on day one of the AAPA Commissioners Seminar, December 7-9, 2021, in San Diego, Calif. The Commissioners Seminar is the preeminent event for convening governing board members, commissioners and port leadership from around the Western Hemisphere. The seminar offers timely and expert advice to key decision-makers who oversee port operations and includes topics on the global economy, trade, technology, recruitment, diversity and inclusion, renewable energy, port performance and more. Register today!
 
 
   
Limited capacity at marine terminals hampered imports at the Port of Long Beach last month, although volumes were still strong enough to mark the port’s second-busiest October amid an ongoing transition to extended operating hours. Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 789,716 TEUs, down 2.1% from the port’s strongest October on record, achieved in 2020. The Northwest Seaport Alliance handled a total of 313,430 TEUs, an increase of 5.6% compared to October 2020. Full imports grew 7.2%, while full exports decreased 9.8%. Year-to-date volumes improved 14.7% to 3,116,785 TEUs, with full imports growing 20.7% and full exports declining 11.2%.
 
In the wake of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, the Port of Corpus Christi reaffirms its commitments to leadership in atmospheric climate action and energy transition during the annual State of the Port event. With a goal of achieving zero emissions at the Port of Hueneme, the Oxnard Harbor District Commissioners unanimously voted to adopt a resolution to demonstrate their commitment to decarbonizing operations at the port.
 
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The Port of Long Beach and The Port of Los Angeles announced that they will delay consideration of the container dwell fee directed at ocean carriers until November 22. Since the fee was announced in October, the twin ports have seen a decline of 26% combined in aging cargo on the docks. This encouraging momentum supports a delay in implementation of the fee.
 
 
   
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka held a virtual media briefing Tuesday to discuss the latest developments in the supply chain, including how ports nationwide will benefit from the new Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Secretary Buttigieg outlined the expected impact of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was recently passed by Congress and signed on Monday by President Biden. Watch a recording of the briefing.
 
 
   
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and project partners announced the completion and the opening of the upgraded Mountain Highway underpass on Vancouver’s North Shore. This project, led by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, in collaboration with Western Stevedoring, the District of North Vancouver, CN and Squamish Nation will enhance the movement of trade-related cargo through Greater Vancouver, while improving mobility and safety, protecting the environment, and alleviating the community impacts of growing trade.
 
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Two new commissioners were sworn in as part of The Port of Harlingen Authority Commission during the regular commission meeting last week. Ryan Newman and Chris Villarreal fill two new seats created as part of Senate Bill 635, which was signed into law in May. In addition to the new commissioners, the current commission includes Alan Johnson, Chair; Bryan Duffy, Secretary; and Neil Haman.
 
 
   
The Georgia Ports Authority has completed and is now operating the second set of nine new rail tracks for a total of 18 tracks at its Mason Mega Rail Terminal. The expansion immediately increases intermodal capacity to and from the Port of Savannah by more than 30%. Since September 1, GPA has seen a 60% reduction in the amount of time containers are on terminal, as major retailers have begun moving cargo off-terminal at a faster pace.
 
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