AAPA Seaports Advisory
December 9, 2021
AAPA corporate members are invited to nominate individuals for consideration as AAPA's 2022 Port Person(s) of the Year. Each year this prestigious award is given to an individual/s whose outstanding work has made a significant contribution to public ports and/or maritime commerce either internationally or within a particular country or region. Typically, nominees are not members of the public port community itself, but friends, allies and ambassadors of ports. Congressman Peter DeFazio received the award in 2021, and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James was honored in 2020.

The formal criteria for eligibility, judging and submission can be found on the AAPA website. Please review the judging criteria and send at least one paragraph that describes why your nominee should receive the Port Person of the Year Award to Jen Wilk, director of corporate communications and marketing, no later than Friday, January 7, 2022. Selection of those receiving the honor for 2022 will be made by the AAPA Board.
AAPA extends its congratulations to U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, on his plans for retirement in 2022. Chairman DeFazio has proven instrumental to seaports in his advocacy over the course of his time in this role. He was key to the restoration of Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) legislation in every Congressional session from 2014 through 2020 and championed the long-sought Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund reform included in WRDA 2020. AAPA had the honor of naming Chairman DeFazio as its 2021 Port Person of the Year. AAPA is grateful to the chairman and his dedicated staff for supporting and defending the role of seaports in the global economy.
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
Members of AAPA's Government Relations team were honored to attend the 2021 Connie Award ceremony in Newark, N.J., this week where Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, was awarded this year's Connie, and Bill Mongelluzzo, senior editor of the Journal of Commerce, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. AAPA heartily congratulates both Gene and Bill on their outstanding achievements.
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AAPA's annual Commissioners Seminar this week in San Diego, Calif., attracted more than 100 governing board members of ports, their commissioners and those involved in  management and leadership from across the industry. Timely advice from industry experts was presented through topics ranging from the global economy and trade, growth and new opportunities, alternative and renewable fuels, sustainability and infrastructure investment, workforce development and recruitment, and more.

On Tuesday, AAPA's Vice President of Government Relations and General Counsel Cary Davis was a featured presenter who spoke broadly on the forecasts for federal legislation that could affect ports in the upcoming year. Speakers shown (from left) include Davis, Jenny Windle and Susanne Bankhead from JPW Communications, Lasse Petterson from Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company and AAPA Premier Fleet Sponsor, Shaun Sumner and Jason Giffen from Port of San Diego, and Matthew Do from Jones Lang LaSalle. The seminar culminated with a waterside tour of San Diego Bay.

AAPA extends its thanks and appreciation for the speakers, sponsors and participants who made this a terrific event. Plan now to be involved in next year’s Commissioners Seminar in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Are you interested in professional development and looking for an industry recognized certification to pursue? Look no further than AAPA's Professional Port Manager (PPM) Certification Program. Recently updated in 2021 to improve the experience for all candidates, PPM is proven to shape the future of port leadership to succeed. The application portal is officially open, and it will stay open for application submission through January 31, 2022. If you’re ready to submit your materials, access the online PPM Application Portal. For more information, download the information brochure for specific details, or reach out to Devin Stubbs for any inquiries.
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At the Georgia Ports Authority Board meeting Monday, Executive Director Griff Lynch detailed actions that will expedite the completion of 1.6 million TEUs in annual capacity. The projects will deliver a total capacity increase of 25% in six months. The GPA Board also approved the $24.4 million purchase of nine electric-powered rubber-tired gantry cranes that will help support the expansion.
The Northwest Seaport Alliance adopted its plan to implement the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy following those recently adopted by the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, enabling each port to identify, prioritize and focus resources on actions that help achieve their collective zero-emission vision by 2050 to support cleaner air for local communities.
The Port of Corpus Christi, in partnership with NuStar Energy, held the 24th annual “A Tree for All” event to help families in need celebrate the holiday season with their loved ones. Port Energy Crew employee volunteers distributed 300 Christmas trees — along with tree stands and ornaments — to families selected by various Coastal Bend schools and agencies.
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Énergir and the Québec Port Authority announced the completion of their 100th liquified natural gas (LNG) bunkering. The LNG bunkering solution, implemented by Énergir’s subsidiary, Gaz Métro Transport Solutions, enables shipowners passing through to meet emission standards on waterways in North America and in controlled emission areas around the world.
The Port of Hueneme welcomed California State Transportation Agency Secretary David S. Kim to the port on Monday. His visit included discussions with port workers and customers about how the Port of Hueneme is moving cargo, helping to relieve California’s port congestion and the port’s important role in the state’s commerce.
The state-owned, public marine terminals of the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore received a top security rating for the 13th year in a row by the U.S. Coast Guard as part of an annual inspection of facilities. The assessment reviewed security procedures and protocols at the six public marine terminals. The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDoT) issued the Port of Brownsville a grade A score for its Local Government Risk Assessment based on the performance of the South Port Connector Road construction project. A risk score of A signifies that the Brownsville Navigation District (BND) presents a low-level risk to TXDoT based on the current project performance.
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Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Chief Information & Technology Officer, Mobile, AL; Alabama State Port Authority

Chief, Diversity & Inclusion, New York, NY; The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Director of Human Resources - Port of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA; Port of Long Beach

Staff Accountant, Washington, DC; American Association of Port Authorities

Director of Governmental Affairs, Philadelphia, PA; PhilaPort

Construction Project Manager Supervisor, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Port Everglades

Human Resources and Equity Manager, Seattle, WA; University of Washington

Assistant/Associate Professor of Joint Military Operations, Newport, RI; U.S. Naval War College, Joint Military Operations
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