AAPA Seaports Advisory
December 16, 2021

AAPA’s Smart Ports Seminar is the leading event exploring how smart technologies are transforming the way ports operate and do business. Hosted by AAPA’s Information Technology Committee, Smart Ports Seminar will take place February 8-10, 2022, in San Pedro, Calif. The program delivers robust content on cybersecurity challenges, logistics management, and trends and forecasts in innovative technologies that will drive the future of port infrastructure and operations. Participants will learn about new technologies to increase efficiency, artificial intelligence and productivity gains, and digitalization to simplify processes while finding new and better ways to secure systems.

This event draws port executives, chief information technology officers, chief information security officers, and other technology management thought-leaders. Come network, exchange ideas, learn about new technologies that can improve port productivity, and find solutions to some of the challenges ports face. Register today!

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.
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
Companhia Docas do Rio de Janeiro is responsible for the management of public ports in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. These Rio ports are strategically important as a government agent, provider of port infrastructure, and contributing to the promotion and development of foreign trade of the state and the country.

Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP) is a private container terminal in the Organized Port of Santos, Brazil. A modern project that allows greater competitiveness for Brazilian ports since 2013, it is strategically located on the right bank of the Port of Santos. Also, BTP offers the country a sustainable terminal, having promoted the remediation of one of the largest environmental liabilities in the State of São Paulo and the largest in the port area.

Gallotti e Advogados Associados has a solid record of providing first rate legal services in the transportation, infrastructure and regulatory affairs segment, mainly by ports. It also represents clients on a wide spectrum of issues, including each stage of lower court proceedings and supreme and external control matters.
PileMedic by QuakeWrap®
The patented PileMedic® system by Professor Mo Ehsani can restore the full capacity of steel, timber, and concrete piles regardless of the extent of damage and section loss.  It is made of lightweight, strong, and non-corroding Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) materials and is the only product tested and being used by the US Military worldwide. 
Nonetheless, it is not advisable to allow your piles to get in such state of disrepair!

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On Monday, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) awarded $12.6 million in grants to nine marine highway projects across the nation under the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). AAPA is pleased to see funding directed at seaports and marine highway programs to help address supply chain disruptions and increase the movement of goods along navigable waterways. AAPA is actively advocating for more grant money for these types of successful projects.
AAPA President and CEO Chris Connor remarked, “Maritime transport is the safest, cheapest and greenest means of transport we have. The Marine Highway program is a throwback to the industrial boom that made America what it is today – it’s why a marine canal was used to move the building materials for the U.S. Capitol itself. Policymakers understand this, which is why this program has gotten a recent financial boost, and it’s why anyone who cares about unsnarling road traffic should support even more funding.”
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report on ports that describes (1) what is known about the nature of and funding for non-freight activities at public ports, and (2) the extent to which federal discretionary grant programs have provided funds to public ports for non-freight and freight projects, and stakeholders' views on this federal assistance. Read the highlights and full report on GAO’s website.
Skyline Steel, LLC
Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy
The Port of South Louisiana Board of Commissioners has selected Paul Matthews as the next executive director. Effective January 15, 2022, Matthews will take the helm from long-time Executive Director Paul Aucoin, who served the port with distinction for over eight years, leading the organization through record growth. Following a national search led by Shey-Harding Executive Search, the Commission voted unanimously at the December board meeting to select Matthews. Most recently, Matthews served as deputy director at the Port of Plaquemines, La., where he helped negotiate multi-million-dollar terminal leases and helped develop a private-public partnership to expand rail service. He helped secure millions of dollars of federal port security and dredging funds and has been involved in attracting grants for critical port infrastructure projects. Matthews began his port career in community affairs at the Port of New Orleans in 2012. He is a graduate of Ben Franklin High School in New Orleans, Tulane University, and received an MBA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka held a media briefing yesterday to close out 2021. Seroka discussed year end cargo volumes, the new vessel queuing system and improvements in rail and truck dwell times on the port’s container terminals. Watch the media briefing here.
The Port of Long Beach is on the verge of processing more than 9 million cargo containers by the end of 2021 as efforts continue to make room for imports and deliver holiday goods as quickly as possible. Dockworkers and terminal operators moved more than 8.6 million TEUs through November, surpassing the current annual record of 8.1 million TEUs, set in 2020. The Port of Savannah handled 495,750 TEUs in November, a 6.7% increase over the previous year and a new monthly record for the Georgia Ports Authority. In less than six months, the GPA has designed an ambitious series of improvements that will increase the Port of Savannah’s annual capacity by 25% and grow to a total of 1.6 million TEUs of new capacity by June.
Productivity bottlenecks cost ports millions every year...
CM Labs Simulations
Adopters of simulation-based operator training have been able to target specific skills to unblock workflow bottlenecks and raise productivity and safety standards. On November 14 (10:00AM EST), Nicolae Sterescu, CM Labs' Product Manager for Ports, will lead a free webinar learning session exploring how training simulators can be used to reach productivity and efficiency goals and generate a healthy return on investment.
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Four new 100-foot-gauge container gantry cranes were delivered to the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA), the culmination of a more than 15,643-nautical mile journey from Shanghai, China. The $112 million investment, which included $49 million for the construction and delivery of the cranes, and $63 million to modernize the wharf and extend the crane rail infrastructure, began in 2019 when Port NOLA’s Board of Commissioners approved the project.
The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority (Port of Cleveland) has been awarded $10.52 million in infrastructure development grants from the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Maritime Assistance Program (MAP). The grants will help support projects to modernize the port's critical maritime infrastructure.
The launch of the Wilmington Midwest Express, North Carolina Ports Authority’s new daily direct rail connection, will supply a key intermodal capability of expediting shipping containers to the Midwest while reducing customer transit costs and emissions. Brian E. Clark, executive director, said “This new service provides a competitive advantage in a time when supply chain issues are impacting ports across the United States.”
Green Marine
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Maritime Strategic Operations Manager, Stockton, CA; Port of Stockton

Administrative Analyst II, Oakland, CA; Port of Oakland

Chief Information & Technology Officer, Mobile, AL; Alabama State Port Authority

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

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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South Jersey Port Corporation
Northsouth GIS LLC