AAPA Seaports Advisory
December 22, 2021

Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
The Build Back Better Act – the broad reconciliation legislation that recently passed the House of Representatives – was effectively stopped in its tracks in the Senate this week when Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced he would not support it. AAPA has advocated for the inclusion of ports in this legislation, with overall success, having secured $3.5 billion for a new port electrification program and $600 million for the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP). The path forward for this legislation is currently in flux, and a narrower version of the bill may prove the only way to get Senator Manchin back to the negotiating table. AAPA continues to monitor developments and is prepared to advocate for port electrification and PIDP funding in any legislative vehicle emerging for the Democrats’ agenda in 2022.

AAPA is thankful the year 2021 was overwhelmingly successful, with the enactment of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (formerly known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, or IIJA), which contains over $5 billion exclusively for ports. In the past two years, AAPA has watched ports around the United States step up to challenges of all kinds. By the same token, AAPA is working closely with MARAD and the White House to ensure the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s funds are distributed efficiently and properly for ports to enhance their robust efforts already underway.
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The AAPA Shifting Trade Seminar will be held January 25-27, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. Shifting Trade is more important than ever and explores global trade forecasts and trends that affect the port industry. This year’s program features experts in the field addressing topics such as the economic outlook for shipping and ports, supply chain and logistics management, technology deep-dive and alternative energy. John Porcari, President Biden’s port envoy, will open Shifting Trade with a keynote address on the latest policy updates. View the draft seminar agenda and plan now to attend Shifting Trade.
The Port of San Diego is installing more than 300 “reef balls” to help protect South Bay from rising sea levels, in partnership with the California State Coastal Conservancy and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The South Bay Native Oyster Living Shoreline Project has been years in the making and is the latest of several port projects to protect the shoreline from impacts related to rising sea levels and to increase the biodiversity of San Diego Bay by creating new marine habitats. 
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The Port of Los Angeles is on track to break a new record for cargo throughput in 2021, processing more volume than any port in the Western Hemisphere. With two weeks left in the year, the port anticipates its final volume will be approximately 10.7 million TEUs, about 13% more than its previous record set in 2018. The 16-month surge of cargo volume at the Port of New York and New Jersey reached an all-time high in October. A record-breaking 796,704 TEUs (440,514 lifts) were recorded in October, a 5.5% increase over the 755,437 TEUs (419,744 lifts) posted in October 2020.
Disney Cruise Line has selected Port Everglades as Disney’s second year-round homeport. The agreement provides for one ship to be homeported in Port Everglades year-round beginning fall 2023, joined by a second, seasonal ship in 2025.
The Port of Galveston is forecasting 2022 to be a banner year for the port’s cargo businesses and strong jobs and revenue growth for the port and the region. Major factors contributing to this forecast include completion of a federal dredging project to bring the Galveston Ship Channel to its full permitted depth of 47 feet and the opening of its third cruise terminal at Pier 10.
The Port of Baltimore continues to help the nation’s supply chain by easing unprecedented congestion at port gateways. The vessel Noble Ace visited Baltimore with approximately 600 Mercedes vehicles originally destined for the West Coast.
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The San Diego waterfront will come alive on December 28 when the 30th annual Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade makes its way down North Harbor Drive. This year’s parade theme is “New Beginnings,” and the grand marshal is San Diego Padres’ pitcher Joe Musgrove, who threw the first no-hitter game in the Padres’ 53-season history this past April. The Port is the title sponsor of the parade, which is often referred to as “America’s Largest Balloon Parade” because of the number of giant inflatables.
The Port of Brownsville presented Schaefer Stevedoring with its 2021 Chairman’s Award in honor of the company’s achievements throughout its 30 years of operation. Headquartered at the port, Schaefer Stevedoring is an international stevedoring company providing shipping services within the maritime and port logistics industries of the United States and Mexico.
Following a nationwide search, the Port of Everett Commission has selected LPC West as the private development partner to build out the second phase of Waterfront Place, featuring commercial, retail and residential spaces.
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Lead Risk Management Analyst, Corpus Christi, TX; Port Corpus Christi Authority

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Facilities Maintenance Director, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Port Everglades

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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