AAPA Seaports Advisory
February 17, 2022
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will speak at the AAPA Legislative Summit: Now, We Build! at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, D.C., from March 29-31, 2022. Governor Hogan will share his perspective on implementing the recently passed federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and the economic impacts of infrastructure stimulus. Maintaining one of the highest job approval ratings in the country, Governor Hogan is recognized nationally as a strong, independent leader who consistently leads on common sense solutions to deliver bipartisan results.
This is a must-attend event for anyone interested in making big waves in seaports and maritime policy on Capitol Hill. AAPA's Legislative Summit: Now, We Build! will spotlight a host of federal policy and government discussions, include major federal updates and a fly-in day on Capitol Hill, and feature several prominent guest speakers. Register for the event here.
On Monday, AAPA endorsed the Klobuchar-Thune bill on Ocean Shipping (S.3586) after months of work with both Senators' staffs and with approval from the Association's Legislative Policy Council. The Klobuchar-Thune bill would increase Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) enforcement of ocean shipping rules while preserving the crucial freight 'fluidity charges' that prompt cargo owners to keep their goods from piling up on severely limited terminal space. The Klobuchar-Thune bill also effectively exempts ports and terminals from onerous regulatory requirements that would affect terminal fluidity. AAPA has assurances from the lead Senate bill sponsors that the exemptions for ports and terminals will remain protected through the remaining legislative process. AAPA's press release on the topic can be accessed here.
Trimble Heavy Industry
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
Kongsberg Maritime Canada Ltd. is a world leader in marine technology. With an extensive portfolio of innovative and integrated products and solutions, Kongsberg Maritime delivers efficiency, reliability, flexibility and environmental sustainability to enhance the business of its customers. Kongsberg offers a complete portfolio of services to its customers at all stages from conception, planning and building to operation and renewal. A marine systems provider committed to sustainability, Kongsberg’s tailors solutions for onshore and offshore, merchant marine, subsea, navy, coastal marine, aquaculture, training services, and more.

Presto Geosystems offers ports and intermodal facilities an innovative and economical solution to strengthen soft subgrades and reduce construction and maintenance costs. The GEOWEB® Soil Stabilization System is a proven solution for maintenance and construction of facilities that are subjected to heavy static and dynamic loads. The honeycomb-like structure confines and stabilizes infill material, significantly improving load distribution characteristics for both paved and unpaved facilities. The system’s cellular network creates an effective load support system that handles and distributes dynamic vertical and lateral loadings. With permeable infill, the system also provides on-site stormwater retention, thereby minimizing environmental impacts and stormwater runoff. The GEOWEB system has been used by the port and railroad industry as a cost-effective solution that dramatically enhances facilities' construction costs by reducing excavation depth, construction time and aggregate, and maintenance costs.

Trade Tech, based in Issaquah, Wash., with offices located around the globe, specializes in supply chain management solutions for the international logistics industry. Trade Tech's logistics and technology experts have created world-class applications linking sales, operations and accounting processes into a single environment. These applications are proven to help streamline freight forwarders' and shippers' supply chains, cut total transportation costs, manage exceptions, deliver visibility and provide higher levels of customer service to help you compete in today's complex logistics environment. Trade Tech also offers a full-service data entry option to support software deployment so that your company can focus on what matters most to you and your customers: expediting your cargo and supporting your customers. The combination of software and service is what distinguishes Trade Tech from other software providers.
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!

For engineering support and to learn more, click here!
Rebounding from pandemic-induced lows in 2020, total maritime tonnage through the Port of Duluth-Superior climbed to 32.9 million short tons in 2021. This total represented a 27% season-over-season increase and a 2.3% improvement over the five-season average. The Port of Savannah handled a record 479,700 TEUs of cargo in January, an increase of 4% over the same month a year ago, a month in which cargo volumes had expanded by 22%. The Port of Savannah has set monthly records for the past 18 months.
The Port of Long Beach’s Heather Tomley, managing director of planning and environmental affairs, provided testimony to a California State Senate committee this week on efforts to support the port’s zero-emissions goals. Tomley stated, “While these challenges are real and daunting, we can get through them to achieve a zero-emissions future, if we work together, and remain clear focused and make a deliberate effort to address them,” Tomley said.
The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore has been awarded a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to replace cargo-handling equipment and dray trucks with newer, energy efficient models. The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant will help the port further reduce emissions at the port and nearby communities.
Skyline Steel, LLC
Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy
Duluth Seaway Port Authority Commissioner Mike Jugovich was recently reappointed to a second term on the Board of Commissioners. Originally appointed to complete the remaining term of former Port Authority commissioner and current U.S. Congressman Pete Stauber on Jan. 8, 2019, Jugovich’s reappointment is a six-year term set to expire Dec. 31, 2027.
During the One Ocean Summit last week, Chairman and CEO Rodolphe Saadé of CMA CGM Group announced it would no longer be transporting any plastic waste aboard its ships. With this landmark decision effective June 1, 2022, the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, continues to demonstrate its commitment to protecting the environment and conserving biodiversity. The One Ocean Summit, organized by French President Emmanuel Macron, is a global forum dedicated to the protection of the oceans.
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, the largest provider of dredging services in the United States, reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2021. President and CEO Lasse Petterson commented, “Despite the challenges and impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on all of us this past year, we continued to safely perform essential and critical infrastructure work, generating the third highest annual adjusted EBITDA in company history.”
GEOWEB® System Provides Industrial Yard with Permeable Surface
Presto Geosystems®
GEOWEB® Geocells provided a low-maintenance, permeable load-support surface at a staging area for a 10-acre industrial yard site in Pennsylvania. Heavy traffic at the steel fabricator’s facility caused severe rutting of the existing gravel surface and costly long-term maintenance problems.
The GEOWEB System was infilled with aggregate, which reduced stormwater runoff, controlled surface rutting, and minimized costs compared to conventional concrete or bituminous concrete.
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Key leaders in port security and operations can mount a three-pronged effort to mitigate the threats posed by adversarial cyber actors. Proactive preparation is essential for ports to continue to fulfill their critical mission in an increasingly confrontational global system.
By Jason Atwell, Mandiant, Inc.
The Port of Benton has received an unmodified audit opinion from the Washington State Auditor’s Office (SAO). The SAO performed both Accountability and Financial Statement audits for FY 2019 and 2020. An unmodified or “clean” opinion means that the financial statements present fairly the financial position and the results of the organization's operations in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.
Green Marine
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Media/Public Relations Specialist, Oakland, CA; Port of Oakland

Business Development Representative, Port Hueneme, CA; The Port of Hueneme

Grant Specialist
, Vancouver, WA: Port of Vancouver USA

Project Engineer II, Portsmouth, VA; The Port of Virginia

Senior Project Engineer, Portsmouth, VA; The Port of Virginia

Quality & Continuous Improvement Manager, San Diego, CA; Pasha Automotive Services

Sr. Project Engineer, Corpus Christi, TX; Port Corpus Christi Authority

Channel & DMPA Project Engineer/Senior Project Engineer, Corpus Christi, TX; Port Corpus Christi Authority

Project Engineer, Corpus Christi, TX; Port Corpus Christi Authority

Director, Miami-Dade Seaport Department, Miami, FL; PortMiami
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