AAPA Seaports Advisory
February 24, 2022
U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will deliver remarks on Tuesday, March 29, at the AAPA Legislative Summit: Now, We Build! in Washington, D.C., at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center, March 29-31, 2022. Secretary Buttigieg is the 19th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. He is the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., author of Shortest Way Home and Trust: America's Best Chance, a graduate of Harvard, Rhodes Scholar, U.S. Navy Reserve officer and was deployed to Afghanistan. Secretary Buttigieg is a strong proponent of federal investment in America’s ports given his work on the infrastructure bill. Known as a genuine, kindhearted and passionate leader, his ability to work across the aisle has made a positive impact on his community and country.

AAPA's Legislative Summit: Now, We Build! will spotlight a host of prominent speakers on topics ranging from infrastructure to data sharing, responding to risk, and major federal updates. The event culminates with a fly-in day on Capitol Hill, a cornerstone of this annual event. Seating is limited. Reserve your space by registering here.
This past weekend, AAPA President and CEO Chris Connor was interviewed on SiriusXM Channel 146. Dan Ronan of Transport Topics Radio spoke to Connor on his show, The Road Dog, where they discussed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)/Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the issue of congestion. Recently, AAPA Vice President of Government Relations and General Counsel Cary Davis was quoted by The Association of Pacific Ports in its magazine. He spoke to the importance of investments in the U.S. Marine Highway system. Check out the article here, which starts on page 32.
Trimble Heavy Industry
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University


The need for a nimble, diverse and competent workforce has become a priority in response to recent labor shortages, supply chain challenges and hybrid working conditions throughout the pandemic. AAPA’s Professional & Workforce Development programs assist our members in cultivating purpose and passion in the workforce. To ensure that our upskilling programs continue to deliver excellence, AAPA is bringing on Shannon McLeod as a new director of Professional & Workforce Development.

Shannon will oversee the Professional Port Manager (PPM) Certification and accreditation programs including the ACCELerate grant program, under the U.S. Department of Labor. Shannon’s comprehensive experience spans two decades providing project management and technical direction on maritime, intermodal and supply chain initiatives. She received an MPA in maritime, ports and logistics management from Old Dominion University, is the chair of the Ports and Channels Standing Committee of the Transportation Research Board and is in the 2023 Alpha Class of the PPM program.

AAPA President and CEO Chris Connor said, “I'm thrilled that we've been able to recruit Shannon to AAPA. Her hiring marks a renewed focus in our industry association to enhance professional development and credentialing programming to the highest standard."

With the guidance and insight of AAPA’s Professional Development Board, the Professional & Workforce Development team plans to accomplish the following actions this year:

  • Update course offerings and re-establish PPM core curriculum,
  • Develop a PPM credential renewal process,
  • Provide more creative and inclusive learning environments, and
  • Engage PPM graduates in mentorship and knowledge-transfer opportunities.

AAPA is extending the PPM 2024 program enrollment deadline to April 4 to provide time for Shannon to transition into her new role. The application portal is now open and will remain open until midnight on April 4.
To learn more about the PPM program or the upcoming professional development initiatives, contact Shannon McLeod at smcleod@aapa-ports.org.

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The Port of Palm Beach announced a special opportunity for some major-league fun and set sail March 5 with several former MLB players, including Charles Johnson and Antonio Alfonseca, among others. The players will form an all-star softball team and compete against a local Bahamian team during the ship’s day in Grand Bahama Island.
Skyline Steel, LLC
Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy
The Port of Beaumont Board of Commissioners approved a $57.3 million construction bid for a project aimed at increasing the port’s general cargo handling capacity. Phase II of the Main Street Terminal 1 project, awarded to McCarthy Building Companies, includes demolition of a failed dock structure and construction of a new state-of-the-art general cargo dock. The Main Street Terminal 1 project, funded in part by 2017 General Obligation Bonds, a 2019 U.S. DOT BUILD grant and port revenues, is expected to be complete by June 2024.
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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The world’s largest cruise ship arrived at Port Everglades this weekend. Royal Caribbean International's Wonder of the Seas docked at her homeport, Port Everglades, for her inaugural season beginning March 4. This is the fourth Oasis-Class ship to make its U.S. debut at Port Everglades. After a two-year hiatus, Port Saint John announced a return of its cruise sector to the waterfront on May 4. Between May and November, 69 cruise ship visits are expected to arrive in the port city.
Green Marine
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
WMATA – General Manager & CEO, Washington, DC; WMATA

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

Harbormaster, Pittsburg, CA; City of Pittsburg

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
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