AAPA Seaports Advisory
March 17, 2022
Big names are attending AAPA's Legislative Summit: Now, We Build! and you're invited! Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, White House Senior Advisor for Infrastructure Coordination Mitch Landrieu, retired four-star General Stan McChrystal, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission Daniel B. Maffei, and Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland are just some of the speakers at this must-attend event
Come make big waves in seaports and maritime policy in Washington, D.C., where AAPA will spotlight a host of federal policy and government discussions, topics on port infrastructure, supply chain and sustainability initiatives, and a day on Capitol Hill, as well as celebrated events, like the Port Persons of the Year Awards and an evening reception. Policy experts, policymakers, AAPA members and professionals alike are welcome and encouraged to join AAPA in Washington, D.C. from March 29-31, 2022. Register here.
AAPA has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship as a top performing grantee of the Apprenticeships: Closing the Skills Gap (CSG) grant program in the "Total Participants that Began Education/Job Training Activities" category.

As part of the CSG initiative, AAPA was awarded $5.8 million in March 2020. AAPA launched ACCELerate, a program designed for ports and other freight-related employers to expand apprenticeship opportunities in America’s multimodal transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL)-connected industries.

Since its inception, ACCELerate has created over 1,000 apprenticeship opportunities with more than 51 companies for skilled trade and advanced manufacturing, transportation, cybersecurity, technology, energy/utility, and supervisory and engineering-related occupations.
Trimble Heavy Industry
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
A shortage of more than 900 officers is widely reported at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP); to address this issue, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, reintroduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen border security and address personnel shortages at ports of entry. The Securing America’s Ports of Entry Act, which passed out of committee last Congress, would fully staff America’s airports, seaports, and land ports of entry by requiring CBP to hire no fewer than 600 additional officers per year until the agency’s staffing needs are met and to secure America's ports of entry. AAPA has publicly supported this bipartisan legislation.

In addition to AAPA's support, the legislation is supported by a broad coalition of groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Treasury Employees Union, the Airports Council International, and the American Association of Airport Executives. AAPA will continue to monitor all movement on this bill.
Atkins North America, Inc. (Atkins) is a leading technical services and project delivery company serving seaports, waterborne cargo, and cruise passenger carriers and transportation service providers. Atkins has been providing strategic facility planning, architectural design, engineering, environmental, and permitting, as well as construction phase services, to support the maritime industry for more than 50 years.

Founded in 1903, McLean Contracting Company (McLean) is one of the leading Heavy Civil and Marine Contractors on the East Coast. McLean continues to bring peace of mind to those it serves by offering safe and exceptionally high standards of service with a multitude of capabilities that reach far beyond marine construction. Capable of all facets of marine construction including bridge, pier and bulkhead construction, dredging, dredge material treatment and disposal, stevedoring, heavy lift, marine demolition, and salvage, McLean continues to be a staple in marine construction. Combined with an internal team that self-performs millwright, and industrial maintenance and repair services to include welding, material handling equipment repair, equipment, installation and implementation, general facility maintenance and repair, McLean can offer a safe, single cost-effective solution to meet all of its client’s demands.
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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The Port of Brownsville held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Rio Grande Valley’s latest commerce route, the 1.9-mile-long South Port Connector Road. The new road officially opened for business last week. The road project is a collaborative effort to improve port access and ease urban traffic in the Brownsville area.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority announced that a temporary storage site for empty shipping containers has been set up to support the local and national supply chains. The 40-acre facility, funded in part by the Government of Canada's National Trade Corridors Fund, is already providing storage for empty containers.
Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) will welcome the world’s largest cruise ship on March 22, when Wonder of the Seas is scheduled to berth at the Austin “Babe” Monsanto Marine Terminal. An onboard Plaque and Keys Exchange Ceremony will be held between the captain of the ship, VIPA, and other government and private sector officials to welcome the inaugural arrival.
The arrival of dredging equipment at the Port of Iberia represents a major milestone for the port. Deepening of the Acadiana-Gulf of Mexico Access Channel (AGMAC) is underway after a 20-year process to make it a reality. The port secured state funding to completely fund the project. Craig Romero, Port of Iberia Executive Director, said “The dredging has begun and we are excited to be closer to allowing much larger vessels to access our port, therefore creating more job opportunities for all of Acadiana.”
Skyline Steel, LLC
Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy
As part of the Port of San Diego’s ongoing clean air efforts, the Board of Port Commissioners approved the purchase of 14 electric vehicles (EVs) from National Auto Fleet Group. The approximately $820,000 purchase supports the port’s Maritime Clean Air Strategy (MCAS) and its vision of “Health Equity for All.”
The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay is working with the West Coast Seafood Processors Association (WCSPA) and local seafood processors to submit a grant to fund a feasibility study intended to evaluate opportunities to construct a multi-user byproduct recovery center on port property in Charleston.
The Port of Long Beach is pursuing a zero-emissions future with a microgrid demonstration project that will generate a reliable supply of electricity for the port’s main security facility – the Joint Command and Control Center. The project is aimed at providing energy resilience for the security center, delivering clean power for daily operations and reducing the port’s reliance on diesel generators during electricity outages.
The Port of Benton has hired Liz Renz as the port's new accounting clerk. Renz joins the port team after many years of working as office manager for the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce. She brings a wide variety of talent with her as she joins the port team. The Port of Iberia welcomes new port commission member Bilal Morton. Morton was recently appointed by the City of New Iberia, replacing E. R. “Smitty” Smith III. A native of New Iberia, Morton has a business degree and is currently a business analyst.
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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The Port of Los Angeles processed 857,764 TEUs in February, a 7.3% increase compared to last year. It was the port’s busiest February in its 115-year history and represents back-to-back record months to begin 2022. The Alabama Port Authority released its February container volumes, increasing its refrigerated cargo by 54.2% over January volumes. Intermodal rail transfers experienced a 12.4% gain over the prior month’s volumes handling 2,898 TEUs.
The Port of Hueneme was the site of “Sport for the Mind,” an adrenaline-pumping Hueneme Port Regional and Ventura County Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. More than 1,000 high school students from Ventura County, Hawaii, Wyoming, Colorado, Mexico, Brazil, Lesotho, Colombia, and Singapore showcased their hard work by designing and building original robots.
Port Everglades reached a $495,000 agreement with Florida Power & Light (FPL) to explore providing electrical shore power (also called cold ironing) to all eight cruise ship berths at the world's third largest cruise homeport. The agreement gives FPL the go ahead to begin design services required to construct a new electrical sub-station and power distribution facilities at Port Everglades.
Port Milwaukee’s 100-kilowatt wind turbine marks its 10-year anniversary at the port's Administration Building. City officials celebrated the milestone and highlighted Milwaukee’s commitment to reducing energy use and increasing renewable energy projects.
Green Marine
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Air Specialist, Vancouver, BC; Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

General Manager, Lewiston, ID; Port of Lewiston

Marine Terminal Senior Manager, Olympia, WA; Port of Olympia

Port Director, Boston, MA; Massachusetts Port Authority

Airport Senior Manager, Olympia, WA; Port of Olympia

Executive Director, Clarkston, WA; Port of Clarkston

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

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

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

Research Analyst - Live Fire Testing of Naval Systems, Alexandria, VA; Institute for Defense Analyses

Research Analyst - Navy Ship and Submarine Live Fire Testing, Alexandria, VA; Institute for Defense Analyses
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