AAPA Seaports Advisory
April 1, 2022
AAPA and its membership throughout the hemisphere will celebrate Western Hemisphere Ports Day on Tuesday, April 5. This year marks the 7th annual celebration, and the association will recognize the industry’s role in supply chain resiliency, environmental stewardship and building for a sustainable tomorrow. Visit the AAPA website for a social media toolkit and join the celebration. Use the official hashtags – #CelebratingPortsDay  #SeaportsDeliver  #PortsUnited – in your Ports Day posts!

The AAPA Career Center is honoring Ports Day with an exclusive savings promotion now through the end of April. Employers take 25% OFF your job listing with promo code PORTSDAY25OFF. Job Seekers who create an account and add a resume receive a FREE resume consultation. Visit the AAPA Career Center today to post your job or resume.
This week U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh headlined AAPA’s Legislative Summit: Now We Build! in Washington, D.C., before an audience of nearly 200 key U.S. policymakers, supply chain leaders and port industry leaders. Buttigieg and Walsh both lauded the hard work of seaports and port workers navigating the challenges of operating throughout a pandemic and historic supply chain disruption. They also voiced the enthusiasm of their agencies to working with industry to get the newly approved infrastructure funds moving quickly so that ports can start building sooner.

Summit attendees also heard from Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Senior Advisor and White House Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator Mitch Landrieu, Four-Star General Stan McChrystal, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Dan Maffei and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Michael Connor.

On the final day of the event, AAPA corporate members carried the message of “Now We Build” to Capitol Hill and met directly with lawmakers. Read more about the Legislative Summit in this Transport Topics News Story.
Trimble Heavy Industry
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
The Port of Savannah’s container volume grew nearly 18% in February, extending year-over-year increases to 19 consecutive months for the Georgia Ports Authority. To better accommodate that growth, the GPA Board has expedited more than $538 million in capacity expansion projects initially anticipated years into the future.
The Port of Corpus Christi announced the Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project was included in President Biden’s proposed FY 2023 Budget released this week under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Coastal Navigation Construction category. The proposed funding amount of $157.3 million is the largest allocation from the federal government compared to prior years’ budgets.
Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka appeared on CNBC International's Squawk Box Asia with Sri Jegarajah on March 30. Seroka discussed record cargo volume in February, inventory replenishing, cybersecurity, workforce development and more. Watch the video that aired on CNBC here.
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By Lisa Lefeber, Port of Everett
Building flexible, sustainable and green infrastructure is imperative for seaports to ensure responsiveness to an ever-changing and dynamic maritime market. At the Port of Everett, we are building for a bigger, greener and more prosperous future through major seaport investments that integrate green infrastructure, environmental restoration and climate change readiness.
Seaports Magazine: www.aapaseaports.com
The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced its financial support in the amount of $10,000 for the Village of Burns Lake’s Regional Mapping Project through PRPA’s Export Development Fund. The fund supports the planning, development and implementation of economic development opportunities along the Prince Rupert Gateway.
The Greater Lafourche Port Commission (GLPC) recently signed an MOU with the Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District (BLFWD) to extend its contract for the collection and disposal of debris in Bayou Lafourche from the Intracoastal south to Golden Meadow. GLPC Executive Director Chett Chiasson said, “These are the type of partnerships we love because it shows how agencies such as ours can collaborate successfully to benefit our community in very meaningful ways.”
Skyline Steel, LLC
Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy
Mark Loughman was sworn in as a member of the Mississippi State Port Authority’s (MSPA) Board of Commissioners during its board meeting last week. Loughman replaces E.J. Roberts and will serve a five-year term ending in April 2026
“We welcome Mr. Loughman to the MSPA Commission and applaud his commitment to environmental stewardship," said Port CEO and Executive Director Jon Nass. "His background in economic development and compliance will be helpful in our discussions concerning future infrastructure plans and tenant negotiations.”
St. Bernard Port, Harbor & Terminal District is reporting another successful year with record tonnage despite the economy still being affected by COVID-19, said Executive Director Drew Heaphy. In 2021, the port reached its highest overall tonnage record, increasing 4% to 10.6 million tons from 10.2 million tons in 2012, its previous overall tonnage record. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority released 2021 year-end statistics for goods moving through the port. Despite the ongoing pandemic, global supply chain challenges and weather extremes in B.C., cargo volumes through the port increased by 1% from 145 to 146 million metric tons (MMT) over 2020.
GEOWEB® System Provides Industrial Yard with Permeable Surface
Presto Geosystems®
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The Port of Long Beach announced its data-sharing project, the Supply Chain Information Highway, has quickly moved from concept to the testing phase. Developed for the Port of Long Beach by St. Louis-based UNCOMN, the software platform enables cargo shippers and the supply chain to track cargo through data delivery to their systems and optimize decision-making along the way.
Baumer Foods, maker of Crystal Hot Sauce, renewed its lease agreement with the Port of South Louisiana. Baumer Food Inc.’s President Pepper Baumer joined Port of South Louisiana’s Executive Director/CEO Paul Matthews to renew their lease agreement at a ceremonial signing and were joined by community leaders, business and Baumer Foods representatives, port commissioners, and staff.
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

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

Human Resources and Equity Specialist (Part-time 75%), Seattle, WA; University of Washington

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

WMATA – General Manager & CEO, Washington, D.C.; WMATA

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