AAPA Seaports Advisory
May 5, 2022
 
   
Dr. Walter Kemmsies, managing partner of The Kemmsies Group, is scheduled to host a session on Shifting Global Trade and the Outlook for Ports at AAPA’s upcoming Shifting Trade Seminar. Kemmsies is widely viewed as one of the foremost experts on ports, rail and infrastructure in the United States. His areas of expertise include demand forecasting, maritime and overall global trade regulatory issues, public/private port infrastructure financing as well as long-term strategic planning/capital investment.

On June 15-16, AAPA’s Shifting Trade Seminar in Tampa, Fla., will explore the worldwide trade lanes, global trade predictions, and the newest economic trends that affect the port industry. The seminar will also feature global carriers, supply chain partners, beneficial cargo owners and port representatives on key themes such as global decarbonization, big picture economic forecasts, and alternative fuels and energies.

Take a look at the two-day agenda, hotel information and register here for Shifting Trade.
 
 
   
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Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
 
   
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is soliciting for its annual Section 7001 report to Congress. The amended Section 7001 of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) 2014 requires the Secretary of the Army to submit an annual report to Congress, enabling new starts for project-specific reports and using a process that did not violate the earmark ban.

This report identifies feasibility reports; proposed feasibility studies from non-federal interests (including projects for authorization in future Water Resources Development Act, or WRDA bills); potential modifications to authorized water resources development projects or feasibility studies; and specific, proposed modifications to environmental infrastructure program authorities. The Corps published the solicitation announcement on April 29. Please submit Section 7001 proposals online by August 29, 2022. Read more on the Section 7001 projects solicitation here.
 
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Ports are taking ownership of their dredging projects by working closely with dredging companies and the Corps to make sure their waterway plans are not only beneficial to the shipping industry but are also only minimally invasive to the surrounding wildlife and environment.
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Two days after hosting one of America’s oldest traditions, the White House Easter Egg Roll, President Biden boarded Air Force One enroute to Portsmouth, N.H., where he delivered remarks on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law at the Port of New Hampshire/Pease Development Authority. The president was greeted by Division of Ports and Harbors Director Geno Marconi alongside state and local dignitaries.

Portsmouth Harbor and the Piscataqua River Turning Basin Navigation Project are examples of the benefit of federal infrastructure funding. After 35 years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) was able to fund the dredging project and expand the turning basin from 800 feet to 1,200 feet, which makes it much safer and more efficient for ships to be turned. Marconi credits U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) for their work to ensure the project was included in the Corps Workplan to be completed this year. Read more about the president's visit in Seacoastonline.
 
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The Port of Vancouver USA received its 13th consecutive clean audit from the Washington State Auditor’s Office (SAO) last month for the period of Jan. 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2021. No deficiencies were found. Julianna Marler, CEO of the Port of Vancouver USA, said, “A 13th consecutive clean audit highlights how committed the Port of Vancouver is to using public resources responsibly.”
 
 
   
In March, the Port of Brownsville’s Brazos Island Harbor Channel Improvement Project was allocated $68 million under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Once the project is complete, the Brownsville Ship Channel will be one of the deepest ship channels in the Gulf of Mexico.
 
 
   
A multimillion-dollar California Energy Commission Grant will help the Port of Long Beach transition to zero-emissions operations by developing infrastructure plans to support electric vehicles at the nation’s second busiest seaport. The $2.5 million award aids the second phase of the Port Community Electric Vehicle Blueprint.
 
 
   
Port Tampa Bay will host its 10th Annual Hurricane Preparedness Exercise on May 24. This year, the National Weather Service will educate attendees on services and products that are available during the approach of a storm, what they are and how they can be used. Additional discussions will include past seasons, outlook for the upcoming season, marine channel forecasts and more.
 
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PhilaPort welcomed the maiden call of a new ocean liner service to The Port of Philadelphia’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. The 6,730-TEU container vessel MSC Michaela is part of the Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC) “Indus 2” service, which will give Philadelphia shippers direct connections to India, Italy, Spain and Portugal.
 
 
   
The Port of Palm Beach, along with its consultants Moffatt & Nichol, are developing a new, strategic master plan that will pave the way for the future of the port. The community can learn more about the project, participate in a survey and attend any online livestreaming of hybrid public meetings through the project website www.planportofpalmbeach.com
 
The Port of Virginia is the only U.S. East Coast stop for ocean carrier Hapag-Lloyd’s reworked Mediterranean Gulf Coast Express (MGX) that will move cargo overland by rail to California via Virginia. “This is an innovative decision by one of our long-time customers to take advantage of our efficiency and our rail reach into the Midwest,” said Stephen A. Edwards, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority.
 
 
   
The 10th annual World Trade Week event, “Green Tech and Blue Economy,” was held at the Port of Hueneme on May 3 and welcomed over 100 people from around the globe with an interest and involvement in international trade. The event’s emcee Kristin Decas, CEO and port director, gave an overview of the port’s customers, operations, supply chain and impact on the local and regional economy.
 
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Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Director of Operations, Shreveport, LA; Caddo-Bossier Parishes Port Commission

Director of Communications, Galveston, TX; Port of Galveston

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, Camden, NJ; South Jersey Port Corporation

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Director of Transportation System Operations, San Diego, CA; SANDAG

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