AAPA Seaports Advisory
May 19, 2022
On Monday, May 23, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. ET, the Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD) is holding a panel called "Maritime Decarbonization: It's Complicated" in honor of National Maritime Day (Sunday, May 22). The event will focus on the challenges of decarbonizing the U.S. maritime industry and identifying how the public and private sectors can better collaborate across multiple components of each sector. Acting Administrator Lucinda Lessley will host the event and Michael Carter, associate administrator at Office of Environment and Compliance, will moderate. Panelists include Kathy Metcalf of Chamber of Shipping of America, Andrew Wishnia of Department of Transportation's Office of the Secretary of Transportation, Ian Gansler of American Association of Port Authorities, and Ingrid Irigoyen of Aspen Institute. To register for the event, use this link. To submit a question or topic for discussion in advance, email maradpressoffice@dot.gov no later than May 20.
AAPA is pleased to announce the hiring of new staff to fill vacant positions and recognition of staff promotions in the association. An updated organizational chart can be found here.  Margaret (Maggie) Soergel has joined AAPA as the new Director of Conferences and Events. Maggie brings a variety of experience including event management and strategy development from her previous work with The Hill, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and most recently as Director of Strategy for LGND Analytics. She is a graduate of Washington & Lee University.
Elizabeth (Liz) Mancini will join AAPA on May 31 as Manager of Member Experience. Liz brings deep association experience from The Business Council of New York State, The Estate Planning Council of New York City, International Association of Special Investigation Units, and most recently with Capitol Hill Management Services. She is a graduate of the State University of New York-Oswego.
Sean Callahan has been named as AAPA’s new Director of Navigation Policy and Legislation and will join the association on May 31. Sean’s well-established legislative experience includes policy advisor, legislative director and Deputy Chief of Staff in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Most recently, Sean has been a senior policy advisor at Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck in Washington, D.C. Throughout his D.C. tenure, he has worked with constituents and clients on authorizations and appropriations involving water resources. Sean graduated from the University of Hawaii, holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs from American University, and matriculated at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Executive Leaders Program. Sean will replace Jim Walker who formally retired last December but has been working on a part-time basis. Jim’s last day is June 30, 2022.
AAPA’s Shannon McLeod has been promoted to Senior Director of Member Services. Shannon will oversee the development and advancement of AAPA’s value proposition to its members. She will continue to manage and enhance AAPA’s workforce and professional development programs and accreditation of current and future leaders in the port and maritime industry. Shannon will champion AAPA’s efforts to facilitate greater data sharing among its members and the broader freight movement community, including the acquisition and distribution of industry statistics, surveys, market studies and other relevant research.

Julie Barelas has been promoted to Workforce and Professional Development Associate and will support all aspects of AAPA’s workforce and professional development activities. Julie is committed to serving and supporting workforce development in the port and maritime industries and will continue her work on AAPA's Department of Labor ACCELerate apprenticeship grant.

Maranda Jones-Anderson has been promoted to Senior Director of Finance and Administration, as well as treasurer of the association. Since joining AAPA in July 2020, Maranda has worked tirelessly to streamline its financial management, accounting and reporting routines, and has taken on the human resources function and helped to significantly improve the employee onboarding and overall employment experience.
AAPA celebrates the long career of Jim Walker, Director of Navigation Policy and Legislation, as he retires from the workforce. Jim is responsible for handling waterside infrastructure issues and relevant legislative and regulatory matters, including AAPA’s Quality Partnership Initiative (QPI) with the Army Corps of Engineers. He also serves as staff liaison to the Harbors and Navigation Committee. Following a 36-year career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jim's responsibilities at AAPA are considerable and include AAPA's efforts to improve navigation policies, legislation and funding. He was instrumental in forwarding Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) legislation and proper tax allocation, collaborating with national and regional navigation support organizations for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funding requests, which helped HMTF funding nearly triple from $800 million in 2013 to $2.32 billion in 2023. Jim's work for AAPA is invaluable and he will be sorely missed. Jim would like to thank Harbors and Navigation Committee members, dedicated Congressional staffers, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leaders, AAPA staff and the AAPA Government Relations team, as he transitions into retirement.
Dinesh Sharma, Director of London-based Drewry Maritime Advisors, will speak about private investment in ports at AAPA’s Shifting Trade Seminar, June 15-16, in Tampa, Fla. His presentation will provide insights on opportunities for investment, including environmental capital expenditure projects such as building microgrids at ports.
Sharma leads port projects for multi-lateral development banks, private investors, terminal operators and shipping lines on a wide range of advisory assignments covering market due diligence and transaction advice, trade/freight demand modeling, tariff, revenue, financial and operations modeling, business plan appraisals, and developing business strategy for container terminals and general cargo terminals.
Drewry is a respected source of impartial market insight and industry analysis. Its team has completed over 400 port assignments in 50 countries, in the past 10 years. And since 2010, Drewry has provided commercial/due diligence advice in port M&A and financing with a value of approximately $20B.
The AAPA Shifting Trade Seminar examines global trade forecasts and economic trends that affect the port industry. Registration, hotel information and the agenda can be found here
Trimble Heavy Industry
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
Join AAPA member ION for a webinar on its Data-Led Emissions Management (D-LEMA) project that has successfully demonstrated a proof-of-concept digital solution for monitoring vessel emissions in port, allowing port managers to identify activities that contribute to high levels of GHG emissions. The webinar will be held on Thursday, May 26 at 9:00 a.m. ET (2:00 p.m. London).

Presenter Graham Howe, Business Development Director, Operations Optimization, ION, will discuss the D-LEMA project and how widely available vessel data was used to estimate emissions in ports. Participants will learn about the methodology used as well as the preliminary results from the project in a working UK port. Register for the webinar here.
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!
Do you have any open positions that require a specific skillset and you’re having trouble finding qualified candidates? The AAPA Career Center is a place for both job seekers and employers in the port industry to come together. This targeted site works much like LinkedIn or Indeed, but it is geared toward the port industry. Registered job seekers can browse and apply for positions that employers have posted. Employers can create a profile that allows them to post positions. Interested? Take a peek here: www.aapa-ports.org/empowering/CareerCenter.aspx.
Plus, we are celebrating United for Infrastructure 2022 (May 16-20) for a month instead of a week! For the next 30 days, use code "250FF4INFRA" for a 25% discount at the AAPA Career Center.
For over 70 years, Freyssinet has been involved in numerous projects on five continents, making it the world leader in its specialized areas of pre-stressing, construction methods, cable-stayed structures, structural accessories and the repair, reinforcement and maintenance of concrete structures. These activities are performed on a wide range of structures, including: civil structures such as utility tunnels, piers and wharfs, commercial and academic buildings, industrial installations, parking garages, power production plants, LNG tanks, offshore platforms, transportation infrastructure, sporting facilities and more. Freyssinet operates as General Contractor, Specialty Subcontractor and supplier of proprietary products and equipment.

TYLin is a globally connected and collaborative engineering company with 3,000+ professionals worldwide. With 62 offices across the Americas, Europe and the Asia Pacific, TYLin delivers world-class infrastructure to public and private clients through technical excellence and innovation. TYLin’s extensive expertise in port facilities, terminal development, intermodal systems and landside access reflects its understanding of the global maritime industry needs, including specialty areas such as inland waterways, locks and dam structures, and inland ports.
Skyline Steel, LLC
Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy
The Gerald Desmond Bridge, a critical transportation corridor that served the Port of Long Beach for more than 50 years, was officially retired in a special ceremony with Desmond family members in attendance. Opened in 1968, the Gerald Desmond Bridge was named after a former Long Beach city attorney and city councilman who helped secure funding to build the 5,134-foot-long through-arch bridge.
The Alabama Port Authority released its April 2022 results for container volumes through the Port of Mobile showing a 39.7% increase over April 2021 volumes. The port’s container intermodal transfer facility posted 112.6% growth in volumes handled, and refrigerated cargo also maintained its double-digit growth, posting a 57.9% gain over April 2021 volumes. The Port of Long Beach achieved its most active April, continuing a streak of single-month records set in 2022. Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 820,718 TEUs of container cargo last month, up 10% from the previous record set in April 2021. The Port of Los Angeles handled 887,357 TEUs in April 2022, the second-best April in its 115-year history. Four months in to 2022, the port has processed more than 3.5 million TEUs, 1% ahead of last year’s record pace.
Port Saint John is celebrating 10 years with the container line Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), which began calling on Port Saint John in 2012. To honor this milestone, the port is donating to the MSC Foundation, which has a mission to utilize MSC’s global reach and unique knowledge of the sea to take immediate action that contributes to protecting and nurturing the blue planet and all its people.
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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Port of Benton has appointed Summers Miya as its Public Information Officer. She will serve as the official spokesperson for the port and lead collaborative and comprehensive communications strategies as chief consultant to all port departments. Miya started with the port in March 2020 as Executive Administrator and previously worked for Visit Tri-Cities. She has more than a decade of experience in communications and marketing.
The Port of Vancouver USA shared its annual Port Report, providing an overview of the organization’s performance in 2021. Watch this 13-minute “state of the port” presentation to learn more about some of the successes the port achieved in 2021, including a sneak peek at some of the exciting activities taking place at the port in 2022.
The Port of Long Beach Community Grants Program has been bestowed with a prestigious Sustainability Award by the Southern California Association of Governments, in recognition of the $65 million-plus initiative’s efforts to mitigate the effects of goods movement on local neighborhoods. SCAG gave the prize to the port this month in the annual award’s Equity category.
Green Marine
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Chief Financial Officer, Hood River, OR; Jensen Strategies, LLC
Wharfinger, Oakland, CA; Port of Oakland
Director of Operations, Shreveport, LA; Caddo-Bossier Parishes Port Commission

Director of Communications, Galveston, TX; Port of Galveston

Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs
, Camden, NJ; South Jersey Port Corporation

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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