AAPA Seaports Advisory
August 11, 2022
The Emergency Relief Fund is a program AAPA established through its Foundation for the Seaports of the Americas, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The Emergency Relief Fund provides a cash grant — up to $1,000, depending on need — to port authority employees severely impacted by a disruptive event, such as inland flooding, tropical storms and hurricanes, extreme heat events, wildfires and earthquakes.

The Emergency Relief Fund relies on charitable donations, which are tax-deductible, by ports, organizations, private companies and individuals. 100% of your donation goes toward the cause. Make your donation today, by mail or via wire transfer.

Over the last 16 years, the Emergency Relief Fund has distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to port employees enabling them to find temporary accommodations or buy provisions after disasters strike. In 2021, the Fund assisted more than 315 employees at various ports with their immediate critical needs.

“Having dealt with the full onslaught of a major hurricane, our focus was on so many things in the immediate aftermath of Ida. The Emergency Relief Fund was literally a godsend for our employees. The money that was provided got in their hands quickly so they could begin the lengthy process of rebuilding their lives.” — Chett Chiasson, Executive Director, Greater Lafourche Port Commission
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Matthew Jackson, vice president of business development for Crowley Maritime, is slated to headline the roundtable discussion on Electrification and the Role of Ports at the AAPA Annual Convention & Expo, October 16-19, in Orlando, Fla. Insights will range from enhancing the electric infrastructure at ports, to the installation of microgrid technology, local power generation, at-berth shore power and electric vehicles, in this meaningful exchange. The discussion will also dive in to capital planning and utilizing new federal grants for electrification of operations and vital infrastructure upgrades.

Jackson joined Crowley Maritime in 2002 and has worked in several areas of the company including liner shipping, logistics and petroleum transportation. Crowley, founded in 1892, is a privately-held, U.S.-owned and operated logistics, government, marine and energy solutions company headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. The company has more than 6,300 employees worldwide and operates over 200 vessels globally with annual revenues of more than $2.5 billion. Its land-based facilities and equipment include port terminals, warehouses, tank farms, gas stations, office buildings, trucks, trailers, containers, chassis, cranes and other vehicles.

The AAPA Annual Convention & Expo is the place where planning for the future of the port industry happens. Register for the convention today to be a part of the conversation.
On Sunday, the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act (H.R.5376), the budget reconciliation bill that includes $3 billion over five years to establish a new grant program to install electrified equipment and reduce emission at ports. It also includes funding for ports seeking to purchase alternative-fueled cargo-handling equipment, shore power systems, microgrids for energy resiliency, electric grid infrastructure and more, as well as other provisions ports can utilize. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will administer the grant program. Of the $3 billion in funding, $750 million will be reserved for ports in non-attainment areas.

AAPA members should reach out to their representatives in the House, which is expected to return from recess to pass the bill later this week, likely on Friday, to advocate for the passage of this bill. Likewise, AAPA will continue to work with government and industry to secure the necessary resources to modernize ports and the supply chain.
Port of Redwood City announced the retirement of Commissioner Richard Dodge, after 42 years of port service. Dodge was originally appointed to the Board of Port Commissioners in 1980. His service is one of the longest port commissioner tenures in the United States. As a multi-term past president and current regional coordinator of the Association of Pacific Ports, he is recognized as an international maritime leader. The port will honor Dodge in a port proclamation later this year. Port Executive Director Kristine A. Zortman shared, “Commissioner Dodge played a vital part in shaping the port’s 2020 Strategic Vision and values. He has supported the port throughout challenges during his 42 years of service and most recently helped guide the port through the pandemic. The City of Redwood City and the port are thankful for his service and congratulate him on retirement.” 
IAMPE (the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives) announced its collaboration with Findlay University's All Hazards Training Center (AHTC) to offer a Facility Security Officer (FSO) course. The course will be held at Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) October 4-6, 2022. The deadline to register is September 4. The course is designed for new security professionals who need their USCG FSO certificate as well as experienced security officers and maritime professionals who will benefit from an overview of the latest information and resources on protecting their ports. The FSO course is taught by Laurie Thomas, a highly regarded and experienced instructor of the material. View the full announcement for additional details and to register online
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The Georgia Ports Authority kicked off its new fiscal year with the fastest start ever, handling 530,800 TEUs in July, an increase of 18%. Since January, GPA has moved 3.4 million TEUs, up 231,400 or 7% over its performance during the same period in 2021 – a record year in which GPA handled 5.6 million TEUs. The Port of Long Beach had its busiest July on record despite a cooldown in consumer spending. Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 785,843 TEUs in July, a slim 0.13% increase from the previous record set in July 2021. Imports declined 1.8% to 376,175 TEUs, while exports were down 0.5% to 109,411 TEUs.
The Greater Lafourche Port Commission (GLPC) has partnered with SailPlan to deploy emissions measurement technology throughout Port Fourchon. This work will make Port Fourchon the first port in the world to have a precise 360-degree view of its emissions. GLPC prides itself on playing a role in providing energy throughout the U.S. while working to enhance the environment and fulfill Louisiana’s Climate Action Plan.
In a port update, Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero speaks with Gen. (Ret.) Stephen R. Lyons, recently appointed port and supply chain envoy to the Biden-Harris Administration Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, about challenges facing the supply chain and Lyons' approach to solutions. Watch the coverage in this YouTube video.
Moving over 859,953 TEUs in June 2022, the Port of New York and New Jersey’s cargo volumes remain elevated at 40.7% over pre-pandemic levels (June 2019). The port provided an update on measures being taken to address the current challenges associated with these extraordinarily high volumes, including periods of significant port roadway traffic, instances of longer than normal turn times, limited chassis availability and lack of empty return locations.
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Educational pathways have been identified connecting K-12 school districts and community colleges with port authorities and terminal operators, plus Lamar University is offering advanced degrees in maritime-related fields.
Port of Benton plans to begin construction on the Van Giesen/State Route 224 railroad crossing on August 18 and has contracted with Railworks Track Systems for the replacement project. This project will fully replace the railroad crossing, rail, ties, concrete crossing panels and other improvements. Plans are in place to also replace a second crossing next month. Both rail crossing projects are 100% port-funded.
The Port of Québec has launched the 6th edition of its Historical Pedestrian Rally. Building on last year's success, the Rally will be held again in digital form in collaboration with MySmartJourney, a Québec-based company specializing in the creation of digital routes. An initiative of the Québec Port Authority's employees, the Historical Rally aims to promote the port’s history by encouraging citizens and visitors to explore historical sites, buildings and monuments scattered throughout its territory.
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