AAPA Seaports Advisory
September 29, 2022
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has announced the availability of $100 million this year (and every year for five years) via its Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) grants program. The FY2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) indicates port authorities are eligible to apply for projects using technology or sensors to improve energy efficiency or reduce pollution. The deadline to submit applications is 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT on November 18, 2022. Instructions for applying are available on the SMART Grants webpage.
DockTech, an AAPA Industry Solution Provider (ISP) member, works to increase utilization and safety of navigation in ports by developing a digital twin of the waterway. Understanding the waterway conditions in real-time and in the near future, is crucial for safe navigation, avoiding groundings, reducing downtimes, and more. Consider DockTech for SMART grant partnerships.
USDOT hosted a webinar on How to Apply for a SMART Grant (Thursday, September 29, 2022). The webinar recording and presentation slides will be available online.
As Port Tampa Bay continues to coordinate with federal, state, and local agencies, as well as the maritime community to respond to the impacts of Hurricane Ian, we want to express sincere appreciation to those who helped our port prepare and recover. We are especially thankful to the U.S. Coast Guard. Currently, the Coast Guard is working in coordination with the Port Heavy Weather Advisory Group, to conduct detailed assessments of the port, waterways, and channels. 
Additionally, the port’s PUSH teams are in the process of fully assessing docks, wharfs, and terminals. Port Tampa Bay is working with our fuel terminal operators and fuel trucks are being allowed in and out of our port to serve our region. 
We will continue to provide updates to our port operations on our website and social media pages. Port Tampa Bay has resumed landside operations and once we have been given clearance by the Coast Guard, we will return to vessel operations as soon as safely possible. Our current priorities are safety of life, protection of the environment, and a full return to cargo and cruise operations.
What are the maritime security issues that keep policymakers, government authorities, and industry thought leaders up at night? Join Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Linda Fagan, Federal Maritime Commissioner Carl Bentzel, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Port Director Bethann Rooney, AAPA President and CEO Chris Connor, and others for a dynamic, one-day forum in Manhattan on October 6. New York Council Navy League invites you to the inaugural New York Maritime Security Conference to be held Thursday, October 6, at the Helen Mills Event Space and Theater, NYC. Visit the conference website for full program details.
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Trade Currents is an international trade analysis firm that is focused on improving the understanding of U.S. international goods trade including the value and volume of trade by international trading partners, how commodities are transported by mode, and how trade volumes and patterns are likely to change in the future. The company is a collaborative of well-known trade economists and analysts who have extensive experience in collecting, analyzing, and forecasting port and economic trends.
A significant piece of loading equipment was recently delivered to Port Milwaukee for The DeLong Co., Inc. agricultural maritime export facility. The Made in America ship loader traveled more than 1,500 miles by barge from New Orleans, up the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers to Jones Island. This equipment is capable of loading 40,000 bushel/1100 ton per hour onto both vessels and barges.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority released its 2022 mid-year statistics for goods moving through the Port of Vancouver. Overall cargo declined 11% to 68.3 million from 76.4 million metric tons (MMT) compared to the same period last year, reflecting impacts of a poor Canadian grain harvest, congestion caused by 2021 flooding in British Columbia, and global and national supply-chain challenges.
The Port of Greater Baton Rouge welcomed a specially designed pedestal crane mounted on a barge, which will be utilized by Louis Dreyfus Company’s grain elevator during periods of high and low water to help unload grain barges shipped via the Mississippi River. According to Port Executive Director Jay Hardman, the floating crane will help address the problem of fluctuating water levels and could be a boon for farmers in the port region and in other areas.
Highlighting its commitment to safety at all levels of its operations, the Port of Corpus Christi has achieved a new milestone by becoming the first port in the state to obtain the Texas Cyberstar Certification. The Cyberstar Certificate Program was launched in May by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) to recognize public and private organizations in the state that voluntarily meet specific criteria for cybersecurity best practices.
To address the issue of energy transition, the Port of Montreal recently published the white paper The Energy Transition: Challenges and Opportunities in collaboration with Claude Comtois, Professor Emeritus in Geography at the Université de Montreal, regular member of UdeM’s Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT) and academic advisor to the MPA.
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The Port of Oakland has joined forces with the West Oakland Job Resource Center (WOJRC) to train workers for green jobs in the transportation and logistics industry. WOJRC received a $350,000 grant from the California Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Program. The Port of Oakland supported WOJRC during the application process and will provide on-going technical assistance in the program’s administration.
Taylor Machine Works, Inc. introduced the new CLEAR-VU Operator Station across its entire X-Series Heavy Duty Lift Truck lineup. Improved posture for the operator is a key benefit of the new CLEAR-VU operator station. All the features that were previously on the dash panel are now at the operators’ fingertips.
The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) welcomed the inaugural delivery of Hyundai automobiles to its South Harbor in Tacoma last week. This new partnership between GLOVIS America, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions (WWS), and NWSA will lead to a significant increase in both finished vehicles and breakbulk operations, and increased business to local partners.
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Port Fourchon announced interim port Commissioner Ted Savoie was sworn into office at a special meeting of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission on September 26. Savoie takes his place at Seat E, which was left vacant by the resignation of Curtis Pierce. The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) elected Jack C. Jensen, Jr. to serve as board chairman, succeeding Charles H. Ponstein, whose term as chairman ended this month. Also elected were Joseph F. Toomy, who will serve as Vice Chairman, and Walter J. Leger, Jr., who will serve as Secretary-Treasurer for the nine-month term. The Port of Redwood City’s Board of Port Commissioners voted to elect three commissioners to officer positions. Commissioners Ralph Garcia, Lorianna Kastrop and Stan Maupin will assume the leadership roles of chair, vice chair, and secretary, respectively, for the Port Commission.
Nissan North America has chosen the Port of Brunswick, Ga., as a new point of entry to serve U.S. markets. Nissan North America joins two dozen other major auto manufacturers at Colonel’s Island. The Port of Brunswick recently received federal approval to add a fourth berth at Colonel’s Island.
Green Marine
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
HR Manager, Talent Acquisition and Development, Long Beach, CA; Port of Long Beach

Senior Manager, Maritime Planning, Seattle, WA; Port of Seattle

Chief Administrative Officer, Reserve, LA; Port of South Louisiana

Assistant Professor in Supply Chain and Operations Management (International Trade and Logistics) –Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, Hong Kong, China; Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Assistant Professor in Supply Chain and Operations Management – Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, Hong Kong, China; Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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