AAPA Seaports Advisory
November 4, 2022
 
   
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Ports Initiative has announced listening sessions to solicit feedback on the forthcoming grants to Reduce Air Pollution at Ports program. The program was funded at $3 billion by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The two listening sessions will take place on:
EPA is specifically requesting feedback on questions, including: the types of zero-emission port technologies or related planning support most critical for delivering emissions reductions; the biggest hurdles to transitioning to zero-emission port equipment; whether this program will complement other available funding programs supporting efforts to reduce emissions at ports; and more.

AAPA encourages members to submit comments on program implementation to cleanports@epa.gov. Please include a link to AAPA's Advocacy Update on the passage of IRA.
 
Trimble Heavy Industry
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
 
   
Last week, MARAD announced $703 million in grant awards for the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP), a greater amount than any year in the program’s history. Bolstered by additional funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), this year’s PIDP awards are an unprecedented investment in U.S. port infrastructure. MARAD released a statement announcing the awards, in addition to a full list of project awards.

The announcement reflects the substantial increase in available funds for PIDP made possible by the historic BIL. This funding will continue to augment PIDP for the next several years, through Federal Fiscal Year 2026 (FY2026). AAPA is committed to working with MARAD to ensure these grant funds are released in a timely manner and available for projects where they will have the most impact.
 
 
   
Based on the level of interest and the busy holiday season, AAPA is canceling the Commissioners Seminar scheduled for December. AAPA remains committed to providing valuable programming for its port commissioners and will be adding content to its 2023 Legislative Summit and Annual Convention. Anyone who has registered for the Commissioners Seminar will be contacted directly to transfer your registration to another AAPA event. We apologize for the inconvenience.
 
Burns & McDonnell
 
   
The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) announced progress on the Louisiana International Terminal in St. Bernard Parish, including investments in sustainability, updates on transportation infrastructure, and a new terminal design that directly addresses early community input on traffic, neighborhood buffers, drainage and more. The $1.5 billion container facility on the Lower Mississippi River will serve larger vessels coming online in the container industry.
 
 
   
Cruise tourism has firmly regained its footing at the Port of Prince Rupert. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the port saw a 230% increase in cruise passenger volumes versus 2019 — the last time cruise ships were operating in Canada. This year marked the busiest cruise season in over a decade with 40,998 cruise passengers transiting through the port. The Port of Vancouver welcomed a record 306 cruise ship visits in 2022, an increase of 6% compared to 2019.  “It’s been fantastic to see cruise ships and passengers back in town after the two-year pause through the height of the pandemic,” said Robin Silvester, president and CEO of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.
 
Port of Benton has received an unmodified audit opinion on its fiscal year 2021 financial statements from the Washington State Auditor’s Office. The auditor’s office reported no deficiencies in the design or operation of internal financial reporting controls and the financial position of the port. Fitch Ratings has affirmed the "A" rating for Port Tampa Bay’s approximately $79 million in outstanding revenue bonds and notes. The "A" rating reflects the port's diversified operating revenues coupled with a strong fiscal position, evidenced by strong liquidity and low leverage. 
 
 
   
The Port of Grays Harbor released its draft plan that will serve as the roadmap for the modernization of the Westport Marina. Port staff have worked with consultant Moffatt & Nichol over the past 9 months to develop the Westport Marina Modernization Plan.
 
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Maritime exploration and technology company Ocean Aero’s new headquarters will occupy 67,000 square feet of renovated warehouse space on the Port of Gulfport’s East Pier, with design and buildout provided by AnderCorp and Machado Patano Design Group. The move is expected to create an additional 45 jobs by the end of 2022.
 
More than 120 people attended the Port of Galveston’s open house on October 26 to learn more about what’s happening at the port. Representatives from the port, Royal Caribbean International and Ceres Terminals Holdings LLC staffed six information stations. Attendees included Galveston residents, U.S. Congressman Randy Weber and staff, Texas Senator Larry Taylor, Galveston City Council members, Galveston Wharves Board trustees, news media and travel bloggers.
 
 
   
The Port of Palm Beach District Board of Commissioners recognized Commissioner Katherine Waldron for her six years of service as a Port Commissioner, during its Board Meeting last week. Waldron spearheaded several community projects while serving on the Port Commission. Her last day as Port Commissioner will be November 8, 2023.
 
 
   
The Port of Los Angeles has partnered with EarthCam, the leader in live camera technology, to provide 24/7 streaming services for its LA Waterfront live camera. An upgraded 4K camera that streams in high resolution and shares panoramic views from the center of the port’s main channel will replace the port’s older web camera.
 
Green Marine
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Sr. Project Engineer, Corpus Christi, TX; Port of Corpus Christi

Director of Procurement Services, Corpus Christi, TX; Port of Corpus Christi

Project Engineer, Corpus Christi, TX; Port of Corpus Christi

Finance Director, Olympia, WA; Port of Olympia

Manager of Government Affairs (Federal), Corpus Christi, TX; Port of Corpus Christi

Operations Superintendent, Vancouver, WA; Port of Vancouver USA

Homeland Security and Emergency Management Position, College Station, TX; Texas A&M University / The Bush School of Government & Public Service
 
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