AAPA Seaports Advisory
April 13, 2023
On April 5, the annual Western Hemisphere Ports Day was another success, as ports and industry partners joined forces to celebrate the vital role of ports. This year’s theme, Strong Ports, Strong People, reflects the port industry’s steadfast efforts to build for a resilient future, ensure supply chain efficiencies, and foster professional development. AAPA thanks every port and industry partner who contributed to this important awareness event. You can follow the Ports Day posts at #CelebratingPortsDay #PortsDay #SeaportsDeliver. For Ports Day promotional offerings the entire month of April, visit AAPA's membership center
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
Paul Bingham, Director of Global Intelligence and Analytics for S&P Global Market Intelligence, will be sharing his expert forecasts for worldwide trade at the new AAPA Port Administration Management Conference taking place June 6-7 in San Pedro, CA. Bingham will address key commercial indicators in his presentation on The Port Economic Outlook 2023 and Beyond.

At S&P, Bingham manages multimodal freight transportation market analysis and forecasting for public and private sector clients. He is the former chair of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences Transportation Research Board (TRB) Freight Systems Group and a member of the TRB Committee on Freight Transportation Economics and Regulation and Committee on Agriculture and Food Transportation. He is the former Chair of the TRB Task Force on the Value of Transportation Infrastructure and the former Chair of the Freight Transportation Data Committee. Paul served on the National Council of the Transportation Research Forum and is a former member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Transportation.

The Port Administration Management Conference is a brand-new event created to cover the latest on legal, finance, real estate, communications and public relations, workforce development, and diversity and inclusion topics. This program is powered by AAPA’s Legal, Public Relations, Finance and Administration committees, and it includes special meetings and workshops tailored for each committee. 

Register today to receive the member early bird rate ending April 21.
The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) has announced the launch of its 2023 Rail Cargo Incentive Program aimed at driving growth and cost-effective operations in the Pacific Northwest region. The program will increase cargo volumes in the gateway while reducing costs to importers and exporters that utilize the NWSA gateway and their rail partners.
The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) has partnered with Northern Health to support its Surgical Equipment Optimization Program at Prince Rupert Regional Hospital through a $60,000 commitment from PRPA’s Community Investment Fund. PRPA’s Community Investment Fund has contributed over $630,000 to the purchase of new medical equipment and other upgrades over the past decade.
The first cruise ship of the season, the Sapphire Princess, arrived in Vancouver yesterday, officially starting what could be a record season for the industry locally. A total of 331 cruise ships are scheduled to visit Canada Place cruise terminal at the Port of Vancouver between April 12 and October 24, an increase of approximately 8% compared to 2022.
The Port of Bellingham's Marine Trades Job Fair is set to return to Bellingham’s waterfront on May 4. This free event offers students and community members the opportunity to network with working waterfront employers who are actively recruiting employees, learn more about training and internship opportunities, and try-a-trade in the marine industry.
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Port Fourchon announced newly elected Port Commissioner Reggie Ledet was sworn into office at a formal ceremony on April 12, officially taking his place at Seat E during the Greater Lafourche Port Commission’s monthly board meeting. Ledet was chosen by voters of the 10th Ward of Lafourche Parish at a special election on March 25.
The Port of Vancouver USA’s free public tours are back again in 2023 with 10 tours offered between May and September. Each tour features a briefing about the Columbia Snake River System and how cargo moves on the river, an overview of the port’s commercial and industrial operations, the port’s budget and governance, and a look at current projects.
Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor opened the 2023 international shipping season on April 11 with the arrival of Polsteam’s Isadora, a bulk carrier coming from Ijmuiden, Netherlands through the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes. To commemorate the first ocean vessel of the year, the captain was presented with the Ports of Indiana ‘Steel Stein.’
The Northwest Seaport Alliance’s Terminal 5 welcomed MSC Brunella as the first vessel to plug-in to the terminal’s shore power infrastructure. On April 10, the commissioning phase of the Terminal’s shore power project component was finalized as the nearly 9,000 TEU vessel successfully utilized clean energy from the City of Seattle’s electrical grid to power the vessel while at berth.
The St. Bernard Port and Associated Terminals participated in Who Works the Rivers, an activity-based program that teaches teens the importance of the St. Bernard Port and its career opportunities. Local high school students learned about the importance of the maritime industry, history of the port, benefits, levels of employment, income, as well as what it takes to get hired.
Green Marine
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Director of Commercial Development, Mobile, AL; Alabama State Port Authority

Chief Real Estate Officer, Oakland, CA; Port of Oakland, CA

Associate Port Strategic Planner, Oakland, CA; Port of Oakland

Management Assistant, Oakland, CA; Port of Oakland

PAMP Project Controls Engineer, Anchorage, AK; Port of Alaska

Director of Trade Development, Everett, WA; Port of Everett

Electronics Officer, U.S. Merchant Marine, Nationwide; American Radio Association
Apr 2023
April 18-20, Portland, OR
Jun 2023
June 6-7, San Pedro, CA
Jul 2023
July 19-21, Boston, MA
Oct 2023
October 22-25, Aurora, CO
Dec 2023
December 4-6, Barranquilla, Colombia
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South Jersey Port Corporation
Orion Marine Group