AAPA Seaports Advisory
June 15, 2023


Attendees of AAPA’s Smart Ports Summit & Expo will have the opportunity to see first-hand Prosegur’s new Intelligent Security Operations Center (iSOC). This tour is offered on July 20 at the Smart Ports Summit & Expo in Boston, MA, as part of three exclusive tours that explore cutting-edge technologies to enhance port security, engineering, and IT systems.

Participants will experience Prosegur’s iSOC, which combines technology and data processing to remotely manage security and business processes. These tools help organizations protect assets, prevent accidents, and improve efficiency.

The tour features demos, service offerings, and an up-close look at this state-of-the-art security hub—the nerve center for Prosegur’s remote services across North America. Register today!

AAPA and new member bp pulse will host a webinar on June 28 to help ports make the transition to electric vehicles (EVs). Electrifying Port Vehicles 101: How to Make the Transition to EVs and Get Grant Funding to Do It! webinar attendees will hear first-hand experiences from the field, including bp pulse’s work with Red Hook Terminals, best practices for fleet electrification, and how to take advantage of state and federal tax incentives, as well as grant programs. Presenters include
  • Erik Bakke, Assistant Director, Medium/Heavy-Duty Fleets;
  • Tiffany Hammond, Director, Grants Development; and
  • Steve Koerner, VP of Market Development.
The bp pulse team will explain the ins and outs of transitioning to electric port vehicles, from forklifts and yard tractors to drayage.

Register now to join the webinar on June 28 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET.
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University

Last week in Los Angeles, CA, participants explored the latest developments facing ports at the first-ever AAPA Port Administration Management Conference, hosted by the Port of Los Angeles, along with AAPA’s Public Relations, Finance & Administration, and Legal Committees. This gathering proved to be a remarkable platform for industry professionals to come together and gain insights into the latest trends and challenges facing ports worldwide.

The event featured a stellar lineup of main-stage keynote speakers who delivered thought-provoking presentations, as well as deep-dive workshops that delved into critical aspects of port operations. Esteemed guests including Paul Bingham, Director of Global Intelligence & Analytics at Transportation Consulting, S&P Global Market Intelligence, provided valuable insights on the Port Economic Outlook for 2023 and beyond. Gene Seroka, President & CEO of the Port of Los Angeles, shared invaluable tips on addressing the media effectively.

The panel discussions were a highlight of the event, addressing topics of interest to the attendees. One panel explored how artificial intelligence can enhance port operations and management, showcasing the innovative approaches being adopted by the industry. Another panel focused on the pressing issue of The Great Resignation, Reset, Reshuffle, and Retention, offering strategies to navigate workforce challenges in the future. Participants also had the opportunity to learn about Telling Your Ports Story: Offense and Defense, shedding light on effective communication tactics. Other panels covered essential topics such as cyber risk and insurance, offshore wind deals for sustainability, and contract liability management.

Amid the busy program schedule, networking opportunities during lunches and evening receptions fostered connections and collaborations among industry professionals. Attendees were also treated to an up-close look at the Port of Los Angeles, offering a unique chance to witness its impressive operations firsthand.

The Port Professional Manager (PPM) cohort had a chance to engage in special learning and outreach workshops during the event. This further exemplifies AAPA’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of port professionals and equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge.

Thank you to all the speakers, panelists, and participants who made this event a resounding success. Their active involvement and contributions enriched the discussions and helped create a vibrant and collaborative environment. AAPA is excited to bring you more high-quality events and initiatives in the coming months.

The Port of San Diego has released the fourth edition of its Blue Economy Incubator (BEI) Highlights Report, which outlines a new partnership with the NavalX Southern California Tech Bridge and the performance of each active project based on indicators linked to environmental, social, and financial benefits. The report covers five ongoing projects, two of which were recently featured on the TODAY Show on NBC, and gives an overview of four completed projects.
For the third consecutive month, cargo volume at the Port of Los Angeles increased in May, with the port handling 779,140 TEUs for the month. While that is a drop of about 19% compared to last May, it represents a 60% increase in cargo since February.
Liebherr USA Company
The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) alongside its tenants at the Fish Pier and local elected officials celebrated the official opening of Boxes at the Boston Fish Pier, a dynamic and visually distinctive container installation located at the head of the pier along Northern Avenue. The event commemorated World Ocean Day and provided attendees the opportunity to learn about the seafood industry and Boston’s relationship with its Harbor.
The Port of South Louisiana (PortSL) and HOST agreed to extend the due diligence period related to PortSL’s acquisition of Avondale Global Gateway. The extension will allow PortSL’s team of experts to complete a feasibility analysis of the proposed acquisition.
Port Everglades released its annual economic impact report for FY 2022, indicating significant growth compared to the previous fiscal year. The study, conducted by Martin Associates, measures the port’s impact in terms of jobs, personal earnings, business revenue, and state and local taxes.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority announced the winners of the annual Blue Circle Awards, which celebrate environmental leadership by tenants and customers at Port of Vancouver. Seven cruise lines, 11 shipping lines, and four coastal marine operators were recognized for outstanding efforts to reduce emissions and underwater noise in 2022.
Galveston Wharves, along with its tenants and maritime partners, hosted its annual hurricane preparedness meeting to review the season forecast, preparations and response plans. Attendees were updated by the National Weather Service, U.S. Coast Guard, and Port of Galveston staff.
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The Regional Planning Commission and Port of New Orleans will jointly fund a feasibility study marking the next phase of the St. Bernard Transportation Corridor. The infrastructure project will include roadway improvements to support the Louisiana International Terminal, a $1.8 billion container terminal planned by the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) in Violet, LA.
The conclusion of the 2023 state legislative session demonstrated support for the Alabama Port Authority, with the state allocating $20 million to the McDuffie Coal Terminal and increasing current port incentives to provide greater benefits to businesses. Both were signed into law by Governor Kay Ivey.
Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch on Monday addressed the Georgia Foreign Trade Conference, held on Sea Island, highlighting trends in population and manufacturing growth, as well as overseas production driving cargo increases at the Port of Savannah. GPA has $1.9 billion in infrastructure projects under way, which will accommodate big ships and add 3.5 million TEUs of new annual terminal capacity.
In celebration of World Oceans Day, the Port of Hueneme held a Sustaining the Seas Summit on June 8, at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum in Oxnard, CA. The event was an opportunity for the Port of Hueneme, maritime industry companies, environmentalists, and community organizations to gather to discuss partnerships focused on the sustainability of the world’s oceans.
Green Marine
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Chief Executive Officer, Corpus Christi, TX; Port of Corpus Christi

Senior Maritime Projects Administrator, Oakland, CA; Port of Oakland

PNWA Executive Director, Portland, OR; Karras Consulting

Assistant Director of Maintenance, Long Beach, CA; Port of Long Beach

Chief Operations Officer, Tacoma, WA; Northwest Seaport Alliance

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

Outdoor Education Teacher, Charleston, SC; Charleston Collegiate School

Electronics Officer, U.S. Merchant Marine, Nationwide; American Radio Association
Jul 2023
July 19-21, Boston, MA
Oct 2023
October 22-25, Aurora, CO
Dec 2023
December 4-6, Barranquilla, Colombia
South Jersey Port Corporation
Orion Marine Group