AAPA Seaports Advisory
August 10, 2023
AAPA is thrilled to welcome back SeaPort Manatee as a Corporate Member. SeaPort Manatee is committed to the port industry’s priorities of shared best practices, promoting sustainability initiatives, strengthening regional economies and supply chains, workforce development, and community relations.

Executive Director Carlos Buqueras, and recently elected Chairman of the Florida Ports Council, is globally renowned for his visionary achievements in all facets of seaport business development and operations. As one of Florida’s largest and fastest growing ports, SeaPort Manatee moves more than 11 million tons of containerized, breakbulk, bulk, and project cargo each year including fresh produce, forestry products, petroleum products, citrus juice products, fertilizer, steel, aluminum, automobiles, cement, aggregate, and more. More than $5.1 billion in annual economic impact is generated by SeaPort Manatee, while providing for more than 37,000 direct and indirect jobs, all without benefit of local property tax support. Please join AAPA in welcoming SeaPort Manatee.
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University

In anticipation of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) $3 billion Clean Ports Program, AAPA will convene a webinar on how ports can effectively design community-relations programs. With more federal funding available for port infrastructure than ever before, and with new initiatives to prioritize funding that will benefit historically disadvantaged communities, this webinar is designed to give port authorities guidance on how to approach new and existing port-community relationships.

The webinar will take place Tuesday, August 22, at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT. Advance registration via Zoom is required to participate.

AAPA expects EPA to place a heavy emphasis on proven community relations efforts when it designs the Clean Ports Program. Several AAPA ports have already forged constructive relationships with their local communities. This webinar will highlight one, the Port of Hueneme, which has already set a high standard for its efforts. Miguel Rodriguez, Community Outreach Manager for the port, along with Carolina Gallardo Magana, resident of the Hueneme community, will share their insights, best practices, and answer questions.

The panel will also feature Harold Rickenbacker, EPA Ports Initiative staff, who will offer his perspective on how EPA thinks about community-relations programs as well as best practices they have observed in port authorities across the country. Terrance Bankston, Senior Ports and Freight Campaigner at Friends of the Earth, will also provide a community organizer’s perspective. Friends of the Earth works with communities across the nation to forge constructive relationships with port authorities and agencies in other infrastructure and economic sectors. Webinar attendees must be AAPA members, and all attendees will have a chance to ask questions and provide comments. Reach out to Ian Gansler, Manager of Energy, Resilience, and Sustainability Policy with any questions or input.

BollardScan provides a nondestructive dynamic test designed for the inspection of dockside bollards in order to assess the integrity of the bollard structure and evaluate the condition of the bollard mountings. BollardScan confirms the safe working load of dockside bollards and quick-release hooks.
The Georgia Ports Authority handled record roll-on/roll-off, an increase of 18 percent, or nearly 109,000 units, over the previous year. “The Port of Brunswick achieved strong growth in the import and export of heavy machinery, while auto manufacturers’ improved microchip supply also meant an increase in vehicles,” said GPA President/CEO Griff Lynch.
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Ozinga, a fourth-generation family-owned construction materials company, celebrated the official opening of its cement terminal at the Port of Palm Beach on July 27 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. This cement terminal includes a one-of-a-kind cement storage facility that was designed in a cooperative effort between Ozinga, the Port of Palm Beach, and the City of Riviera Beach to enhance the visual landscape of the area and complement the marine environment.
The Brazos Island Harbor (BIH) Channel Improvement Project continues to move forward. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) is in receipt of the Notice to Proceed to perform essential improvements to the Brownsville ship channel for NextDecade Corporation’s Rio Grande LNG project at the Port of Brownsville. GLDD is set to commence Phase 1 of the project later this year.
The Port of Grays Harbor, as Lead Agency, in accordance with the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), issued a Mitigated Determination of Non-Significance (MDNS) today for the port’s Terminal 4 Expansion & Redevelopment Project. Based on the number of supporting documents and studies, the port has established a 30-day comment period for public review instead of the 14-day period required by state law.
The Port of Oakland held a Proposal Writing and Business Development Exposition and Workshop last week. The event was designed to help local, small, and diverse contractors to gain skills that help them access contractor opportunities on large construction projects. The event at Webcor’s Alameda offices also offered networking and information about current and future business opportunities.
The Port of Long Beach awarded $219,500 in scholarships for 154 local college and high school students to assist in their pursuit of higher-education degrees in port-related fields from engineering to international business.
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Last week, industry leaders and stakeholders gathered with Port Everglades Terminal (PET) for a reception at Port Everglades to commemorate the strategic move of Mediterranean Shipping Company's (MSC) Santana service from Miami to PET, the ongoing improvements in terminal operations, and the commitment to delivering exceptional service to clients.

The Port of Oakland celebrated important milestones for two major transportation improvement projects that included a ribbon-cutting for the Freight Intelligent Transportation Systems (FITS) Project and the groundbreaking for the 7th Street Grade Separation East Segment (7SGSE) Project.
After 2 years of construction, the Port of Montreal has officially opened its new overpass over Notre-Dame Street East in the Viau sector. Intended to remove close to 1,500 trucks a day from the local road network, this new infrastructure will improve the efficiency and fluidity of freight transport.
SeaPort Manatee has a newly promoted team of senior staff members leading business development initiatives for the Southwest and Central Florida trade hub. Effective August 7, Troy Layton is SeaPort Manatee’s director of business development, while Malcolm Edwards assumes the role of deputy director of business development.

The Port of Oakland appointed two acting directors, replacing retired port leaders. Colleen Liang was appointed acting director of the Environmental Programs and Planning (EP&P) division and Dorin Tiutin was appointed acting director of the Commercial Real Estate division. In addition, Matt Davis was named Chief Public Engagement Officer (CPEO), a newly created role to bring the divisions of Communications, Governmental Affairs, and Social Responsibility under one roof. Davis currently leads the port’s Governmental Affairs Division and will assume his new position in addition to his current duties.

U.S. Ports Brace for Highest Import Cargo Volume in Almost a Year
Mike Schuler, GCaptain

Import cargo volume at major U.S. container ports is expected to reach its highest level in nearly a year this month as retailers prepare for the winter holidays, the National Retail Federation said Monday.

The resolution of critical labor negotiations means retailers can now focus on upcoming the holiday import season. West Coast ports and United Parcel Service have reached tentative contract agreements, while a Canadian port strike ended with a tentative agreement that was ratified on Friday. Ratification processes are ongoing for the other agreements. Read More...

The Era of Ultracheap Stuff Is Under Threat
Factories across Asia are struggling to attract young workers, which is bad news for Western consumers accustomed to inexpensive goods
Jon Emont, Wall Street Journal

The workplace features floor-to-ceiling windows and a cafe serving matcha tea, as well as free yoga and dance classes. Every month, workers gather at team-building sessions to drink beer, drive go-karts, and go bowling.

This isn’t Google. It’s a garment factory in Vietnam. 

Asia, the world’s factory floor and the source of much of the stuff Americans buy, is running into a big problem: Its young people, by and large, don’t want to work in factories.

That’s why the garment factory is trying to make its manufacturing floor more enticing, and why alarm bells are ringing at Western companies that rely on the region’s inexpensive labor to churn out affordable consumer goods. Read More...

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