AAPA Seaports Advisory
September 21, 2023
AAPA's 112th Annual Convention & Expo Port of Corpus Christi Speaker Series will feature Tim Howard, NBC Sports Premier League Analyst and former U.S. Men’s National Team Goalkeeper, speaking on "Premier” Instincts: Perseverance, Overcoming Adversity, and Self-Belief.

Tim Howard inspires audiences with fascinating and funny stories of the highs and lows of his career, including his battle with Tourette syndrome. From his record-setting performance at the World Cup to becoming one of the few goalies to ever score a goal, his achievements and personal stories of determination and goal-setting on and off the field illustrate to audiences what is possible when they believe in themselves, commit to their goals, and persevere in the face of adversity.

Known for his communication, shot-stopping ability, and big-game instincts, Howard is a world apart from the competition and shows audiences how they can move into their own “premier leagues.” Join us at Port Aurora on October 22-25 and learn how to persevere with Tim Howard!
Fujitsu is a world leader in technology and the digital transformation partner of choice for customers in over 100 countries, with 124,000 employees working to resolve some of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Our range of services and solutions draw on five key technologies: AI, Quantum Inspired Computing, Converging Technologies such as Digital Twin, Data and security, and Networks, which we bring together to deliver sustainability transformation.

At Fujitsu, our goal is to make the world more sustainable by building trust in society through innovation. With digital technologies reshaping the world in which we live, the transport sector is becoming more connected than ever before. However, identifying the right technology to implement can be challenging. With over 40 years of experience working within the transport sector across air, sea, road, and rail, we have the expertise to use emerging technologies to deliver true business value. By equipping you with the latest digital solutions we can help you to optimize operations, manage critical assets, meet your sustainability goals, and transform the supply chain experience.

With headquarters in Bogotá, Colombia, OptimPorts provides services in three categories: back office, administrative and financial, as well as logistics and environmental services. As a company operating mostly financial services for U.S. ports, OptimPorts integrates directly with the general ledger billing, banking, accounts payable, payroll and other financial and terminal operating systems already in use by its customers. The expert professionals of OptimPorts consistently deliver the highest quality services to meet the needs of its clients.
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Join AAPA for an upcoming webinar on Electrifying Alternatives for Container Transfers presented by EagleRail on Wednesday, September 27, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET / 10:00-11:00 a.m. PT. As ports continue their transitions to cleaner, electrified handling processes within the terminal gates, what happens with the hand-off outside the gates with the industry trying to achieve more sustainable and efficient processes in the entire supply chain? This webinar will recap common port growth and needed electrification-transition processes. Plus, explore recent developments in EV trucking and a new, bold concept of electrified overhead, light-rail container transfers — the indoor warehouse digitized handling process, now available outdoors for ports and intermodal facilities. Presenters include:
  • Richard Willis – Technical Director, Port Operations & Technology, Royal HaskoningDHV
  • Bill Hamlin – President, Gray Wolf Advisory Group
  • Mike Wychocki – Founder and CEO, EagleRail Container Logistics
  • Tim Brankin – Vice President, Business Development & Communications, EagleRail
The Port of Los Angeles moved 828,016 TEUs in August, a 3% increase compared to the same period last year. It was the port’s first monthly year-over-year increase in 13 months. Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) container volumes reached 242,700 TEUs in August. Total container volume decreased 13.5% over August 2022, but grew 3.3% compared to the previous month. Full imports for the month decreased 19% while full exports decreased 10.6% but grew 15.4% versus July 2023. The Port of Oakland's August container volume dipped compared to the same time last year. However due to an unprecedented uptick in August 2022 volume, the current statistics do not provide a complete picture. Full TEUs declined 13.1% in August 2023, handling 135,253 TEUs compared to 155,682 TEUs in August 2022.
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company (GLDD) announced the receipt of several dredging awards totaling $177 million. Lasse Petterson, President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “These projects bring dredging backlog to approximately $1.1 billion to date. Great Lakes is pleased to add these important projects to our 2023 backlog of capital, coastal protection and maintenance work. Working on these projects allows Great Lakes to help support the overall improvement and resiliency of our country’s environment, coastlines, and infrastructure.”
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St. Louis regional ports and the St. Louis Regional Freightway are jointly supporting the Port of New Orleans’ (Port NOLA) efforts to strengthen the flow of inland river cargo with the development of the Louisiana International Terminal (LIT). The LIT is a new container terminal project on the Gulf Coast that will benefit not only residents and businesses in south Louisiana, but also advanced manufacturing operations, agribusinesses and farmers, as well as other port operations throughout the Southeast and Midwest regions. 
Georgia Ports Authority has handled containers and breakbulk at Ocean Terminal since 1958. Now it's bringing this Savannah facility into the future. Ocean Terminal is being modernized with a focus on containerized cargo. Refurbishment will increase capacity to 2 million TEUs a year with eight electric ship-to-shore cranes, 2,800 feet of berth space, and 55 hybrid electric rubber-tire gantry cranes. Watch a short video about the project.
Ports of Indiana filled two key leadership roles at its Ohio River ports, naming Ashley Blocker and Michael Graves as Operations Managers in Mount Vernon and Jeffersonville, respectively. Blocker, a southwest Indiana native, was promoted to the new role after serving as Operations Analyst for Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon since 2022. Graves is a Louisville, Kentucky, native, and comes to Ports of Indiana-Jeffersonville after five years with SM&E engineering.
Konecranes will deliver eight rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes to a new container terminal at Puerto Antioquia, Colombia, that will provide new export and import power for the regional economy of Antioquia and Colombia as a whole. The eight RTGs for Puerto Antioquia were ordered by Puerto Bahia Colombia de Uraba, whose key shareholder is the CMA CGM Group. They are fully electric, powered by cable reels connected to the local grid.
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Portos RS and DockTech signed an unprecedented use-of-technology agreement, using Wilson Sons’ tugboats as data collectors, to increase the efficiency of port and shipping operations. DockTech, an Israeli startup, develops innovative technologies for real-time seabed monitoring to increase the efficiency and safety of port and shipping operations.
The Port of San Diego has once again been recognized as a San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Diamond Award winner, as a Platinum recipient. SANDAG hosts the Diamond Awards every year to celebrate employers from across the region for their leadership in sustainable commuting to and from the workplace.
The Port of Oakland joined forces with community partners to host a Zero Emissions Truck Ride and Drive event, providing port operators the opportunity to experience state-of-the-art zero emissions vehicles firsthand. The Port partnered with Harbor Trucking Association, CALSTART, California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emissions Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), California Air Resources Board (CARB), and PG&E to bring zero emissions vehicles to life on September 15 at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park.
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Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
GIS Manager, Corpus Christi, TX; Port Corpus Christi Authority

Business Services Analyst, Senior (Internal Budget and Financial Analyst), Tacoma, Washington; City of Tacoma

Executive Director, Baltimore, MD; Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA)

Maritime Public Works / Rail Safety Specialist, Oakland, CA; Port of Oakland

Procurement Manager, Longview, WA; Port of Longview

Port Director & CEO, Brownsville, TX; Port of Brownsville
Deputy Port Director, Pascagoula, MS; Port of Pascagoula

Vice President of Government Relations, Washington, DC; AAPA

Chief Financial Officer, San Diego, CA; Port of San Diego

Chief Operating Officer, Long Beach, CA; Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority

Electronics Officer, U.S. Merchant Marine, Nationwide; American Radio Association
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