AAPA Seaports Advisory
October 26, 2023


As North American ports seek innovative strategies to enhance their competitiveness, the concept of international cluster models has emerged as a promising strategy. This edition delves into the findings of Port Professional Manager (PPM®) David Billetdeaux’s capstone paper International Cluster Models and the Opportunities they Represent for North American Ports, shedding light on how international cluster models can bring new opportunities to North American ports.

Billetdeaux has worked as in-house general counsel for the Port of Benton since 2017. He has handled litigation at the local superior court level, as well as in Eastern District Federal Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the National Surface Transportation Board, and in front of the Washington State Supreme Court, obtaining victories for the Port in every venue.

For his PPM capstone, Billetdeaux explored the concept of international cluster models, with a specific focus on port authorities, and examined their success in various global contexts. Drawing from case studies of prominent port clusters like the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in California, and the Northwest Seaport Alliance in the Pacific Northwest, his research highlights key characteristics that contribute to the success or failure of cluster models.

This PPM capstone exploration of international cluster models highlights the potential for North American ports to thrive in an evolving maritime landscape. Port professionals interested in exploring the opportunities provided by AAPA's professional development programs and initiatives can contact Shannon McLeod at smcleod@aapa-ports.org.

Organizational Development Resource Group, LLC
Center for Advances in Port Management, Lamar University
Each year, the Secretariat of Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Latin American Delegation of AAPA recognize ports and terminals in the Americas for their outstanding operations and contributions to the economic and social prosperity of their respective countries. After an exceptionally competitive process, including 22 applications from a record-breaking 11 countries throughout the Western Hemisphere, the winners of the 2023 AAPA-CIP Port Industry Award of Excellence are:

Technology and Innovation – Barbados Port Inc. is recognized for integrating technology and innovative processes into their operations to boost efficiency, increasing competitiveness, and improving the quality of their services.

Port Infrastructure Development  DP World Dominicana is recognized for expanding their physical port infrastructure with concrete and measurable positive (local) economic impacts.

Public-Private Alliances – Santos Port Authority, Brazil, is recognized for promoting public-private strategic alliances with stakeholders from different entities or sectors for sustainable and efficient port development.

Awardees will be honored during the XXXI AAPA LATAM Convention of Ports taking place in Barranquilla, Colombia, December 4-6.
The Conference on Port Electrification East, hosted by Global Transmission, will take place on November 8-9, 2023, at The Westin Jersey City Newport. A stellar cast of speakers will be presenting on topics that highlight the opportunities and solutions to transition to full electrification of ports. The conference will feature engaging panel discussions and insightful presentations on challenges in electrifying ports, strategies to progress to greener ports, learning from ongoing projects, relevant technologies, and best practices.

AAPA is a supporting partner of this conference. ABB, Burns & McDonnell, Current Trucking, Elliott Bay Design Group, Igus, Kempower, Orange EV, Plug Power, and Sennebogen are also sponsoring the event.

AAPA members will receive a 15% discount on the registration fee. Participants from government agencies, regulatory authorities, academia, and research institutions will benefit from a special discounted fee of $425. For more information and to register, visit the conference webpage.
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Naylor Association Solutions
The Port of Long Beach achieved its busiest September on record, boosted by consumer demand for holiday-related goods and a ratified labor agreement. Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 829,429 TEUs in September, up 11.8% from the same month last year and surpassing the previous record set in September 2020 by 78,849 TEUs. For the second consecutive month, Port of Los Angeles cargo volume increased compared to 2022. The port handled 748,440 TEUs in September, a 5.4% improvement compared to the same period last year. The Port of Oakland September container volume remains consistent with volume throughout 2023. Full TEUs rose 1.2% this September compared to September 2022, registering 134,186 TEUs, versus 132,559 TEUs in September 2022.
Shipping on Lake Michigan and the Ohio River delivers an economic impact of more than $29.8 billion annually to Indiana’s economy and supports more than 158,000 jobs, according to a newly released study prepared by Martin Associates. The study found that Indiana shipped 54.4 million tons of maritime cargo in 2022, providing $11.5 billion in personal income for 158,143 jobs, and $1.9 billion in tax dollars to state and local governments.
Port of Oakland leaders joined the Port Decarbonization & Green Shipping Corridor Symposium on October 20 to discuss the important work being done to reduce greenhouse gas footprints globally and locally. Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan addressed port industry colleagues on the latest projects being implemented at Oakland to significantly cut carbon emissions from port and maritime shipping operations.
The Belledune Port Authority is launching a series of studies to identify site requirements for the development of its Green Energy Hub, a specialized development district welcoming green energy projects and complementary, low-carbon industries. The pre-feasibility studies are supported by a $1 million investment from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
Global shipping and sustainable energy logistics leader Crowley is proceeding with plans to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering services on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal, under the first permit issued by the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) for the provision of such services.
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The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) is commencing construction on the Ridley Island Export Logistics Project (RIELP), an innovative large-scale logistics project that will provide expanded capacity and capabilities for rail-to-container transloading of multiple export products at the Port of Prince Rupert.
Port Freeport Executive Director and CEO Phyllis Saathoff was presented with the prestigious Russell H. Perry Award, acknowledging her outstanding leadership in the maritime and transportation industry. Watch a short video highlighting Saathoff's career and award presentation.
Dina Aryan-Zahlan, a veteran Port of Los Angeles engineer and infrastructure development expert, has been named Deputy Executive Director of Development at the nation’s busiest container port. Aryan-Zahlan replaces Antonio Gioiello, who retired earlier this year. Cecilia Moreno, a veteran employee of the Harbor Department, has been promoted as new Community Relations Director. Moreno replaces Theresa Adams-Lopez, who retired from the port earlier this year.
Brandy D. Christian, CEO of the Port of New Orleans and New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, will deliver the 2023 State of the Port address titled Delivering Louisiana’s Future on November 3. Christian will provide updates and outlooks on the port’s four lines of business (cargo, rail, industrial real estate and cruise) and share long-term strategies to grow international commerce for Louisiana.
Technology group Wärtsilä has signed a strategic partnership agreement for decarbonization modeling with Raízen, a major Brazilian energy company. The agreement focuses on both new building and existing operation upgrade plans. Its aim is to build and implement a fleet-wide decarbonization plan with a particular interest in the future marine introduction of ethanol as a marine fuel.
Green Marine
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
Maritime Business Development Manager, Old Saybrook, CT; Connecticut Port Authority

Marine Terminal Superintendent-Security & Safety, Aberdeen, WA; Port of Grays Harbor

Electrical Engineer – Crane Systems, Garden City, GA; Georgia Ports Authority

Director of Crane Engineering and Maintenance, Garden City, GA; Georgia Ports Authority

Channel & DMPA Development Sr Project Engineer, Corpus Christi, TX; Port Corpus Christi Authority

Director of Program Management, Long Beach, CA; Port of Long Beach

Director of Government & Environmental Affairs; Duluth, MN; Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Manager of Marine Assets, Corpus Christi, TX; Port of Corpus Christi Authority

Chief Financial Officer, Corpus Christi, TX; Port of Corpus Christi

Chief Financial Officer, Wilmington, NC; North Carolina State Ports Authority

Senior Planner, Maritime, Seattle, WA; Port of Seattle

Manager of Business Development & Int'l Marketing, Oakland, CA; Port of Oakland

Port Engineer, Riviera Beach, Florida; Port of Palm Beach

Port Director & CEO, Brownsville, TX; Port of Brownsville
Chief Financial Officer, San Diego, CA; Port of San Diego

Registrar, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada; Mount Allison University
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