Agriculture Transportation Coalition presents first-time award to port leader
The Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) recently named Jim Newsome, South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) president and CEO, the first Person of the Year award recipient in the Coalition's 28-year history.
“Never has an individual so distinguished himself in a manner that will have such a positive impact on all participants in ocean shipping, shippers, carriers, ports and terminals,” said Peter Friedmann, Executive Director, AgTC. “We applaud Jim Newsome for his pivotal, groundbreaking leadership to find a solution to the SOLAS container weight threat.”
Newsome received the award at the AgTC Annual Meeting, a gathering of agriculture and forest products transportation professionals, for pioneering a solution to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requirements by using existing equipment and procedures at SCPA to verify the weight of containers.
Newsome was the first leader in the U.S. to step forward with a solution to the SOLAS requirements that were implemented on July 1, 2016.