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Friday, February 15, 2019

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AAPA: US Ports Need $4B for Security

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)  identified nearly $4 billion in crucial port and supply chain security needs over the next 10 years.That funding level is what’s needed to maintain and upgrade America’s port facilities and ensure they are properly equipped to address new and evolving security challenges, said AAPA in the latest report in its “The State of Freight” infrastructure series.“The State of Freight IV” is the fourth report in as many years, conducted by AAPA…

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Columbia Gets USD 229.23 mln for Port Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced 14 grants, which go to port-related projects, are made through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Grants program.Port-related projects will receive a total of $229.23 million, said a press release from American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA).“BUILD transportation grants are major investments in road, rail, transit, and port projects that serve as a down payment on this administration’s commitment to America’s infrastructure…

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14 Port-related Projects Awarded BUILD Grants

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao has (Dec. 11) announced $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding to 91 projects in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The grants, 14 of which will go to port-related projects, are made through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Grants program and support road, rail, transit, and port infrastructure projects across the country.Port-related projects will receive a total of $229.23 million…

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AAPA CEO Kurt Nagle to Retire in 2019

Long-time president & chief executive officer of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) trade association Kurt J. Nagle announced today that he plans to retire next fall, following more than 33 years of service to the port industry.Nagle began his work at AAPA in 1985 as the membership services director, following seven years at the National Coal Association and Coal Exporters Association. In 1995, he was appointed AAPA’s president & CEO, a position he has held for 23 years.

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WCI, AAPA Upbeat on Federal Funding for USACE, Inland Navigation Projects

WCI yesterday praised Congress for passage of the FY2019 Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 5895 that combines appropriations bills for the Legislative Branch, Military Construction and Veteran Affairs, and Energy & Water Development that funds the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Separately, The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) lauded the ‘On Time’ FY'19 Energy and Water Development Appropriation, also noting that it marked the first time since 2004 that an E&WD…

Puerto Valparaiso and AAPA Launch the 107th Annual Convention

The event will take place in Valparaiso, Chile, from October 7 to 10, with the presence of AAPA’s Continental leadership.With a postal card of Valparaiso hills as a background, the Empresa Portuaria Valparaiso (EPV) and the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) officially launched the 107th AAPA Annual Convention.The event gathered public authorities, executives and clients of EPV at the deck of Muelle Barón, in Valparaiso, Chile. In the occasion, the host of the 2018…

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AAPA releases State of Freight III report

Trade Association Releases Freight Report on Multimodal Funding Needs of U.S. Seaports. In a just-released report, U.S. port authorities identified more than $20 billion in projected multimodal port and rail access needs over the next decade, while one-third cited pressing rail project needs costing at least $50 million for each of their ports. Sixty-seven percent said that funding and financing options are the biggest obstacles in getting essential rail projects started to access their facilities.

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AAPA ‘Encouraged’ By Senate Dems’ Infrastructure Plan

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the recognized and unified voice of America’s seaports – is encouraged by the release yesterday of the infrastructure investment outline by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Democrats, especially the recognition that ports and waterways play a vital role in our nation's economy, jobs and supply chain. America’s seaports, each of which are international trading hubs, are vital economic engines to their community, their region and the nation. Seaport cargo activity accounts for 26 percent of the U.S.

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AAPA Sets 2nd Annual 'Ports Day' for April 4

The American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) entire membership in North, South and Central America and the Caribbean will celebrate Western Hemisphere Ports Day on Tuesday, April 4. On this annual celebration, the association will recognize the industry’s role in supporting job creation and propelling the economies of the nations they serve across the Americas. “As the unified and recognized voice of the port industry in the Western Hemisphere, AAPA is excited to continue to share its story around the globe,” said Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO.

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Digging Deep for Good News

Dredging firms look ahead to more business, here and across the big pond. Along the way, Mother Nature and good business planning will both help. In the waning days of 2016, the outlook brightened dramatically for the big U.S. dredging contractors. Just before Congress dispersed for the Holidays, then-President Obama signed a pivotal piece of legislation – the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, S612. Authorized needed investment in America’s ports, channels…

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Ports Ponder Public Private Partnerships

Because any port is only as efficient as its weakest link, so-called P3 funding will be the key to driving the future intermodal equation. Seaport and marine terminal finance draws from a wide range of funding sources, often combined to pay for a particular project. Ports are public goods, and as such, sometimes they also see varying contributions from federal, state, regional and local entities. At its lowest common denominator, the port business is all about connectivity; hence ‘port’ projects will frequently include an intermodal component…

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Op/Ed: Act Now on Port Infrastructure

Funding for freight transportation infrastructure is urgently needed to keep U.S. economy moving. Infrastructure is the backbone of developed nations. Our ability to move raw materials and finished products between domestic and world markets is critical to economic success. Right now, the U.S. freight transportation industry is at a crossroads and infrastructure funding is urgently needed to grow our economy. In recent years, transportation infrastructure investment has lagged…

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AAPA Responds to Trump's SOTU Address

In his first State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress, President Donald Trump called on Congress to pass an infrastructure bill that generates $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investments and streamlines permitting for major capital projects from 10 to two years, or possibly less. In his focus on America’s “crumbling infrastructure,” the President placed a heavy emphasis on safe, reliable, modern transportation infrastructure, including roads, bridges, highways, railways and waterways.

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AAPA Elects William Friedman As 2018-19 Board Chairman

Friedman is Port of Cleveland's President & CEO. At its 2018 Spring Conference on March 20, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)—the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas—elected William D. Friedman, president and chief executive officer for Northeast Ohio’s Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, to serve as the association’s chairman of the board for the 2018-19 activity year that begins in October. Mr. Friedman is slated to be installed as chairman for a one-year term on the final day of AAPA’s 2018 Annual Convention, set for Oct.

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AAPA Provides Trump Transition Team With Port Industry’s Recommendations

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)— the recognized and coordinated voice of seaports in the Americas—today sent a multi-faceted document to President-Elect Donald Trump’s transition team. The paper outlines opportunities to, in the words of the president-elect’s campaign, “Make America Great Again,” by strategic investments in seaports and related freight transportation assets, thereby helping U.S. businesses better compete in markets at home and abroad. “President-Elect Trump has put forth an ambitious goal of investing up to $1 trillion to rebuild America’s infrastructure…

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U.S. Ports Plan Big Investments in Capital Projects - Survey

Survey Shows U.S. Ports Plan Big Investments In Capital Projects. In its just-released 2016-2020 Port Planned Infrastructure Investment Survey, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas – asked its U.S. member ports how much they and their private-sector partners plan to spend on port-related freight and passenger infrastructure over the next five years. The answer was a whopping $154.8 billion. AAPA then…

McAndrews Elected as AAPA Board Chairman

At its 2016 Spring Conference on April 6, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)—the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas—elected Port of Pascagoula Port Director Mark McAndrews to serve as the association’s chairman of the board for the 2016-17 activity year that begins in late October. McAndrews is slated to be installed as chairman for a one-year term on the final day of AAPA’s 105th Annual Convention, set for October 23-26, in New Orleans.

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Senate Approves Strong Funding for USACE

The FY ’17 Energy & Water Development (E&WD) and Related Agencies appropriations bill has been approved by the U.S. Senate in a 90-8 vote, significantly increasing funding in Fiscal Year 2017 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works Program. The House version of this bill, which passed out of the Appropriations Committee last month, is awaiting floor action. Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) President Michael J. Toohey underscored the work of Chairman Cochran and Senate Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.)…

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AAPA to Join USDOT in Commemorating National Maritime Day

Host of U.S. A little-known annual American commemoration is coming up again on May 22: National Maritime Day, declared by Congress in 1933 to call attention to America’s maritime heritage and to honor the men and women who serve and have served as U.S. merchant mariners. It’s also a day to recognize and reflect on the rewards that America’s ports bring the country in terms of jobs, economic development, goods movement and international competitiveness. For the American Association…

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AAPA, USDOT to Commemorate NM Day Jointly

A little-known annual American commemoration is coming up again on May 22 - National Maritime Day. It was declared by Congress in 1933 to call attention to America’s proud maritime heritage and to honor the men and women who serve and have served as U.S. merchant mariners. It’s also a day to recognize and reflect on the rewards that America’s ports bring the country in terms of jobs, economic development, goods movement and international competitiveness. For the American Association…

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New Orleans Port All Set to Host AAPA Conference

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans is set to host the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the largest gathering of Port and maritime professionals in the Western Hemisphere. The conference, scheduled for Oct. 23-26 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, will include technical and policy committee meetings, business sessions and social networking for port professionals and marine transportation leaders throughout the four-day event.

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AAPA Mourns Loss of Voinovich

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)—the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas — today is mourning the loss of one of Ohio’s most prominent politicians and citizens, George Voinovich, who died in his sleep early Sunday morning just weeks before his 80th birthday. According to AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle, the former Cleveland mayor, Ohio state representative and Ohio governor who later became one of the most popular U.S. senators of his generation, was instrumental in helping America’s ports enhance air quality in their communities. “Sen.

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Transportation Industry to Focus on Freight Infrastructure

The Port of Houston Authority and Port Corpus Christi, in conjunction with the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), will hold separate freight industry “Influencers Roundtables” on Aug. 17 (at the Port of Houston Authority) and Aug. 18 (at Port Corpus Christi), followed each day by a tour of that port. Titled, “Freight: Keep it Moving,” the two port forums will bring together key thought-leaders throughout the transportation industry to explore critical issues facing U.S. seaports and discuss the increasing strain on the nation’s freight transportation infrastructure.

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AAPA, Lamar University To Sign Port Management Education Deal

On the heels of entering into a Memorandum of Understanding in June to provide mutually-beneficial educational and professional development opportunities to help students and port professionals, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and Lamar University on Oct. 26 will sign a program agreement that reflects their shared commitment in preparing port industry professionals and leaders for future opportunities and challenges. The agreement will be signed at 9:00 a.m. on the final day of AAPA’s 105th Annual Convention and Expo, in New Orleans, Oct. 23-26.

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AAPA Installs 2016-17 Board, McAndrews Named Chairman

Mark McAndrews, port director of the Mississippi’s Port of Pascagoula, was formally installed on October 26 as the 2016-17 chairman of the board for the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the voice of seaports in the Americas. As AAPA chairman, he succeeds Jim Quinn, President and CEO of Port Saint John in New Brunswick, Canada. McAndrews accepted his new chairmanship duties at a membership meeting in New Orleans, La., during which the entire slate of 2016-17 delegation officers and board of directors were inducted as part of AAPA's 105th Annual Convention.

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AAPA Outlines Port Policy for Trump Transition Team

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) today sent a multifaceted document to President-Elect Donald Trump’s transition team. The paper outlines opportunities to, in the words of the president-elect’s campaign, “Make America Great Again,” by strategic investments in seaports and related freight transportation assets, thereby helping U.S. businesses better compete in markets at home and abroad. “President-Elect Trump has put forth an ambitious goal of investing up to $1 trillion to rebuild America’s infrastructure…