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2007 AAPA Port Operation, Safety & Information Technology Seminar

April 24, 2007
Jacksonville, Florida

AAPA's Port Operations, Safety & Information Technology Seminar -- As trade volumes increase, so do the freight mobility capacity and efficiency demands on seaport terminals. Terminal space constraints and increased velocity have led to an increase in accidents on terminals. By implementing technology solutions, operational best practices, and safety programs, port operations professionals can meet the challenges of these increasing pressures.

Moving Goods: More, Better, Faster, Safer: Defining the Issues

Hear the perspectives of industry, port and technical committee leaders on what these increases in trade volumes mean for them and their impact on port operations.

  • Jean Godwin, Executive Vice President, American Association of Port Authorities
  • Bernard S. Groseclose, Jr., President & CEO, South Carolina State Ports Authority, AAPA Immediate Past Chairman of the Board
  • Frederick R. Ferrin, Executive Director, Jacksonville Port Authority
  • James Walsh, Chair – AAPA Operations Committee, Director of Operations, Philadelphia Regional Port Authority
  • Deborah Givens, Chair – Information Technology Committee, Director, Information Technology, Port of Tacoma
  • David Solis, Chair – Safety Committee, Manager, Risk Management, Port of Corpus Christi

Federal Government Agency Policy Updates

Gain insight into federal policies that will affect port operations.  Officials from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration discuss the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) from the status of phase one card issuance to the technology rollout.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has proposed a requirement for the submission of additional shipping data elements in order to bolster cargo security -- known as the "10+2" proposal. Terminals and operating port authorities are now also responsible for cargo releases at the time of “gateout.” Fines will be levied against any party responsible for cargo transportation while an AMS hold is in place. Find out what this means to your port and tenant customers.

  • L. Cdr. Joshua McTaggart, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Office of Port and Facility Activities
  • John Schwartz, Assistant Director - Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration
  • Patrick J. Simmons, Deputy Director of Non-Intrusive Inspection, Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, Border Security and Facilitation
  • John Jurgutis, Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection


Chassis Pools 101

This panel will illuminate the efficiency gains that terminals are experiencing by utilizing chassis pools with the carriers calling their facilities.  Speakers will give real-world examples of productivity and space reclamation that can be attributed to this practice.

  • Stan Portlock, Director of Planning & Development, Flexi-Van Leasing, Inc.
  • Joseph Ruddy, General Manager, Virginia Intermodal Management
  • Mike Mitchell, Director, Chassis Pool Development, Consolidated Chassis Management, LLC

The Benefits of Wireless Infrastructure on Port Terminals

This panel will address the challenges and opportunities involved with broadband wireless networks, illuminating the many applications for these networks in the marine environment.

  • Stephen Rauch, Manager, Application Services, South Carolina State Ports Authority
  • Chip Yager, Director of Operations, Motorola Inc.
  • Joe Carey, President, Fidelity Comtech


Electronically Stored Information Under the Federal Rules of Discovery

Changes to the Federal Rules of Evidence, effective December 1, 2006, make it imperative that port personnel, working with their IT professionals, have the ability to retain and produce all electronically stored information.  Panelists will discuss the changes and suggest ways to address ports' new responsibilities.

Radiation Portal Monitors: Design and Implementation Issues

This panel will address the challenges associated with the recent implementation of RPMs on port terminals.  Issues include allocating the required footprint, integrating their use into gate and/or quayside operations, and tailoring the procedures for their use to the volume of the terminal operation.

  • Mr. Simmons
  • Richard F. Quinn, Area Port Director (Jacksonville), U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security
  • Eugene V. Morrey, Seaport Vector Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Radiation Portal Monitor Project

Road Map to Developing a Positive Safety Culture in Port Environments

Hear how ports are developing comprehensive safety programs that engage all tenants and stakeholders in a “safety culture” with success that can be measured by its broad participation and lowered safety-related incidences.

  • John Bloess, Safety & Loss Control Manager, Georgia Ports Authority
  • Marshall Stone, Operations Safety Manager, South Carolina State Ports Authority
  • Chris Crouch, Manager, Risk Management and Safety, Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT)

Gate Innovations and Technologies for Improving Throughput, Efficiency and Security

This session will highlight successful gate projects and applicable technologies and processes that are being utilized at ports today including RFID, OCR scanning, gate appointment systems, and man-less pedestal automation.

  • Louis Noriega, Chief, Seaport Information Systems, Port of Miami
  • William Sutton, General Manager, Information Technology, Georgia Ports Authority
  • Steve Longbotham, Vice President, Customer Technology, Marine Terminals Corporation


Federal Regulations Update Spotlighting Port Safety

Hear the latest information from the two main oversight agencies in port safety.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration is the main federal agency charged with the enforcement of federal safety regulations in the port industry. Hear from OSHA officials on the latest port safety issues being examined by the Maritime Advisory Committee (MACOSH)

The U.S. Coast Guard conducts routine inspections at ports related to Fire Safety, Life Safety and Certificates of Adequacy in certain areas of operations.  Hear from these officials on what to expect during your next official inspection visit.

Biometrics 101

From minutia templates to hand geometry to encryption, biometrics has a language all its own that port professionals need to understand with TWIC implementation and access control integration on the horizon.  This session will explain the fundamentals of biometrics as they relate to the port industry.


Terminal Traffic Safety

Terminal traffic safety is among the top priorities of port safety professional.  Increasing volumes and velocity on the terminal footprint = increasing accidents.   This session will outline problem areas and situations and highlight solutions that can be integrated into a safety program.

  • Ronald E. Hewett, Director, Safety and Training, APM Terminals North America, Inc.
  • Vincent Cameron, President, International Longshoremen's Associaton, Local 1408

Innovations in Port Efficiency: Processes, Simulations and Modeling for Better Terminal Operations, Planning & Congestion Mitigation

With data and cargo continuously flowing to and through the port, yard management and capacity planning tools are imperative in today’s busy seaport terminals.  Hear from port professionals and their partners about successful processes, models and simulation tools that can inform operations and planning as well as mitigate congestion and inefficiency.


Technologies for Securing the Perimeter

This panel will cover the security technologies on the land and water-side that are being integrated into port IT infrastructure and processes, including intrusion and anomaly detection systems, radar and sonar etc.

  • Phillip Johnson, Manager & Chief Engineer, Underwater Systems Technical, Lockheed Martin Canada
  • Dan Flynn, Program Manager, Homeland Security Products, Honeywell Aerospace
  • Teri Harris, Application Software Support, Port of Corpus Christi Authority

After the Federal Grant Award – Effectively Managing the Process, Project Implementation, and On-going Operations and Maintenance

Winning grant funding is just the first step.  The process of turning grant funding into a viable piece of the port infrastructure and security operation takes planning.  In this session, you’ll hear from port professionals that have guided this process and experienced its pitfalls.

RFID: How Ports Are Improving Supply Chain Visibility and Security