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2017

2017 Annual Convention
October 1, 2017
Long Beach, CA

This 3-day-long Annual Convention is AAPA's largest membership meeting of the year. It includes technical and policy committee meetings, business sessions and social networking opportunities for port professionals and others in the marine transportation industry.

Severe Weather Threat Awareness Webinar
August 8, 2017
Alexandria, VA

Don Berchoff of TruWeather Solutions presented a webinar on August 8, 2017 entitled "Maintaining Threat Awareness during this Tropical Storm and Hurricane Season."

2017 Port Security Seminar & Expo
July 19, 2017
Chicago, IL

This seminar addresses the latest regulatory updates, current industry trends and key security and safety challenges confronting public seaports, and includes sessions on information technology issues such as cybersecurity.

2017 Communications & Economic Development Seminar
June 13, 2017
Portland, OR

This seminar combined port public relations and maritime economic development interests, with a focus on collaborations and strategies to help ports gain favor with customers, community members, government officials and other important stakeholders.

2017 Commissioners Seminar
May 16, 2017
Indianapolis, IN

This one of a kind seminar developed for members of port governing boards and commissions focuses on current trends in the maritime industry.

2017 Executive Management Conference
May 1, 2017
Tampa, FL

The challenges facing port leaders today -- including trade growth, enhanced security, and competing stakeholder interests – call forth a new level of leadership capability. The Executive Management Conference, offered by AAPA since 1969, is a unique leadership and executive development program and a cornerstone of the AAPA PPM program.

2017 Spring Conference
April 4, 2017
Washington, DC

One of AAPA's two annual membership meetings, the Spring Conference is held each year in Washington, D.C. and features general sessions as well as committee and board meetings. Sessions focus on current trends in the maritime industry of relevance to all Western Hemisphere ports and US policy issues.

2017 Port Administration & Legal Issues Seminar
March 7, 2017
Oakland, CA

Primarily focusing on U.S. legal issues, this two day seminar covers the latest trends, challenges and risk management strategies for port administrators, finance officers, real estate managers, attorneys, and risk managers.

2017 Cruise Seminar
February 14, 2017
San Diego, CA

The cruise industry continues to grow as cruise lines expand their itineraries and look for and establish new ports of call. Those in the industry, port managers and marketers alike, must stay abreast of the current trends.

2017 Planning for Shifting Trade Workshop
February 2, 2017
Tampa, FL

This popular AAPA program has traditionally addressed global economic trends with key industry leaders providing their insights on shifting trade routes and the resulting impact on infrastructure needs. New in 2017 was a look at the political challenges facing free trade policies, the instability in the ocean carrier industry, and an increased emphasis in the program on how ports could use master planning and other planning tools to address land use and changing infrastructure needs in the face of shifting trade.

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2016

XXV Latin American Congress of Ports
November 29, 2016
Mérida, Yucatán, México

The Latin American port community met for the 25th edition of its annual summit in Mérida, México, being organized by AAPA, Coordinación General de Puertos y Marina Mercante and Administración Portuaria Integral de Progreso. Continuing to strengthen its status as the premier port conference in Latin America, the Congress gathered over 400 delegates from 32 countries and four continents from November 29th to December 2nd, 2016. In recognition of a quarter century exchanging valuable industry best practices in Latin America, “The Agenda of Latin American Ports for the Next 25 Years” served as the focus for the event.

2016 AAPA Annual Convention
October 23, 2016
New Orleans, LA

This 3-day-long Annual Convention is AAPA's largest membership meeting of the year. It includes technical and policy committee meetings, business sessions and social networking opportunities for port professionals and others in the marine transportation industry.

Port Leasing Workshop
September 21, 2016
Houston, TX

AAPA’s Leasing Workshop addressed trends and best practices related to marine terminal and waterfront development leases. Topics included the nature and structure of leases, the use of leasing policies, and legal and regulatory considerations.

2016 Energy & Environment Seminar
September 14, 2016
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Energy & Environment seminar will encompass a broad range of environmental issues and energy policy discussions of vital concern to port managers and other senior port executives. The program will focus on both energy as a commodity/business line and a power source/cost-savings opportunity for ports. Topics will include energy planning, wind power, LNG, environmental certification programs, climate planning and sea level rise, sustainability reports and metrics, community engagement, transportation issues and environmental compliance.

2016 Port Security & IT Seminar
July 20, 2016
Arlington, VA

This seminar addressing latest regulatory updates, current industry trends and key security and safety challenges confronting public seaports also featured sessions on information technology issues such as cybersecurity.

2016 Cargo Optimization Seminar
June 7, 2016
Jersey City, NJ

AAPA’s Cargo Optimization program features two concurrent tracks addressing both container and non-container issues pertinent to today’s ports. The Supply Chain Optimization track examines challenges relating to terminal congestion, chassis and empties management, operational practices and communication gaps along the supply chain. The Community Relations and Port Diversification track illustrates tactics to garner community support by leveraging effective public relations strategies which communicate the intrinsic value of ports to the public. Additionally, this track assesses diversification strategies that create more dependable and sustainable income streams.

AAPA Caribbean Delegation Webinar
June 6, 2016
Alexandria, VA

Attorney Deniece Aiken, BSc, LLB, MSc, presented a webinar on June 6, 2016 entitled "Legal Issues Regarding the Jamaica Logistics Hub."

2016 Spring Conference
April 4, 2016
Washington, DC

One of AAPA's two annual membership meetings, the Spring Conference is held each year in Washington, D.C. and features general sessions as well as committee and board meetings. Current trends in the maritime industry of relevance to all Western Hemisphere ports will be discussed including cybersecurity, energy, port alliances and infrastructure needs. In addition, sessions on Tuesday afternoon primarily focus on US policy issues.

2016 Infrastructure Development and Financing Seminar
March 9, 2016
San Diego, CA

AAPA’s Finance and Maritime Economic Development committees organized this seminar to help ports meet the challenges related to port infrastructure development and financing. Sessions addressed project planning (including market analysis, quantifying need, and evaluating options); the steps in determining project feasibility; and identifying financing options, including public private partnerships, government programs and other sources.

AAPA Caribbean Delegation Webinar
February 18, 2016
Alexandria, VA

Dr. Walter H. Kemmsies, Chief Economist at Moffatt & Nichol, will present "The Changing Global Economy - An Economic Overview", a presentation that will analize prospects for economic growth in the Caribbean and will review how to further integrate the economies of the Western Hemisphere through a region-wide free trade and investment agreement.

2016 Commissioners Seminar
February 11, 2016
West Palm Beach, FL

This annual program is designed for those who sit on port governing boards and commissions and need to keep abreast of the latest trends within the industry.

IMO Container Weight Verification Webinar
February 8, 2016
Alexandria, VA

The AAPA, the World Shipping Council (WSC), the National Association of Waterfront Employers (NAWE) and the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) teamed together for a webinar to discuss the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) requirement that shippers verify container weights effective July 1, 2016. The webinar is intended to address member feedback concerning implementation of the policy change requiring shippers to provide a verified weight (verified gross mass or VGM) for all packed containers prior to loading aboard a ship for export and its impact on ports. All speaker presentations are posted in PDF file format.

2016 Shifting International Trade Routes
January 21, 2016
Tampa, FL

Back by popular demand, AAPA and the Transportation Research Board are co-sponsoring this special one and a half day workshop. It will be hosted by the Port Tampa Bay, and presented in cooperation with the U.S. Maritime Administration. The program will address shifting international trade routes and how the various players in the transportation industry view the progress of recovery from the recent economic recession. The program will also focus on how trade patterns and infrastructure needs will be affected by the planned expansion of the Panama Canal. Speakers will address the international economic outlook and shifts in global trade; discuss infrastructure needs from the perspective of cargo owners, ocean carriers, ports, terminal operators, warehouse and distribution centers, and rail interests, and provide an update on the project to expand the Panama Canal. There will be significant changes in worldwide trade lanes in the next few years. Don't miss this one-of-a kind program.

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2015

2015 AAPA Port Real Estate Seminar
December 9, 2015
San Pedro, California

In addition to handling cargo and passengers, many ports rely on income produced from leasing commercial, industrial and retail property in their portfolio of assets. This program will address the specialized concerns of port directors, port planners, property development and real estate managers, marketing managers, and business and trade development managers whose responsibilities include managing or marketing their port’s real estate portfolio. Industry experts and panel discussion topics will address port real estate, non-cargo business, commercial, retail and industrial property utilization, and financing. Special emphasis will also be placed on public-private partnerships, strategic asset utilization, use of port property to advance cargo development opportunities, effective port property lease structures and best practices in property management.

XXIV Latin American Congress of Ports
November 30, 2015
Arica, Chile

The Latin American port community met for its annual summit in Arica, Chile, organized by the AAPA and Empresa Portuaria Arica. Just as in previous years, this event was the most important business meeting in the Latin American port sector, where major port projects from our continent were presented and discussed, dialogue fostered, ideas and knowledge exchanged, and opportunities generated to strengthen trade relations among port authorities, operators, service providers and leaders of the maritime industry. The theme for this year's Congress was "Port Sustainability and Development in Latin America."

2015 AAPA Annual Convention
November 2, 2015
Miami, FL

This 3-day long Annual Convention is AAPA's largest membership meeting of the year. It includes technical and policy committee meetings, business sessions and social networking opportunities for port professionals and others in the marine transportation industry.

2015 Facilities Engineering Seminar
October 20, 2015
San Diego, CA

This well-attended event attracts port professionals as well as vendors involved in significant port engineering projects throughout the world. The event also includes a table top trade show.

2015 Marine Terminal Management Program
September 14, 2015
Long Beach, CA

This 5-day intensive training course is designed to give port professionals hands-on experience and the tools necessary to excel in the industry. From overviews of marine terminal design and green terminal initiatives to tools for decision-making and effective management, this seminar covers all the essentials in a full program consisting of panel discussions, training sessions and workshops.

2015 Port Security Seminar and Exposition
July 22, 2015
Arlington, VA

Plan to attend and/or exhibit at this hugely popular seminar addressing key security and safety challenges confronting public seaports. Topics are always timely and incorporate the latest regulatory updates as well as current industry trends.

2015 Port Directors Seminar
July 8, 2015
Washington, DC

This day and a half program is specifically designed for--and is limited to--port directors. The program will include the opportunity for small meetings with key DC-based decision-makers. In addition, the format offers an exceptional opportunity for discussion of major issues affecting port directors and their organizations, including industry trends, management challenges, and governmental/regulatory issues.

2015 AAPA Commissioners Seminar
June 16, 2015
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

This annual program is designed for those who sit on port governing boards and commissions and need to keep abreast of the latest trends within the industry. Whether you are a new or an experienced commissioner, hear from experts within the field and share your own port stories.

2015 AAPA Executive Management Conference
May 4, 2015
San Diego, CA

The challenges facing port leaders today -- including trade growth, enhanced security, and competing stakeholder interests -- call forth a new level of leadership capability. Not only do port leaders need to think more strategically about the challenges they face to identify innovative solutions, they also need to be resilient in coping with and leading change. AAPA's Executive Management Conference, offered since 1969, is designed to address timely port leadership issues and trends. The program features a host of experienced port executive directors, senior line department managers, and other maritime industry professionals to share the essentials of port leadership and management.

2015 AAPA Spring Conference
April 20, 2015
Washington, DC

One of AAPA's two annual membership meetings, the Spring Conference is held each year in Washington, D.C. and features general sessions as well as committee and board meetings. Current trends in the maritime industry of relevance to all Western Hemisphere ports will be discussed including cybersecurity, energy, port alliances and infrastructure needs. In addition, sessions on Tuesday afternoon primarily focus on US policy issues.

2015 AAPA Port Administration and Legal Issues Seminar
April 7, 2015
New Orleans, LA

Primarily focusing on U.S. legal issues, this two-and-one-half day seminar covers the latest trends, challenges and risk management strategies for port administrators, finance officers, real estate managers, attorneys, and risk managers.

2015 Cybersecurity Seminar
March 11, 2015
Savannah, GA

Like other components of critical infrastructure, ports continue to confront the evolving and growing threat of cybersecurity. Within port staffs, this issue is cross-disciplinary, involving information technology directors and security officers, and many entities throughout the port complex. A wide array of U.S. federal agencies – Coast Guard, FBI, Secret Service, NIST and others – have a role to play in developing and implementing best practices and reporting and responding to breaches of cybersecurity. AAPA’s 2015 Cybersecurity Seminar will examine the ways in which cybersecurity impacts port operations and will inform attendees about emerging issues related to cyber threats, regulation of cybersecurity plans, the availability of federal funds to address cybersecurity at ports and the handling of cyber incidents at ports.

2015 Maritime Economic Development Energy Projects Seminar
February 24, 2015
Pensacola Beach, FL

Seaports have long been key players in the movement, storage, distribution and use of energy products, parts and systems. From handling components for producing electricity from wind, water, solar and other renewable energy types, to handling non-renewable energy commodities like coal, petroleum and natural gas, to developing facilities for handling emerging fuels such as LNG, butane and methane, ports are front and center in the energy equation. This program will look at the benefits and drawbacks to ports of handling various types of energy commodities as both a fuel and as a cargo, discuss new and emerging technologies related to handling energy, and reveal opportunities for collaboration and cooperation that can widen the possibilities and reduce the financial risks for investing in different energy-handling systems.

Facilities Engineering Webinar
February 18, 2015
Alexandria, VA

This Facilities Engineering Webinar, titled "Comprehensive Durability Modeling for Concrete Structures," addresses durability issues and considerations when designing such structures.

2015 AAPA Cruise Seminar
February 10, 2015
Fort Lauderdale, FL

The cruise industry continues to grow as cruise lines expand their itineraries and look for and establish new ports of call. Those in the industry, port managers and marketers alike, must stay abreast of the current trends. Sessions include The State of the Cruise Industry, Itinerary Planning and Destination Management, Extended Stay: Maximizing Passengers Added Value in Home Port Cities, Crisis Communication and Management, Terminal Development: New Construction vs. Renovation, Multi-use of Cruise Terminals, Environmental Challenges Looking Forward and Best Practices, Improving Logistics and Passenger Movement and U.S. Customs & Border Protection Inspections.

2015 Shifting International Trade Routes
January 29, 2015
Tampa, FL

Once again AAPA is providing this popular 1-1/2 day workshop, hosted by the Tampa Port Authority, in cooperation with the U.S. Maritime Administration. Speakers will address the international economic outlook and shifts in global trade. The program will also cover infrastructure needs from the perspective of cargo owners, ocean carriers, ports, terminal operators, warehouse and distribution centers, and rail interests, and will provide an update on the planned expansion the Panama Canal. This course is a PPM elective.

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2014

Port Executive Management Seminar - Mérida, México
December 1, 2014
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

The event's business program provided the special opportunity to address critical management and operational issues unique to our ports in Mexico, Central and South America. Organized by the AAPA and hosted by the Port of Progreso (Progreso, Yucatan) and the General Port and Merchant Marine Administration of Mexico, the event featured a large range of industry experts.

2014 AAPA Annual Convention
November 9, 2014
Houston, TX

This 4-day long Annual Convention is AAPA's largest membership meeting of the year. It includes technical and policy committee meetings, business sessions and social networking opportunities for port professionals and others in the marine transportation industry.

2014 Marine Terminal Management Training Program
October 6, 2014
Philadelphia, PA

The 25th anniversary of this 5-day intensive training course is designed to give port professionals hands-on experience and the tools necessary to excel in the industry. From overviews of marine terminal design and green terminal initiatives to tools for decision-making and effective management, this seminar covers all the essentials. The seminar, sponsored by AAPA and the National Association of Waterfront Employers and presented in cooperation with the U.S. Maritime Administration, features a diverse slate of experts. Industry veteran Erik Stromberg leads the program, which features senior maritime industry experts in a full program of panel discussions, training sessions, and workshops. Find out how your colleagues are successfully managing today's critical port issues!

2014 AAPA Energy and Environment Seminar
September 16, 2014
Chicago, IL

AAPA's first Energy & Environment seminar will encompass a broad range of environmental issues and energy policy discussions of vital concern to port managers and other senior port executives. The program will focus on energy planning, wind power, the use of LNG in maritime applications, environmental certification programs, stormwater and water quality, wetlands restoration, climate planning and sea level rise, sustainability reports and metrics, community engagement, sustainable design guidelines and environmental compliance. Table top exhibits will also be presented, allowing seminar participants to network with companies offering the latest in technology, products and services.

2014 Port Security Seminar and Expo
July 16, 2014
Baltimore, Maryland

AAPA has conducted the Port Security Seminar and Expo for 14 years, attracting seaport security experts, leading policy makers in transportation security and leading technologies that safeguard both port personal and valuable seaport assets. AAPA is proud to conduct this forum that provides for the free flow of information enabling seaport professionals to return to their port with a renewed sense of determination to secure our global logistics chain and the tools needed to establish a safe and productive workplace.

2014 Public/Government Relations Workshop
June 23, 2014
Toronto, Canada

While most ports and related organizations have developed public and government relations programs to reach out to their key constituents, some programs are more robust and strategic than others. Communications effectiveness can be directly linked to a proactive plan that first considers how specific audiences may perceive the organization’s messages and activities, then follows through to evaluate the outcomes and adjust the plan as needed. In this workshop, participants heard from a host of public and government relations experts to get some great advice on everything from developing key messages and interviewing for television, to communicating with community activists and government leaders, then evaluating the outcomes. The workshop culminated with a half-day broadcast media interview training session, including development of key messages prior to going on camera. One or more members of the audience were invited to come on stage to give a digitally-recorded TV interview on a controversial topic at their port, then listen as the trainer and the audience reviewed the recorded interview and provided constructive feedback for the interviewee. This seminar is a PPM® Requirement.

2014 AAPA Commissioners Seminar
June 3, 2014
Seattle, WA

This annual program is designed for those who sit on port governing boards and commissions and need to keep abreast of the latest trends within the industry. Whether you are a new or an experienced commissioner, hear from experts within the field and share your own port stories.

2014 AAPA Executive Management Conference
May 5, 2014
Tampa, Florida

This seminar is a PPM® Requirement. The challenges facing port leaders today -- including trade growth, enhanced security, and competing stakeholder interests -- call forth a new level of leadership capability. Not only do port leaders need to think more strategically about the challenges they face to identify innovative solutions, they also need to be resilient in coping with and leading change. AAPA's Executive Management Conference, offered since 1969, is designed to address timely port leadership issues and trends. The program features a host of experienced port executive directors, senior line department managers, and other maritime industry professionals to share the essentials of port leadership and management.

2014 Port Finance Seminar
April 8, 2014
New Orleans, LA

The Port Finance Seminar is is an outstanding opportunity to learn more about the complex issues relating to current economic realities. Topics will include trends and new approaches in port financing; FASB/GASB updates, state funding of ports; customer bankruptcy; personnel administration; risk management and insurance; impact of environmental issues on port facility financing; capital planning and investment; bond issues; trends in tax exempt financing for ports; innovations in sourcing public port funding; and credit and collections issues.

2014 AAPA Spring Conference
March 24, 2014
Washington, DC

The Spring Conference is one of AAPA's two general membership meetings each year, a gathering of port professionals from throughout the Western Hemisphere. At the luncheon program on Tuesday, March 25, the association presented awards to the 2014 Port Persons of the Year, The Honorable Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and The Honorable Bill Shuster (R-PA), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

2014 AAPA Maritime Economic Development Workshop
February 20, 2014
San Diego, CA

This workshop explores the dynamics and inter-relationships between transportation infrastructure and goods movement, with a particular focus on the intermodal connections that link ports with freeways, mainline railroads and deep-draft water highways. Participants will hear about compelling new economic development opportunities, export initiatives and infrastructure funding and policy reform efforts that are being developed and implemented by Western Hemisphere port authorities, municipalities, and state/provincial and federal governments. The workshop will also address methods to connect with potential new investment partners, create jobs and win over community residents and groups who may be dubious about plans to acquire new and/or develop existing port property.

2014 Shifting International Trade Routes
January 23, 2014
Tampa, FL

Once again AAPA is providing this popular 1-1/2 day workshop, hosted by the Tampa Port Authority, in cooperation with the U.S. Maritime Administration. Speakers will address the international economic outlook and shifts in global trade. The program will also cover infrastructure needs from the perspective of cargo owners, ocean carriers, ports, terminal operators, warehouse and distribution centers, and rail interests, and will provide an update on the planned expansion the Panama Canal. This course is a PPM elective.

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2013

2013 Facilities Engineering Seminar
November 6, 2013
Vancouver, BC

This well-attended event attracts port professionals as well as vendors involved in significant port engineering projects throughout the world. The event also includes a table top trade show.

2013 AAPA Annual Convention
October 15, 2013
Orlando, Florida

This 4-day long Annual Convention is AAPA's largest membership meeting of the year. It includes technical and policy committee meetings, business sessions and social networking opportunities for port professionals and others in the marine transportation industry.

2013 AAPA/NAWE Marine Terminal Management Training Program
September 9, 2013
Long Beach, CA

2013 AAPA Port Security Seminar and Exhibition
July 17, 2013
Baltimore, Maryland

2013 AAPA Maritime Economic Development Workshop
June 27, 2013
Chicago, IL

This workshop explores the dynamics and inter-relationships between transportation infrastructure and goods movement, with a particular focus on the intermodal connections that link ports with freeways, mainline railroads and deep-draft water highways. Participants will hear about compelling new economic development opportunities, export initiatives and infrastructure funding and policy reform efforts that are being developed and implemented by Western Hemisphere port authorities, municipalities, and state/provincial and federal governments. The workshop will also address methods to connect with potential new investment partners, create jobs and win over community residents and groups who may be dubious about plans to acquire new and/or develop existing port property.

2013 Latin American Ports Congress
June 25, 2013
Bogota, Colombia

2013 AAPA Commissioners Seminar
June 4, 2013
Fort Lauderdale, FL

This annual program is designed for those who sit on port governing boards and commissions and need to keep abreast of the latest trends within the industry. Whether you are a new or an experienced commissioner, hear from experts within the field and share your own port stories.

2013 AAPA Port Technology Seminar
May 14, 2013
Jacksonville, FL

This biennial seminar focused on technology innovations and how they address the 21st century challenges at seaports. Experts in all aspects of seaport-related technology discussed topics such as information management, cyber security, terminal operations technology, and port security technology support and implementation.

2013 AAPA Cruise Seminar
April 24, 2013
San Francisco, CA

The cruise industry continues to grow as cruise lines expand their itineraries and look for and establish new ports of call. Those in the industry, port managers and marketers alike, must stay abreast of the current trends. AAPA's cruise seminar is the place to hear about: •Cruise Line Executive Panel - The State of the Cruise Industry •Regional Cruising •Itinerary Planning and Destination Management •Challenges in Dealing with Crime and Safety Concerns •Sustainability Issues and Cruising •Lowering Ship Emissions •Improvements to Cruise Facilities Design •Financing Cruise Terminal Development •Port Congestion •Increasing Revenues from Cruise Facilities This seminar is a PPM® Elective.

2013 AAPA Port Administration and Legal Issues Seminar
April 9, 2013
Boston, MA

This two-and-one-half day seminar covers the latest trends, challenges and risk management strategies for port administrators, finance officers, real estate managers, attorneys, and risk managers. Topics to be discussed include: legal issues in port development, employment and human resources issues, the Shipping Act and FMC regulation, legal ethics, a primer on labor issues, issues in real estate, port insurance and risk management strategies, loss mitigation strategies, grant funding opportunities and pitfalls, and environmental issues.

2013 AAPA Spring Conference
March 18, 2013
Washington, DC

The Spring Conference is one of AAPA's two general membership meetings each year, a gathering of port professionals from throughout the Western Hemisphere. At the luncheon program on Tuesday the association will present awards to the 2013 Port Persons of the Year, The Honorable Janice Hahn (D-CA) and The Honorable Ted Poe (R-TX), co-chairs and founders of the Congressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security (PORTS)Caucus.

2013 Public Relations/Government Relations Workshop
February 21, 2013
Los Angeles, CA

While most port communications are advocacy, news, educational or issues management in nature, when crises arise, communications may become hurried, harried and stressed. This workshop will explore the various types of crisis responses—ranging from natural and manmade disasters to ethical dilemmas and reputation management—and showcase innovative ideas and “best practices” from both within and outside the seaport industry. The second half-day of the workshop will be an interactive, facilitator-guided program in which participants will separate into seven unique crisis scenario groups to explore messaging for their particular crisis. During the second half of the morning, each group will give a 10-minute presentation in the form of a mock press conference to communicate their organization’s crisis response and to answer any questions from the audience. This seminar is a PPM® Requirement.

Latin American & Caribbean Executive Management Conference
February 5, 2013
Merida, Mexico

This biennial program addresses key issues relevant to port professionals in the Caribbean and Latin America. Topics will address Infrastructure, Privatization, Port alliances and competition, Port Security, and the Panama Canal Expansion.

2013 Shifting International Trade Routes
January 24, 2013
Tampa, FL

AAPA and the U.S. Maritime Administration co-sponsor this special one and a half day workshop, hosted by the Tampa Port Authority. The program addresses shifting international trade routes and how the various players in the transportation industry view the fallout of the recent economic recession. Speakers address the international economic outlook and shifts in global trade; discuss infrastructure needs from the perspective of cargo owners, ocean carriers, ports, terminal operators, warehouse and distribution centers, and rail interests; the significant changes in worldwide trade lanes expected in the next few years; and provide an update on the project to expand the Panama Canal.

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2012

Hurricane Preparation and Response Workshop
December 6, 2012
Miami, FL

This special workshop addressed how to prepare for and recover from hurricanes. It provided specific training useful to port management, attorneys, engineers, operations personnel, communications staff and risk managers.

2012 AAPA Annual Convention
October 21, 2012
Mobile, Alabama

This 4-day long Annual Convention is AAPA's largest membership meeting of the year. It includes technical and policy committee meetings, business sessions and social networking opportunities for port professionals and others in the marine transportation industry.

AAPA-USDOT MAP 21 Freight Provisions Webinar
September 20, 2012
Washington D.C.

On September 20, AAPA staff conducted a webinar with the U.S. Department of Transportation on the freight provisions contained in the latest transportation law known as “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 20th Century (MAP-21). AAPA President & CEO Kurt Nagle and Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Polly Trottenberg introduced the topic and both stressed the importance of the inclusion of seaports when considering the national freight policy and strategic plan called for in the new law. The presentation was led by Paul Baumer from the Office of the Secretary at USDOT. The webinar was followed by a question and answer session with experts from all of the modal administrations with freight policy jurisdiction.

2012 AAPA/NAWE/MARAD Marine Terminal Management Training Program
September 17, 2012
Baltimore, MD

This seminar is a PPM® Required Program. If you are involved in marine terminal operations (container or non-container) at your port, then don't miss this week-long intensive training course designed to give port professionals hands-on experience and the tools necessary to excel in the industry. From overviews of marine terminal design to a day-long negotiation skills workshop, this seminar covers all the essentials. The seminar -- hosted by AAPA, the National Association of Waterfront Employers, and the U.S. Maritime Administration -- features a diverse slate of experts. Erik Stromberg, port industry veteran, will lead the program. He will be joined by other top-level maritime industry experts in a full program of panel discussions, training sessions, and workshops. Find out how your colleagues are managing today's critical port issues!

2012 AAPA Port Security Seminar & Exhibition
July 18, 2012
Miami, FL

This essential seminar addresses key security and safety challenges confronting public seaports. The program features interactive sessions with port security officials and federal government agency representatives. Topics incorporate the latest regulatory updates as well as current industry trends, including federal port security initiatives, legislative and policy overview and discussion, hands-on workshops and roundtable discussions on critical issues, and a popular tabletop exposition for technologies with port security applications. The seminar is a PPM requirement.

2012 AAPA Commissioners Seminar
June 26, 2012
Montreal, Quebec

This annual program is designed for those who sit on port governing boards and commissions and need to keep abreast of the latest trends within the industry. Whether you are a new or an experienced commissioner, hear from experts within the field and share your own port stories.

2012 AAPA Maritime Economic Development Workshop
June 5, 2012
New Bedford, MA

This workshop explores the dynamics and inter-relationships between transportation infrastructure and goods movement, with a particular focus on the intermodal connections that link ports with freeways, mainline railroads and deep-draft water highways. Participants will hear about compelling new economic development opportunities, export initiatives and infrastructure funding and policy reform efforts that are being developed and implemented by Western Hemisphere port authorities, municipalities, and state/provincial and federal governments. The workshop will also address methods to connect with potential new investment partners, create jobs and win over community residents and groups who may be dubious about plans to acquire new and/or develop existing port property.

2012 AAPA Executive Management Conference
May 7, 2012
Napa, CA

This seminar is a PPM® Requirement. The challenges facing port leaders today-including trade growth, enhanced security, and competing stakeholder interests-call forth a new level of leadership capability. Not only do port leaders need to think more strategically about the challenges they face to identify innovative solutions, they also need to be resilient in coping with and leading change. AAPA's Executive Management Conference, offered since 1969, is designed to address timely port leadership issues and trends. The program features a host of experienced port executive directors, senior line department managers, and other maritime industry professionals to share the essentials of port leadership and management.

2012 Harbors, Navigation and Environment Seminar
May 1, 2012
San Francisco, CA

Always of interest to ports, the Harbors, Navigation and Environment Seminar will cover a broad range of issues vital to port managers and other senior port executives. The program will focus on the environmental impact of ports, emissions controls, renewable energy, regional planning, and dredging issues.

2012 Port Finance Seminar
April 17, 2012
Miami, FL

This is an outstanding opportunity to learn more about the complex issues relating to current economic realities. Topics will include trends and new approaches in port financing; FASB/GASB updates, state funding of ports; customer bankruptcy; personnel administration; risk management and insurance; impact of environmental issues on port facility financing; capital planning and investment; bond issues; trends in tax exempt financing for ports; innovations in sourcing public port funding; and credit and collections issues.

2012 Latin American Ports Congress
April 9, 2012
Antigua, Guatemala

2012 AAPA Centennial Spring Conference
March 19, 2012
Washington, DC

The Spring Conference is one of AAPA's two general membership meetings each year, a gathering of port professionals from throughout the Western Hemisphere. In 2012, a special program was held which included a dinner celebration in honor of the association's Centennial.

2012 Public Relations/Government Relations Workshop
February 28, 2012
Houston, TX

Professional communicators understand the power of perception, particularly as it relates to their key audiences being able to differentiate myth from reality. Without the right communications, a port's progress may be impeded or even blocked by misperception or misunderstanding. This workshop will offer presentations, discussions and sharing of "best practices" on how port communicators and community relations personnel can most effectively articulate the value of port property development, investments in transportation infrastructure and programs geared to attract business, create jobs, improve the environment, increase trade and help ensure the success of port projects. They will also address how port authorities must communicate to government agencies and lawmakers at all levels the benefits ports provide in order to secure maximum funding and favorable policy decisions. This seminar is a PPM® Requirement.

2012 Shifting International Trade Routes
January 19, 2012
Tampa, FL

AAPA and the U.S. Maritime Administration co-sponsor this special one and a half day workshop, hosted by the Tampa Port Authority. The program addresses shifting international trade routes and how the various players in the transportation industry view the fallout of the recent economic recession. Speakers address the international economic outlook and shifts in global trade; discuss infrastructure needs from the perspective of cargo owners, ocean carriers, ports, terminal operators, warehouse and distribution centers, and rail interests; the significant changes in worldwide trade lanes expected in the next few years; and provide an update on the project to expand the Panama Canal.

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2011

2011 Facilities Engineering Seminar
November 8, 2011
New Orleans, LA

This well-attended event attracts port professionals as well as vendors involved in significant port engineering projects throughout the world. The event also includes a table top trade show.

2011 AAPA/NAWE/MARAD Marine Terminal Management Training Program
October 17, 2011
Long Beach, CA

This seminar is a PPM® Required Program. If you are involved in marine terminal operations (container or non-container) at your port, then don't miss this week-long intensive training course designed to give port professionals hands-on experience and the tools necessary to excel in the industry. From overviews of marine terminal design to a day-long negotiation skills workshop, this seminar covers all the essentials. The seminar -- hosted by AAPA, the National Association of Waterfront Employers, and the U.S. Maritime Administration -- features a diverse slate of experts. Erik Stromberg, port industry veteran, will lead the program. He will be joined by other top-level maritime industry experts in a full program of panel discussions, training sessions, and workshops. Find out how your colleagues are managing today's critical port issues!

2011 AAPA Annual Convention
September 11, 2011
Seattle, Washington

This year's Annual Convention celebrates the association's 100th anniversary. The 4-day long Annual Convention is AAPA's largest membership meeting of the year. It includes technical and policy committee meetings, business sessions and social networking opportunities for port professionals and others in the marine transportation industry.

2011 AAPA Port Security Seminar & Exhibition
July 20, 2011
New Orleans, LA

This essential seminar addresses key security and safety challenges confronting public seaports. The program features interactive sessions with port security officials and federal government agency representatives. Topics incorporate the latest regulatory updates as well as current industry trends, including federal port security initiatives, legislative and policy overview and discussion, hands-on workshops and roundtable discussions on critical issues, and a popular tabletop exposition for technologies with port security applications. The seminar is a PPM requirement.

2011 AAPA Maritime Economic Development Seminar
July 11, 2011
Portland, OR

This seminar explores compelling new economic development opportunities, practices and planning tools that are being developed and implemented by Western Hemisphere port authorities, municipalities, states and the federal government. It will address methods to connect with potential new customers and investment partners, developing client-focused infrastructure and effectively managing property, equipment and infrastructure assets. Speakers will include leaders from the freight and retail business sectors, port marketing, government relations and intermodal transportation experts, port asset management specialists, real estate attorneys, economic development managers and more.

2011 AAPA Port Directors Seminar
June 28, 2011
Toronto, Ontario

This day and a half seminar was specifically designed for-and is limited to-port directors. The format offers an exceptional opportunity for discussion of the major issues affecting port directors and their ports, including legislative and regulatory affairs, industry trends, and management challenges. The program is flexible, focusing on key issues while allowing the opportunity to raise additional topics of interest for discussion.

2011 Public Relations Seminar: Communicating the Importance of Infrastructure Investment
June 21, 2011
Savannah, GA

This seminar offers presentations, discussions and sharing of "best practices" on how public relations and government professionals can most effectively communicate the value of transportation infrastructure investment to policymakers, influencers and the public. Because regional and national policy and funding decisions are typically based on the perceived benefits of particular programs and projects, it is imperative that public relations professionals work closely with their government relations counterparts to convincingly advocate for their projects. Professionals from a variety of transportation interests will participate, representing shippers as well as multiple modes. Session topics include: •Successfully promoting the infrastructure investment agenda •Joint communications planning between public and government relations personnel •Communications tips for getting the ear of policymakers and their staffs •Case studies of successful external outreach communications programs •Case studies of successful corporate/transportation industry communications •Discussions on how to incorporate social media into outreach efforts •Measuring success by outcomes AND outputs. This seminar is a PPM® Requirement.

2011 AAPA Port Operations, Safety and Information Technology Seminar
June 7, 2011
Long Beach, CA

This biennial seminar focused on the integration and cooperation required among these three disciplines to meet increasing demands in a highly competitive port world. Various supply chain partners and port experts shared their experiences and discuss innovative approaches to addressing these demands: Freight mobility policy updates; Yard management best practices; Latest gate technologies; Building and maintaining a positive safety culture; Implementing operational efficiencies; Maximizing terminal throughput; and Ports' role in the supply chain.

2011 AAPA Commissioners Seminar
May 17, 2011
Biloxi, Mississippi

Hosted by the Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport, this annual program is designed for those who sit on port governing boards and commissions and need to keep abreast of the latest trends within the industry. Whether you are a new or an experienced commissioner, hear from experts within the field and share your own port stories.

2011 AAPA Executive Management Conference
May 2, 2011
Tampa, Florida

The challenges facing port leaders today -- including trade growth, enhanced security, and competing stakeholder interests -- call forth a new level of leadership capability. Not only do port leaders need to think more strategically about the challenges they face to identify innovative solutions, they also need to be resilient in coping with and leading change. AAPA's Executive Management Conference, offered since 1969, is designed to address timely port leadership issues and trends. The program features a host of experienced port executive directors, senior line department managers, and other maritime industry professionals to share the essentials of port leadership and management. This seminar is a PPM® requirement.

2011 AAPA Port Administration and Legal Issues Seminar
April 13, 2011
San Francisco, CA

This two-and-one-half day seminar covers the latest trends, challenges and risk management strategies for port administrators, finance officers, real estate managers, attorneys, and risk managers. The program will include an in depth discussion of public financing and the issuance of bonds. Other topics to be discussed include: current development in contracts and leasing, the Shipping Act and FMC regulation, port insurance and risk management strategies, employment issues, legal ethics, public records, recordkeeping and electronically stored information, and minimizing/avoiding liability in port construction projects.

2011 Transatlantic Exchange on Ports and Transportation Logistics Policy
March 23, 2011
Washington, DC

Joint meeting of AAPA and the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO), held in conjunction with the AAPA Spring Conference in Washington, D.C.

2011 AAPA Spring Conference
March 21, 2011
Washington, DC

The Spring Conference is one of AAPA's two general membership meetings each year, a gathering of port professionals from throughout the Western Hemisphere. The annual "Washington People" reception and luncheon, renowned for its outstanding speakers, brings together hundreds of legislators, federal agency staff, Congressional staffers, local maritime professionals and AAPA members.

2011 AAPA Cruise Seminar
February 9, 2011
Miami, Florida

The cruise industry continues to grow as cruise lines expand their itineraries and look for and establish new ports of call. Those in the industry, port managers and marketers alike, must stay abreast of the current trends. AAPA's cruise seminar is the place to hear about: •Cruise Line Executive Panel - The State of the Cruise Industry •Regional Cruising •Itinerary Planning and Destination Management •Challenges in Dealing with Crime and Safety Concerns •Sustainability Issues and Cruising •Lowering Ship Emissions •Improvements to Cruise Facilities Design •Financing Cruise Terminal Development •Port Congestion •Increasing Revenues from Cruise Facilities This seminar is a PPM® Elective.

2011 Shifting International Trade Routes
February 1, 2011
Tampa, FL

AAPA and the U.S. Maritime Administration co-sponsored this special one and a half day workshop, hosted by the Tampa Port Authority. The program addressed shifting international trade routes and how the various players in the transportation industry view the fallout of the recent economic recession. The program also focused on how trade patterns and infrastructure needs will be affected by the planned expansion of the Panama Canal.

2011 Climate Change Workshop
January 27, 2011
Kemah, TX

This one-day workshop focused on how port authorities can prepare to adapt to the effects of climate change. Speakers addressed the federal, state and local perspective on adapting port facilities - including dredging projects and channel maintenance, as well as surface transportation projects - to changes such as sea level rise and increased weather events. Other representatives discussed some of the information available to port authorities, such as planning guides and data analysis, and the European perspective on climate change adaptation.

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2010

2010 AAPA/NAWE/MARAD Marine Terminal Management Training Program
October 25, 2010
Jacksonville, FL

This seminar is a PPM® Required Program. If you are involved in marine terminal operations (container or non-container) at your port, then you will find value in this 4-day intensive training course designed to give port professionals hands-on experience and the tools necessary to excel in the industry. From overviews of marine terminal design and green terminal initiatives to tools for decision-making and effective management, this seminar covers all the essentials. The seminar-hosted by AAPA, the National Association of Waterfront Employers, and the U.S. Maritime Administration, features a diverse slate of experts. The program will feature senior maritime industry experts in a full program of panel discussions, training sessions, and workshops.

2010 AAPA Annual Convention
September 19, 2010
Halifax, Nova Scotia

The 4-day long Annual Convention is AAPA's largest membership meeting of the year. It includes technical and policy committee meetings, business sessions and social networking opportunities for port professionals and others in the marine transportation industry.

2010 AAPA Port Security Seminar & Exhibition
July 21, 2010
New Orleans, LA

This essential seminar addresses key security and safety challenges confronting public seaports. The program features interactive sessions with port security officials and federal government agency representatives. Topics incorporate the latest regulatory updates as well as current industry trends, including federal port security initiatives, legislative and policy overview and discussion, hands-on workshops and roundtable discussions on critical issues, and a popular tabletop exposition for technologies with port security applications. The seminar is a PPM requirement.

2010 AAPA Maritime Economic Development Committee Workshop
July 13, 2010
Tacoma, WA

With a multi-year, game-changing federal surface transportation authorization on the horizon, coordination between state DOTs, regional/corridor planning organizations and port authorities is vital to maritime economic development. A port's ability to expand and enhance access to new and re-developed facilities relies heavily on mitigating existing congestion and providing new capacity for freight beyond the gate. Coordination with public transportation planning organizations has become a prerequisite for getting federal/state funding for port access projects. The workshop will address how ports can best position themselves within the state, regional and corridor transportation planning framework. It will also include a special emphasis on short sea shipping as an emerging modal alternative within the transportation portfolio.

XIX Latin American Congress of Ports 2010
July 7, 2010
Manta, Ecuador

The Interrelationship Model between American, European and Asian Ports in the Face of New Development Possibilities.

2010 AAPA Commissioners Seminar
June 22, 2010
San Diego, California

This annual program is designed for those who sit on port governing boards and commissions and need to keep abreast of the latest trends within the industry. Whether you are a new or an experienced commissioner, hear from experts within the field and share your own port stories. This comprehensive program explores the unique duties and responsibilities of governing board members and allows participants to share valuable information. Port directors are encouraged to accompany their commissioners to this seminar.

2010 AAPA Public Relations Committee Meeting
June 15, 2010
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

Traveling from as far away as the Caribbean and California, more than a dozen members of AAPA’s Public Relations Committee met in the Saint John Port Authority’s beautiful new Marco Polo Cruise Terminal on June 15-16 to discuss use of social media tools and networks, cooperate on seaport industry awareness messaging, share best practices, hear from a panel of media experts and participate in a recorded, interactive media training session, all with the goal of helping participants enhance the communications programs they employ at their ports and raise awareness and understanding of the benefits of seaports.

2010 Port Finance Seminar
June 8, 2010
Norfolk, VA

This is an outstanding opportunity to learn more about the complex issues relating to current economic realities. Topics will include trends and new approaches in port financing; FASB/GASB updates, state funding of ports; customer bankruptcy; personnel administration; risk management and insurance; impact of environmental issues on port facility financing; capital planning and investment; bond issues; trends in tax exempt financing for ports; innovations in sourcing public port funding; and credit and collections issues.

2010 AAPA Executive Management Conference
May 17, 2010
Napa, California

The challenges facing port leaders today — including trade growth, environmental sustainability, enhanced security, and competing stakeholder interests — call for a new level of leadership capability. Not only do port leaders need to be resilient in coping with and leading change, they also need to think more strategically about the challenges ahead while identifying innovative solutions. As Albert Einstein suggested, “The world we have made, as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far, creates problems we cannot solve at the same level of thinking at which we created them.” AAPA’s Executive Management Conference helps port leaders to find new tools for addressing today's unique issues. Facilitator Byron Hanke, PPM®, retired Executive Director of the Port of Vancouver, USA, has brought together a host of experienced port executive directors, senior line department managers, and other maritime industry professionals to share the essentials of port leadership and management. Discover solutions to today’s most pressing port challenges! Session Topics Include: • Addressing Port Challenges Through Strategic Thinking • Planning for Future Transportation Technologies • A Port’s Institutional Setting and the Implications for Port Managers • Port Development and Operational Strategies in a Changing World • Managing Legal Challenges in the Public Port Environment

2010 Harbors, Navigation and Environment Seminar and GreenPort Americas
May 4, 2010
Charleston, South Carolina

Always of significant interest to ports, the Harbors, Navigation and Environment seminar will encompass a broad range of dredging and environmental issues of vital concern to port managers and other senior port executives. The program will focus on sustainable port design, adapting to the effects of climate change, reducing emissions from goods movement, social aspects of sustainability, economic recovery strategies to promote sustainable ports, and carbon neutrality at ports. This year, the two-day HNE seminar will be followed by a one day GreenPort Americas program that will bring together international delegates tasked with creating or implementing environmental policies, regulations and procedures within ports, terminals, shipping lines, transportation and logistics companies.

2010 AAPA Spring Conference
March 23, 2010
Washington, DC

The Spring Conference is one of AAPA's two general membership meetings each year, a gathering of port professionals from throughout the Western Hemisphere. The annual "Washington People" reception and luncheon, renowned for its outstanding speakers, brings together hundreds of legislators, federal agency staff, Congressional staffers, local maritime professionals and AAPA members.

2010 Shifting International Trade Routes
January 26, 2010
Tampa, FL

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2009

2009 Facilities Engineering Seminar
November 17, 2009
Charleston, SC

This well-attended event attracts port professionals as well as vendors involved in significant port engineering projects throughout the world. The event also includes a table top trade show.

2009 AAPA Annual Convention
October 26, 2009
Galveston, Texas

The 4-day long Annual Convention is AAPA's largest membership meeting of the year. It includes technical and policy committee meetings, business sessions and social networking opportunities for port professionals and others in the marine transportation industry.

2009 AAPA Marine Terminal Management Training Program
September 21, 2009
Long Beach, CA

DESCRIPTION: This seminar is a PPM® Required Program. If you are involved in marine terminal operations (container or non-container) at your port, then don't miss this 4-day intensive training course designed to give port professionals hands-on experience and the tools necessary to excel in the industry. From overviews of marine terminal design and green terminal initiatives to tools for decision-making and effective management, this seminar covers all the essentials. The seminar-hosted by AAPA, the National Association of Waterfront Employers, and the U.S. Maritime Administration-features a diverse slate of experts. The program will feature top-level maritime industry experts in a full program of panel discussions, training sessions, and workshops. Erik Stromberg, port industry veteran, will serve as faciliator and lead the seminar. Find out how your colleagues are managing today's critical port issues!

2009 AAPA Port Security Seminar & Exhibition
July 22, 2009
Houston, TX

Seven years after 9/11, continually strengthening port security to thwart terrorism remains a top priority among public seaports. The American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) 12th Port Security Seminar and Exhibition, to be held in Houston, Tex., July 16-18, will address these concerns, focusing on the security and safety challenges confronting public seaport agencies and marine terminal operators throughout the Western Hemisphere.

XVIII Latin American Congress of Ports
July 8, 2009
Miami, FL

The theme for the XVIII Congress of Latin American Ports was “PORT DEVELOPMENTS IN LATIN AMERICA: NEEDS AND PERSPECTIVES,” which was geared toward the most important topics of interest related to the port industry. This event served as a great opportunity to exchange ideas and share lessons learned with port representatives from throughout the western hemisphere.

2009 Public Relations Seminar
June 23, 2009
Detroit, MI

Learn how today’s savvy port communications professionals are using research and evaluation, audience segmentation, strategic planning and “new” media to effectively tell their port’s stories. Explore the myriad challenges and issues that port public relations departments now face and how are they are addressing those challenges. Get the scoop on the latest port communications strategies for the 21st century.

2009 AAPA Port Operations, Safety and Information Technology Seminar
June 10, 2009
Seattle, WA

Sponsored by AAPA's Operations, Information Technology and Safety Committees, this two and a half day seminar will focus on the integration and cooperation required today among these three disciplines. Meeting the challenges of increasing trade volumes and heightened security requirements without compromising efficiency and safety requires a team approach. This seminar will give insights from all players in the supply chain, including ocean, rail and motor carriers, regarding operational productivity, velocity and efficiency at seaports. Other topics may include security integration and the rollout of the Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC), advancements in safe navigation and vessel traffic management, terminal operating systems and yard productivity software, traffic safety and other safety management programs, customs automation, OSHA safety-related requirements and issues, electronic data interchange, and federal legislation and regulations that affect port operations, technology, and safety.

Webinar on TIGER $1.5B Discretionary Grant Program
June 4, 2009
Webinar

This webinar addressed the program requirements for the new TIGER $1.5B Discretionary Grant Program funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The webinar featured Roger Bohnert, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Intermodal System Development, MARAD; Jacob S. Falk, Acting Director, Office of Infrastructure Finance & Innovation, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, U.S. DOT; and Tony Furst, Director, Office of Freight Management and Operations, FHWA.

2009 AAPA Commissioners Seminar
May 19, 2009
Boston, MA

This annual program is designed for those who sit on port governing boards and commissions and need to keep abreast of the latest trends within the industry. Industry leaders will discuss issues critical for seaports, including a presentation on the global economic crisis by Walter Kemmsies, Ph.D., Chief Economist of Moffatt & Nichol. Whether you are a new or an experienced commissioner, hear from experts within the field and share your own port stories.

2009 AAPA Executive Management Conference
May 4, 2009
Tampa, Florida

The theme of this year's Executive Management Conference is Leading Your Seaport to Prosperity. The challenges facing port leaders today-including the economic downturn, trade fluctuations, enhanced security, and competing stakeholder interests-call for a new level of leadership capability. Not only do port leaders need to think more strategically about the challenges they face to identify innovative solutions, they also need to be resilient in coping with and leading change. AAPA's Executive Management Conference, offered since 1969, is designed to address timely port leadership issues and trends. Byron Hanke, PPM®, retired Executive Director of the Port of Vancouver, USA, has brought together a host of experienced port executive directors, senior line department managers, and other maritime industry professionals to share the essentials of port leadership and management. Discover solutions to today's most pressing port challenges! Session Topics Include: - Strategic leadership: a model for ports in times of economic crisis - Planning for future transportation realities - A port's institutional setting and the implications for port managers - Port development and operational strategies in a changing world - Port leadership in the new normalcy

2009 AAPA Port Administration and Legal Issues Seminar
April 15, 2009
Baltimore, MD

This two-and-one-half day seminar covers the latest issues in port administration and legal issues. Topics to be discussed includes: port/tenant relations, including pricing, lease provisions and how/when a port can chose its tenants; environmental issues; human resources and employment law; port insurance and risk management strategies; and legal issues in addressing port security.

2009 AAPA Spring Conference
March 24, 2009
Washington, DC

The Spring Conference is one of AAPA's two general membership meetings each year, a gathering of port professionals from throughout the Western Hemisphere. The annual "Washington People" reception and luncheon, renowned for its outstanding speakers, brings together hundreds of legislators, federal agency staff, Congressional staffers, local maritime professionals and AAPA members.

2009 AAPA Cruise Seminar
February 18, 2009
Mazatlán, México

The cruise industry continues to grow as cruise lines expand their itineraries and look for and establish new ports of call. Those in the industry, port managers and marketers alike, must stay abreast of the current trends.

Seaports and the Financial Crisis Webinar - Part 2
February 18, 2009
Webinar

AAPA’s Finance Committee, chaired by Rodney Oliver held its second in a series of conference call/webinars addressing the ongoing financial crisis and its impact on public port authority operations, Wednesday, February 18th, 2 p.m. EST. A special emphasis was placed on examining the economic stimulus and its impact on seaports.

Our Moderator:
Cheryl Taylor, Deputy Port Director, Finance & Administration, Port of Stockton

Our Presenters:

- Walter Kemmsies, Moffatt & Nichol’s chief economist, Dr. Kemmsies, has a long professional history of forecasting global trade and economic trends as they pertain to the assessment of Greenfield/Brownfield investment in transportation infrastructure, as well as mergers and acquisitions

- Paul Bingham, a principal of the consulting firm Global Insight, Inc. Mr. Bingham has 22 years of experience managing studies of international trade and maritime transportation for public and private sector clients. He leads cargo and trade forecasting studies for federal and state government agencies, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, port authorities and transportation carriers.

2009 AAPA Latin American and Caribbean Executive Management Conference
February 3, 2009
Miami, Florida

Latin PPM® Required Learn about the key issues relevant to port professionals in the Caribbean and Latin America at this growing hemispheric conference. Topics will address port security, privatization, updates on the Panama Canal, and port operating strategies. A significant portion of the program will focus on dredging and navigation issues.

2009 AAPA Shifting International Trade Routes
January 15, 2009
Tampa, FL

AAPA and the U.S. Maritime Administration are co-sponsoring this special one and a half day workshop to look at shifting international trade routes and the implications of the planned expansion of the Panama Canal. Speakers will address shifts in global trade patterns; provide an update on the planned expansion of the Panama Canal; discuss trade lane competition; impacts on waterside and terminal development; landside and inland infrastructure development to meeting future infrastructure needs; and financing future infrastructure needs. This workshop has been added to the regular schedule of AAPA events because of the great significance of the changes that will take place in worldwide trade lanes in the next few years. Don't miss this one-of-a kind program.

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2008

AAPA Quality Partnership Initiative Project Managers Workshop
December 1, 2008
Port of Ponce, Puerto Rico

4th Annual Project Managers Workshop Perspective: Policy and Process

Seaports and the Financial Crisis Webinar
November 18, 2008
Webinar

AAPA’s Finance Committee, chaired by Rodney Oliver held a conference call/webinar addressing the ongoing financial crisis and its impact on public port authority operations, Tuesday, November 18th, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST.

2008 Climate Change Workshop
November 12, 2008
Houston, TX

Climate change is an issue that is gaining attention among lawmakers, citizens and organizations around the globe, but what does it mean for port authorities? This one-day workshop discussed climate change in the context of ports, including the impacts of climate change on port facilities and navigation channels. The workshop also included an outlook on the regulatory environment at the local and federal level as it relates to green house gases and a panel discussion of what port authorities can do - or could be doing - to mitigate the effects of green house gases.

2008 AAPA Marine Terminal Management Training Program
October 20, 2008
Baltimore, MD

If you are involved in marine terminal operations, then don’t miss this week-long intensive training course designed to give port professionals hands-on experience and the tools necessary to excel in the industry. From overviews of container handling systems to a day-long negotiation skills workshop, this seminar covers all the essentials. The seminar—hosted by AAPA , the National Association of Waterfront Employers, and the U.S. Maritime Administration— features a diverse slate of experts. Erik Stromberg, port industry veteran, and Tony Chiarello, Senior Vice President of AMB Property Corporation and former Deputy Executive Director of the Maryland Port Administration, will lead the program. They will be joined by other top-level maritime industry experts in a full program of panel discussions, training sessions, and workshops. Find out how your colleagues are managing today’s critical port issues!

2008 AAPA Annual Convention - Anchorage
September 21, 2008
Anchorage, Alaska

As the largest city in Alaska and home to one of the nation's 19 "strategic" seaports, Anchorage was the site of the American Association of Port Authorities' (AAPA) 97th Annual Convention and Exhibition, Sept. 21-25. The "North to Alaska"-themed convention, held in Anchorage's brand-new downtown Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center, attracted hundreds of seaport and maritime transportation leaders, industry experts and service providers to participate in a business agenda that featured many of the seaport industry's key issues and top executives.

2008 Port Security Seminar & Exhibition
July 16, 2008
Houston, TX

Essential seminar addressing key security and safety challenges confronting public seaports. Topics included crisis/emergency management, security surveys, cruise terminal security, security plan preparation, disaster recovery/contingency plans, counter terrorism, hazardous materials management, and weapons of mass destruction. Plus a day long exhibit on July 17 provided a unique opportunity to network and learn about the latest security trends, technology and industry products.

2008 Port Property Management & Pricing Seminar
June 25, 2008
Toronto, Ontario

The AAPA Maritime Economic Development and Law Review Committees joined forces to plan the association’s biennial Port Property Management and Pricing Seminar in Toronto on June 25-27. The program featured a full day discussion on “The Pros and Pitfalls of Public-Private Partnerships and Private Equity Investment,” highlighting case studies in the port industry and featuring an interactive exercise designed to assist ports in identifying the decision points and questions to be asked in considering PPP options.

XVII Latin American Congress of Ports
June 17, 2008
Panama City, PANAMA

Together with the President of the Republic of Panama being named Port Person of Year for the Western Hemisphere in recognition of his global achievements in the maritime industry, along with the Panamanian Port Authority and the Panama Canal Authority as event organizers, the support of two of Latin America’s most important container terminals, Manzanillo International Terminal and Panama Ports Company, and the strategic location of the Republic, this program undoubtedly promises to be one of AAPA’s greatest international events. As a result, the following theme will be presented in this year’s program, “How to Prepare our Ports for Global Trends in Vessel Dimensions.” Topics will include Latin America’s role in increased global container traffic, the benefits of the Panama Canal’s expansion in international and regional commerce, the impacts of the new Panamanian deep-sea port, port finance, and an analysis of competitive forces.

2008 Public Relations Committee Mid-Year Meeting
June 12, 2008
Corpus Christi, Texas

Traveling from as far away as Canada and Argentina, 27 members of AAPA’s Public Relations Committee met in Corpus Christi, Texas, on June 12-13 to discuss seaport communications strategies, share best practices and listen to some top-notch local-area communications professionals, all with the goal of helping participants enhance the programs they employ to raise awareness and understanding of the benefits their ports provide

2008 Port Finance Seminar
June 10, 2008
Vancouver, BC CANADA

The 2006 edition of this event attracted attendees from 16 different countries making this one of the most diverse AAPA programs ever! This is your opportunity to learn more about the complex issues relating to port financial management. Topics will include trends and new approaches in port financing; FASB/GASB updates, state funding of ports; customer bankruptcy; personnel administration; risk management and insurance; impact of environmental issues on port facility financing; capital planning and investment; bond issues; trends in tax exempt financing for ports; innovations in sourcing public port funding; and credit and collections issues.

2008 Harbors, Navigation and Environment Seminar
May 20, 2008
Panama City, PANAMA

Since its opening 94 years ago, the Panama Canal has contributed significantly to increasing world trade. In preparation for a third set of locks that will double the capacity of the canal by 2014, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) will host its biennial Harbors, Navigation and Environment (HN&E) seminar in Panama City, Panama, May 20-22.

2008 AAPA Executive Management Conference
May 5, 2008
Napa, California

The challenges facing port leaders today—including trade growth, enhanced security, and competing stakeholder interests—call forth a new level of leadership capability. Not only do port leaders need to be resilient in coping with and leading change, they also need to think more strategically about the challenges they face to identify innovative solutions. As Albert Einstein suggested, “The world we have made, as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far, creates problems we cannot solve at the same level of thinking at which we created them.” AAPA’s Executive Management Conference, offered since 1969, is designed to address timely port leadership issues and trends. Facilitator Byron Hanke, PPM®, retired Executive Director of the Port of Vancouver, USA has brought together a host of experienced port executive directors, senior line department managers, and other maritime industry professionals to share the essentials of port leadership and management. Discover solutions to today’s most pressing port challenges! Session Topics Include: • Addressing Port Challenges Through Strategic Thinking • Planning for Future Transportation Technologies • A Port’s Institutional Setting and the Implications for Port Managers • Port Development and Operational Strategies in a Changing World • Managing Legal Challenges in the Public Port Environment

2008 AAPA Commissioners Seminar
April 16, 2008
Savannah, Georgia

The Special Seminar for Members of Port Authority Governing Boards and Commissions ("Commissioners Seminar") is a two-and-one-half day seminar which covers the latest issues in the port industry, port management, personal liability and ethics considerations, and planning. This comprehensive program explores the unique duties and responsibilities of governing board members and allows participants to share valuable information. Port directors are encouraged to accompany their commissioners to this seminar.

2008 AAPA Spring Conference
March 31, 2008
Washington, D.C.

Travel to the U.S. Capital and the historic Willard Inter-Continential Hotel for AAPA's second-largest meeting of the year. This gathering of port professionals from throughout the hemisphere is held each year in Washington, DC, and features general sessions and workshop as well as committee and board meetings.

2008 AAPA Partnerships in Planning and Development
February 25, 2008
San Diego, CA

This seminar is a PPM® Required Program. This unique seminar facilitates partnerships between ports, regional and local planning agencies as they work toward the common goals of economic development, transportation planning and emergency preparation and response.

2008 AAPA Cruise Seminar
February 5, 2008
San Francisco, California

This seminar is a PPM® Elective Program. Keeping up-to-date on the booming cruise industry is important for both homeports and ports of call. AAPA's Cruise Committee has designed a special program for port managers, operations and engineering professionals, cruise facility consultants and marketers to address emerging trends for cruise ports. This seminar will tackle topics such as effective cruise line/port partnerships, environmental issues, developing cruise facilities for multiple uses, dealing with regulatory requirements at cruise facilities, and destination marketing. This is a great opportunity to network with cruise line executives and others in the cruise port business.

2008 AAPA Shifting International Trade Routes and Planning for the Panama Canal Expansion
January 23, 2008
Tampa, FL

AAPA and the U.S. Maritime Administration are co-sponsoring this special one and a half day workshop to look at shifting international trade routes and the implications of the planned expansion of the Panama Canal. Speakers will address shifts in global trade patterns; provide an update on the planned expansion of the Panama Canal; discuss trade lane competition; impacts on waterside and terminal development; landside and inland infrastructure development to meeting future infrastructure needs; and financing future infrastructure needs. This workshop has been added to the regular schedule of AAPA events because of the great significance of the changes that will take place in worldwide trade lanes in the next few years. Don't miss this one-of-a kind program.

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2007

2007 AAPA Quality Partnership Initiative Third Annual Project Managers Workshop
December 5, 2007
Palm Beach, FL

This year’s QPI Project Managers Workshop was hosted by the Port of Palm Beach with a timely agenda focused on the regulatory process. Primary topics included the permitting process (Day 1) and dealing with resuspension of sediments (Day 2). This workshop format allowed full discussion of topics with participation by all attendees. In past years these “roll up your sleeves” workshops have given Corps and port industry project managers an opportunity to meet, discuss and begin resolution of long standing issues and misunderstandings about processes and programs employed by the various offices and departments, both government and industry.

Association of Canadian Port Authorities - National Port Operations and Environment Seminar 2007
November 14, 2007
Toronto, Ontario

The following presentation titled "A View to the South" was given by Dave Sanford, Director, Navigation Policy & Legislation, AAPA at the Association of Canadian Port Authorities' National Port Operations and Environment Seminar 2007 held in Toronto, Ontario on November 13-14, 2007. The content was mainly focused on issues and best practices which AAPA has addressed in various forums in the areas of port operations, safety and information technology.

2007 AAPA Facilities Engineering Seminar and Expo
November 7, 2007
San Diego, CA

AAPA TWIC Implementation Workshop: Developing Facility Security Plan Enhancements That Comply With TWIC and Keep Commerce Flowing
October 30, 2007
Crystal City, Virginia

The goal of this one and a half day workshop was for participants to leave with knowledge of the main operational challenges associated with TWIC compliance as well as shared identified solutions that can be implemented in a facility security plan that comply with TWIC and keep commerce flowing.

2007 AAPA Marine Terminal Management Training Program
October 15, 2007
Long Beach, CA

If you are involved in marine terminal operations at ports, then don’t miss this week-long intensive training course designed to give port professionals hands-on experience and the tools necessary to excel in the industry. From overviews of container handling systems to a day-long negotiation skills workshop, this seminar covers all the essentials. The seminar – hosted by AAPA, the National Association of Waterfront Employers, and the U.S. Maritime Administration – features a diverse slate of experts. Erik Stromberg, port industry veteran, and Tony Chiarello, Senior Vice President of AMB Property Corporation and former Deputy Executive Director of the Maryland Port Administration, will lead the program. They will be joined by other top-level maritime industry experts in a full program of panel discussions, training sessions, and workshops. Find out how your colleagues are managing today’s critical port issues!

2007 AAPA Annual Convention
September 30, 2007
Norfolk, VA

This week-long convention, hosted by the Virginia Port Authority, included technical and policy committee meetings, business sessions and social events allowing port professionals and others in the marine transportation industry to exchange views.

2007 AAPA Port Security Seminar and Exhibition
July 18, 2007
Boston, Massachusetts

Essential seminar addressing key security and safety challenges confronting public seaports. Topics will include crisis/emergency management, security surveys, cruise terminal security, security plan preparation, disaster recovery/contingency plans, terrorism, OSHA regulations pertaining to the marine environment, hazardous materials management, weapons of mass destruction, media relations, assessing and insuring risks, and incident reporting systems.

2007 AAPA Special Seminar for Members of Port Authority Governing Boards and Commissions
June 20, 2007
Palm Beach, Florida

The Special Seminar for Members of Port Authority Governing Boards and Commissions (“Commissioners Seminar”) is a two-and-one-half day seminar which covers the latest issues in the port industry, port management, personal liability and ethics considerations, and planning. This comprehensive program explores the unique duties and responsibilities of governing board members and allows participants to share valuable information. Port directors are encouraged to accompany their commissioners to this seminar.

2007 AAPA Maritime Economic Development Committee Workshop
June 19, 2007
Oxnard, CA

Ports are under increasing pressure to meet growth demands while at the same time working to maintain their current footprint in the face of community development priorities. The workshop addressed best practices in dealing with the “gentrification” of port property and the use of eminent domain as a tool to meet the demand for more land area.

2007 AAPA Public Relations Seminar
June 13, 2007
Cape Canaveral, Florida

This seminar is a PPM® Required. Learn how today’s savvy port communications professionals are using research and evaluation, audience segmentation, strategic planning and “new” media to effectively tell their port’s stories. Explore the myriad challenges and issues that port public relations departments now face and how are they are addressing those challenges. Get the scoop on the latest port communications strategies for the 21st century.

2007 AAPA Executive Management Conference
May 7, 2007
Tampa, Florida

PPM® Required The challenges facing port leaders today – including trade growth, enhanced security, and competing stakeholder interests – call forth a new level of leadership capability. Not only do port leaders need to be resilient in coping with and leading change, they also need to think more strategically about the challenges they face to identify innovative solutions. As Albert Einstein suggested, “The world we have made, as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far, creates problems we cannot solve at the same level of thinking at which we created them.” AAPA’s Executive Management Conference, offered since 1969, is designed to address timely port leadership issues and trends. Byron Hanke, PPM®, retired Executive Director of the Port of Vancouver, USA, has brought together a host of experienced port executive directors, senior line department managers, and other maritime industry professionals to share the essentials of port leadership and management.

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.

XVI 2007 Congress of Latin American Ports
April 23, 2007
Rosario, ARGENTINA

Multi-modalism in Port Activity Beyond Road Transportation: The studies of viability maintain that road transportation is most efficient for distances of less than 300 km. Meanwhile rail transportation is most efficient for distances between 300 and 500 km and water transportation is best for distances over 500 km. However, most of the cargo in Latin America is transported by road/highway, which is less advantageous means of transportation and the deterioration of roads and highways as trucks usually transport more cargo than what they can really carry (adapted from a study about agricultural indicators by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics).

2007 AAPA Spring Conference
March 19, 2007
Washington, D.C.

Travel to the U.S. capital and the historic Willard Inter-Continental Hotel for AAPA’s second-largest meeting of the year. This gathering of port professionals from throughout the hemisphere is held each year in Washington, DC, and features general sessions and workshops as well as committee and board meetings. Current trends in the maritime industry of relevance to all Western Hemisphere ports will be discussed. Special sessions on legislative issues and their impacts on ports are of particular interest to U.S. members. The annual “Washington People” reception and luncheon, anticipated for its outstanding speaker, brings together more than 300 legislators, federal agency staff, Congressional staffers, local maritime professionals, and AAPA members. This is the Association’s annual “thank you” luncheon for its Washington, DC, friends and affiliates. Since the room block fills up quickly, you should make lodging arrangements early!

2007 AAPA Latin American and Caribbean Executive Management Conference
February 12, 2007
Miami, Florida

Latin PPM® Required Learn about the key issues relevant to port professionals in the Caribbean and Latin America at this growing hemispheric conference. Topics will address port security, privatization, updates on the Panama Canal, and port operating strategies. A significant portion of the program will focus on dredging and navigation issues.

2007 AAPA Port Administration and Legal Issues Seminar
February 12, 2007
Miami, Florida

PPM® Elective This two-and-one-half day seminar covers the latest issues in port administration and legal issues. Topics to be discussed includes: port/tenant relations, including pricing, lease provisions and how/when a port can chose its tenants; environmental issues; human resources and employment law; port insurance and risk management strategies; and legal issues in addressing port security.

2007 AAPA Cruise Seminar
January 10, 2007
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Keeping up-to-date on the booming cruise industry is important for both homeports and ports of call. AAPA’s Cruise Committee has designed a special program for port managers, operations and engineering professionals, cruise facility consultants and marketers to address emerging trends for cruise ports. This seminar will tackle topics such as effective cruise line/port partnerships, environmental issues, developing cruise facilities for multiple uses, dealing with regulatory requirements at cruise facilities, and destination marketing. This is a great opportunity to network with cruise line executives and others in the cruise port business.

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2006

2006 AAPA Growth Opportunities for General Cargo and Shallow Draft Ports
November 14, 2006
Memphis, Tennessee

Special cargoes – special needs! This seminar is designed for economic development and operations professionals at shallow draft and general cargo ports that handle bulk, breakbulk and other special cargoes as well as containers. The focus of the seminar is on short sea shipping opportunities and challenges and trends and issues specific to operating these port facilities. Topics will include an overview and outlook for bulk and breakbulk markets, instruction on how to implement new security regulations and policies, how to plan for survival in today’s economy, and a review current environmental issues.

2006 AAPA Port Property Management and Pricing Seminar
October 24, 2006
Chicago, Illinois

Review the specialized concerns of port directors, port planners, property development and real estate managers, marketing managers, and business and trade development managers at this seminar. Panel discussion topics will address real estate, non-cargo business, commercial and industrial property utilization, and financing, and specifically may include: intermodal transportation; setting land use priorities; facilitating capital investment; attracting economic development; port pricing realities; regional trends in port pricing; nontraditional port property development; potential benefits of port cooperation; and brownfields development opportunities and constraints.

2006 AAPA Quality Partnership Initiative Project Managers Workshop
October 11, 2006
Portland, OR

The AAPA/Army Corps of Engineers Quality Partnership Initiative (QPI) Project Managers Workshop, October 11-12, will be hosted by the Port of Portland. The Workshop will be held at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower—921 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR.

2006 AAPA Annual Convention Business Program
September 10, 2006
New Orleans, Louisiana

This week-long convention, hosted by the Port of New Orleans, included technical and policy committee meetings, business sessions and social events allowing port professionals and others in the marine transportation industry to exchange views.

Port Security Seminar
July 19, 2006
Seattle, Washington

Addressing key security is the goal of this annual seminar. Topics will include U.S. Coast Guard, Port Security Initiatives and Programs; Port Access Issues and Challenges; Railroad Security at Seaports; Safeguarding LNG and Petrochemical Terminals; Managing, Funding and Implementing Port Security Projects; Customs and Border Protection; Deterring Cargo Theft, and Seaport Security and Law Enforcement in the Puget Sound Region.

Emergency Preparation and Response Seminar
July 11, 2006
Portland, Oregon

Is your port ready for a natural disaster? The 2006 Planning and Research Committee seminar will address how to prepare for and recover from a variety of emergency situations ranging from hurricanes to earthquakes. This program will provide specific training useful to port management, attorneys, engineers, operations personnel, communications staff and risk managers. Panelists will share their experiences and lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters.

XV Latin American Ports Reunion - Transportation Logistic and Infrastructure: Key to Competitiveness
June 27, 2006
Guayaquil, Ecuador

In conjunction with the program of the Inter-American Committee on Ports from the OAS, the Latin American Port Reunion will take place at the Hilton Colón Hotel in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador, which will make this a historic and mutually advantageous collaboration among both organizations. In compliance with the demands of the globalized economy, the conference will focus on the topic of “Transportation Logistics and Infrastructure: Key to Competitiveness” and will include topics of common interest to national port authorities, ports, private terminals and port operators.

Commissioners Seminar
June 14, 2006
Montréal, Quebec

The Special Seminar for Members of Port Authority Governing Boards and Commissions (“Commissioners Seminar”) is a two-and-one-half day seminar which covers the latest issues in the port industry, port management, and planning. Explore the unique duties and responsibilities of governing board members and learn about the latest port industry trends in port management and planning. This comprehensive program also allows participants to network and share valuable information. Port directors are encouraged to accompany their commissioners to this seminar.

Harbors, Navigation and Environment Seminar
June 6, 2006
Vancouver, British Colombia

This seminar will encompass a broad range of dredging and environmental issues of vital concern. Sessions will be conducted in an interactive format stressing free form discussions between presenters and attendees. Topics will include: • Preparing Infrastructure for Cargo • Port Sustainability • International Activities • Environmental Solutions at Terminals • Technology – Breakthrough Applications • Demonstrating Success • Managing the Risks – Making it Work • Getting Projects Passed: Innovative Partnerships and Building Coalitions

Port Finance Seminar
May 16, 2006
Baltimore, Maryland

Look no further if you are a port finance and administration officer, port planning professional, or other senior port executive. This is your opportunity to learn more about the complex issues relating to port finance. Topics will include: trends and new approaches in port financing; FASB/GASB updates; state funding of ports; customer bankruptcy; personnel administration; risk management and insurance; impact of environmental issues on port facility financing; capital planning and investment; bond issues; trends in tax exempt financing for ports; innovations in sourcing public port funding; and credit and collections issues.

Executive Management Conference
May 8, 2006
San Diego, California

AAPA’s Executive Management Conference, offered since 1969, is designed to address timely port leadership issues and trends. Byron Hanke, PPM®, retired Executive Director of the Port of Vancouver, USA, has brought together a host of experienced port executive directors, senior line department managers, and other maritime industry professionals to share the essentials of port leadership and management.

AAPA/NAWE/MARAD Marine Terminal Management Training Program
April 24, 2006
Charleston, South Carolina

The seminar – hosted by the AAPA, the National Association of Waterfront Employers, and the U.S. Maritime Administration – features a diverse slate of experts. Port industry veteran Erik Stromberg, and Tony Chiarello, President of Maersk Logistics Inc. and former Deputy Executive Director of the Maryland Port Administration, will lead the program. They will be joined by other top-level maritime industry experts in a full program of panel discussions, training sessions, and workshops.

Spring Conference
March 20, 2006
Washington, D.C.

Travel to the U.S. capital and the historic Willard Inter-Continental Hotel for AAPA’s second-largest meeting of the year. This gathering of port professionals from throughout the hemisphere is held each year in Washington, DC, and features general sessions and workshops as well as committee and board meetings. Current trends in the maritime industry of relevance to all Western Hemisphere ports will be discussed. Special sessions on legislative issues and their impacts on ports are of particular interest to U.S. members. The annual “Washington People” reception and luncheon, anticipated for its outstanding speaker, brings together more than 300 legislators, federal agency staff, Congressional staffers, local maritime professionals, and AAPA members. This is the Association’s annual “thank you” luncheon for its Washington, DC, friends and affiliates.

Latin American & Caribbean Executive Management Conference
February 22, 2006
Houston, Texas

Learn about the key issues relevant to port professionals in the Caribbean and Latin America at this vital conference. Topics will address "Port Competitiveness in Today’s Global Economy". A significant portion of the program will focus on administration and operation with the perspective of public administrators and private operators, shipping lines and international organizations.

Cruise Workshop
February 8, 2006
San Diego, California

Keeping up-to-date on the booming cruise industry is important for both homeports and ports of call. AAPA’s Cruise Committee has designed a special program for port managers, operations and engineering professionals, cruise facility consultants and marketers to address emerging trends for cruise ports. This seminar will tackle topics such as effective cruise line/port partnerships, environmental issues, developing cruise facilities for multiple uses, dealing with regulatory requirements at cruise facilities, and destination marketing. This is a great opportunity to network with cruise line executives and others in the cruise port business.

Facilities Engineering Seminar
January 11, 2006
Jacksonville, Florida

This two-and-one-half day seminar is designed for engineering professionals and covers engineering issues related to bulk, breakbulk, neo-bulk, and container terminals. Topics to be addressed can include project planning, owner-carrier-ship interface, maintenance, development in wetlands, dredging and project mitigation, terminal simulation, terminal equipment, intermodal development, berthing and fendering, and paving systems. Emphasis is placed on applications of rapidly evolving computer technology such as simulation and computerized design and drafting.