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News Release
FOR RELEASE - February 1, 2019
Contact: Aaron Ellis, Public Affairs Director,
(703) 684-5700

American Association of Port Authorities
Phone: (202) 792-4033

AAPA Updates 2019 Calendar of Programs

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) — the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas — has added an event and revised the dates of two others in its slate of 2019 maritime industry training programs and conferences.  

New to the 2019 lineup is the Business Development Workshop in Houston, TX (April 2-3), while the date for AAPA's biennial Cruise Seminar in Miami, FL is Feb. 20-21, and the 28th Annual Latin American Congress of Ports in Miami, FL, will be held Nov. 19-21. 

With the popular Planning for Shifting Trade workshop in Tampa, FL (Jan. 30-31) having just concluded (presentations from that seminar will be posted at this link), additional upcoming programs include: the Port Administration and Legal Issues seminar in Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Feb. 12-13); the association’s annual Spring Conference in Washington, DC (March 19-21); the threat prevention-focused Port Security Seminar and Expo in Philadelphia (July 24-26); the public relations and customer outreach-centered Communications and Marketing Seminar in Montréal, Québec (Oct. 28-29); and the Western Hemisphere seaport industry’s 108th Annual Convention and Exposition (Oct. 13-16), to be held in Norfolk, VA, and hosted by The Port of Virginia.

AAPA’s Professional Port Manager (PPM®) class of 2023 will kick off at the week-long Executive Management Conference in San Diego, CA (May 6-10). In addition, AAPA will hold its first-ever Workforce Development Workshop in Long Beach, CA  (June 25-26) to look at ways to address the challenge of filling skilled maritime jobs requiring specialized training as we face a rapidly retiring workforce.

In response to port concerns about recent hurricanes, AAPA is updating and bringing back its program on Emergency Preparation, Response and Recovery. The event will be held in Corpus Christi, TX (Nov. 13-14), and focus on planning for and responding to the impacts of emergency situations ranging from extreme weather to cyber attacks that can severely impact port operations for days or even weeks.

Further information about the 2019 AAPA workshop, seminar and conference programs is now available on the AAPA website. Additional topic-specific programs may be added to the AAPA website during the year which don’t appear below.

Program Title

2019 Dates


Port Administration and
Legal Issues Seminar

Feb. 12-13

Port Everglades
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Cruise Seminar   

Feb. 20-21

Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay
Miami, FL

AAPA Spring Conference

March 19-21

Grand Hyatt Washington
Washington, DC

Business Development Workshop

April 2-3

Port Houston hdqtrs.
No room block.
AAPA recommends staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton
Houston Hobby Airport Hotel
8181 Airport Blvd., Houston, TX
Tel: (713) 645-3000

Facilities Engineering

April 24-26

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL

Executive Management

 May 6-10

Rancho Bernardo Resort
San Diego, CA

Special Seminar for
Members of Port Authority
Governing Boards
& Commissions

June 18-20

Grand Hyatt San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Workforce Development

June 25-26 

Long Beach City College
Long Beach, CA

Port Security Seminar and

 July 24-26

Bellevue Hotel
Philadelphia, PA

AAPA 108th Annual 
Convention & Exposition

Oct. 13-16

Hilton Norfolk The Main
Norfolk, VA

Communications and

 Oct. 28-29

Port of Montréal hdqtrs.
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Emergency Preparation,
Response and Recovery

Nov. 13-14

Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center
Corpus Christi, TX

XXVIII Latin American Congress 
of Ports

Nov. 19-21

(Hotel to be announced)
Miami, FL

Please include the above programs in your printed and on-line calendar of events.

About AAPA
Founded in 1912 and recognized as the unified voice of seaports in the Americas, AAPA today represents 140 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and more than 250 sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with an interest in seaports. According to IHS Markit’s World Trade Service, combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere ports in 2016 totaled 3.49 billion metric tons in volume and US$3.01 trillion in value. Of that total, ports in Central and South America handled 1.71 billion metric tons of cargo valued at US$941 billion, while North American ports handled 1.79 billion metric tons of goods, valued at US$2.07 trillion. To meet the growing demand for trade, the AAPA and its members are committed to keeping seaports navigable, secure and sustainable.  For more information, visit On Twitter:

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