FOR RELEASE - June 16, 2005
Contact: Aaron Ellis, firstname.lastname@example.org
American Association of Port Authorities
Phone: (202) 792-4033
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (June 16, 2005) — In the intensifying global climate of war and upheaval, security remains the paramount financial and logistical challenge confronting the international seaport community. At the same time, ports must deal on a day-to-day basis with the need to ensure a safe and secure workplace environment for their employees, customers and the public at large.
These are compelling reasons why the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the organization representing public ports throughout the Western Hemisphere, each year provides a forum of speakers, interactive programs and exhibits to help ports improve security and safety at their facilities. This year’s AAPA Port Security and Safety Seminar, hosted by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, will be held at the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel and Conference Center in East Rutherford, N.J., July 27-29.
9/11, U.S. seaports have instituted heightened security measures and
have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to address terrorism
Discussion topics for the security and safety seminar include: a progress report of the Transportation Workers Identity Card (TWIC) initiative; building a port authority police force; combating port terrorism and cargo theft; radiation safety measures; National Incident Management System (NIMS) training; and paying for port security and safety. Tabletop exhibits featuring port safety and security programs and products will also be in abundance.
More information and an agenda for the AAPA Port Security and Safety Seminar can be found at www.aapa-ports.org or by calling Ed O’Connell, AAPA membership services director, at 703-706- 4709.