Port Execs to Discuss Hurricane Impacts & Recovery
TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 20, 2005) – As part of the
American Association of Port Authorities’ 94th Annual Convention
here next week (see
http://clients.pgi.com/aapa/index.html), port executives from
three of the worst-hit seaports in the Gulf Coast after hurricanes
Katrina and Rita will gather on Oct. 27, together with a Caribbean
port executive whose facilities were ravaged by Hurricane Ivan in
September 2004. Their goals are to compare notes, detail the
challenges they faced (and may still be facing), and assess
opportunities for improving preparedness and response to similar
crises in the future.
The “Hurricane Preparation and Recovery” panel
comprises Gary LaGrange, president and CEO of the Port of New
Orleans; Ted Falgout, executive director of the Greater LaFourche
Port Commission, in southernmost Louisiana; Mark McAndrews, port
director of Mississippi’s Port of Pascagoula; and Joseph Woods Jr.,
manager of marine and cargo for the Port Authority of the Cayman
Islands. Charles Towsley, Port of Miami’s port director and a
veteran of many hurricanes himself, will lead the discussion.
Richard A. Wainio, port director & CEO of the
Tampa Port Authority, commented, “We are extremely pleased to host
this year’s convention. This hurricane discussion is especially
timely, given recent experiences. Hurricanes like Katrina and Rita
might have impacted any port on the Gulf or Atlantic coasts, and we
all would benefit from hearing the lessons learned.”
WHAT: Panel discussing hurricane impacts
on their ports and recovery opportunities.
Leaders from ports in New Orleans and LaFourche, Louisiana;
Pascagoula, Mississippi; and Grand Cayman Island, West Indies.