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News Release
FOR RELEASE - September 30, 2013
Contact: Aaron Ellis,
(703) 684-5700

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

Winners Announced in AAPA’s 2013 Facilities Engineering, IT and Environmental Improvement Programs

Cruise Award recipient also to be recognized at port association’s 102nd Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla.

Successful entries in the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) 2013 Environmental Improvement, Facilities Engineering and Information Technology award competitions have been named following a rigorous entry and selection process.  The winners in these three programs, together with the 99 successful entries in AAPA’s 2013 Communications Awards program (announced on May 31) will be recognized during the awards luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 17, at AAPA’s 102nd Annual Convention and Exposition in Orlando, which runs Oct. 13-17 and is being hosted by the Canaveral Port Authority.

The association’s Facilities Engineering Awards program, which began in 2003, has as its goal to recognize excellence, innovation and performance by port engineering professionals. Entries are judged on the basis of engineering innovation, means of contracting, speed of construc­tion, budget success and other measures, as appropriate.  The winner of this year’s AAPA Facilities Engineering Award is the Port of New Orleans, for its entry, "The Riverfront Cold Storage Facility." The port selected McDonnel/Primus Joint Venture (MPJV) to design and construct its new facility.  For a summary of the Port of New Orleans’ winning entry, click here.

AAPA’s Information Technology Awards program, which began in 2002, highlights port technology accomplishments in the areas of Port Operations and Management Systems and in Improvements in Intermodal Freight Transportation. Award criteria include the level and nature of benefits; the creativity of the solutions or programs; whether the project or program results are apparent; the cost effectiveness of the activity or the program; and the transferability of the technology or idea to the port industry. This year’s IT Awards program winner is Port Fourchon, located in southern Louisiana, whose successful “Maritime Domain Awareness System” entry was submitted in the Port Operations and Management Systems category.  For a summary of Port Fourchon’s winning entry, click here.

Since 1973, AAPA’s Environmental Improvement Awards program has recognized activities which benefit the environment at its member ports. This awards program has four distinct project entry categories: 1) Environmental Enhancement; 2) Mitigation; 3) Stakeholder Awareness, Education & Involvement; and 4) Comprehensive Environmental Management.  Award criteria include  the level and nature of the environmental benefits; beautification or community involvement; the level of independent involvement and effort; creativity; project or program results; cost effectiveness; and transferability to the port industry.  The winner of this year’s AAPA Environmental Improvement Awards program is the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority for its entry, “Flotsam & Jetsam: Leading Environmental Restoration in Cleveland Harbor,” in the Environmental Enhancement category. For a summary of the Port of Cleveland’s winning entry, click here.

Also being recognized at the association’s annual convention during the luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 15, is AAPA’s 2013 Cruise Award recipient—Karl L. Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line & New Vacation Operations.  Mr. Holz, who will be that day’s keynote speaker, is being recognized for his distinguished leadership at Disney, such as handling the crises resulting from the 2004 storms in Florida that closed Disney Cruise Lines’ homeport of Port Canaveral, Fla., for two weeks; for expanding the cruise line’s brand to select U.S. embarkation ports beyond Port Canaveral; and for doubling Disney’s fleet to four ships. AAPA periodically presents its Cruise Award in recognition of an individual or individuals whose outstanding work or service has had a positive impact on the relationship between a cruise port and the cruise industry in the Western Hemisphere.  Nominees may be recognized for positive contributions with international impact or for benefits to ports within a country or region.  

Additional information about AAPA’s 102nd Annual Convention and Exhibition, including its business program’s agenda, exhibitors and sponsors, is available at  

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