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News Release
FOR RELEASE - January 12, 2016
Contact: Aaron Ellis, Public Affairs Director,

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

Port Execs To Discuss Trade, Goods Movement Impacts During Media Briefing In Tampa, Jan. 21

Shifting international trade patterns at seaports throughout the Americas – with mega-size vessels requiring higher capacity road and rail connections serving ports, along with deeper harbors, bigger cranes and sturdier berths – can bolster a region’s economy while straining its infrastructure. Because there’s no stopping these trade shifts, ports – and the communities they serve – must learn to adapt in order to bolster job growth, prevent traffic snarls and remain competitive.  

To address these issues, executives representing Port Tampa Bay and the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the unified and recognized voice of Western Hemisphere seaports – will hold a media briefing on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m. The briefing is part of the ninth annual Shifting International Trade Routes conference at Le Méridien Tampa Hotel, in Tampa, Fla., Jan. 21-22.  Hosted by Port Tampa Bay, the program is sponsored by AAPA, in cooperation with the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

Press briefing speakers will include Port Tampa Bay President and CEO Paul Anderson, together with Saint John (New Brunswick) Port Authority President and CEO Jim Quinn (who serves as AAPA’s 2015/16 Chairman of the Board) and AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle. They will discuss key issues affecting international trade, and important trends and variables like global trade demand and its effects on domestic exports. They will also discuss funding for critical transportation infrastructure, such as waterside and landside improvements that are necessary to keep ports, as well as local and regional economies, viable.  All three presenters are highly seasoned maritime industry experts who will offer unique and complementary perspectives on dominant trade, transportation and infrastructure issues that affect nearly all Western Hemisphere seaports.

The 2016 Shifting International Trade Routes program began in Tampa in 2008 and is now one of AAPA’s best attended conferences. 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.

WHO: Port Tampa Bay President & CEO Paul Anderson, together with Saint John Port Authority President and CEO/AAPA Chairman of the Board Jim Quinn, and AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle
WHAT:  Media briefing on current and upcoming trade and goods movement impacts to roads, rails and waterways due to the needs of mega-ships carrying mega-loads of freight.

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, 10:30 -11:00 a.m.

WHERE:     Le Méridien Tampa Hotel, 601 North Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33602
MEDIA: Professional journalists representing bona-fide media outlets are encouraged to attend the media briefing and can request complimentary access to the Shifting International Trade Routes Conference business sessions.

About Port Tampa Bay
Port Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest port and the largest economic engine in west central Florida, supporting nearly 80,000 jobs and generating almost $15 billion in annual economic impact. In addition to being a top 10 U.S. cruise port, the port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and is a major shipbuilding and repair center. Port Tampa Bay is the first seaport in the U.S. to receive the designation as “StormReady” by the National Weather Service.

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