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News Release
FOR RELEASE - April 12, 2016
Contact: Aaron Ellis, Public Affairs Director,
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American Association of Port Authorities
Phone: (202) 792-4033

Mark McAndrews Elected As AAPA 2016-17 Board Chairman

At its 2016 Spring Conference on April 6, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)—the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas—elected Port of Pascagoula Port Director Mark McAndrews to serve as the association’s chairman of the board for the 2016-17 activity year that begins in late October.

Mr. McAndrews is slated to be installed as chairman for a one-year term on the final day of AAPA’s 105th Annual Convention, set for Oct. 23-26, in New Orleans.  He will assume the chairmanship from Port Saint John (NB) President and CEO Jim Quinn, who began his one-year AAPA term last November.

“With his vast maritime and port authority management background, Mark McAndrews is a superb choice to lead our association for the upcoming activity year,” said Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and chief executive officer. “Mark’s experience and leadership skills will be of enormous value as our member ports work together to address common challenges and legislative priorities.”

Although Mr. McAndrews has served as Port of Pascagoula’s port director since March 2001, his maritime career extends more than 35 years and involves public and private sector experience, including stevedoring and maritime terminal management, marine operations and public port administration.

In addition to his role as port director, he is chairman of the Gulf Ports Association of the Americas, chairman of AAPA’s Gulf Caucus, and serves on AAPA’s U.S. Legislative Policy Council and Executive Committee. Outside of AAPA, he is a member of the Mississippi Coast Foreign Trade Zone’s Executive Committee and serves on the board of directors of the Mississippi Water Resources Association and Mississippi Intermodal Council.


About AAPA

Founded in 1912, AAPA today represents 130 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and more than 200 sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with an interest in seaports. According to IHS World Trade Service, combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere ports in 2014 totaled 3.48 billion metric tons in volume and US$3.75 trillion in value. Of that total, ports in Central and South America handled 1.68 billion metric tons of cargo valued at US$1.36 trillion, while North American ports handled 1.79 billion metric tons of goods, valued at US$2.39 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 


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