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News Release
FOR RELEASE - August 8, 2016
Contact: Aaron Ellis, Public Affairs Director,
(703) 684-5700

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

AAPA Mourns Loss of Helen Delich Bentley

Journalist, government official, congresswoman was staunch supporter of seaports, Port of Baltimore

In tribute to the life and many contributions of Helen Delich Bentley, who died on Aug. 6 at age 92, American Association of Port Authorities Executive Vice President and General Counsel Jean Godwin said:

“This past weekend, the port and maritime industry lost one of its most ardent supporters with the passing of Helen Delich Bentley on Aug. 6. Though best remembered by many for her work as a journalist, Federal Maritime Commission chairman and U.S. representative in Congress, we at AAPA acknowledge her strong advocacy for ports, particularly the Port of Baltimore.

In the first renaming of a U.S. port in honor of a living individual, Maryland Gov. Robert L. Erlich, Jr., named the port after Mrs. Bentley at a formal event recognizing the 300th anniversary of the port in 2006. 

We at the American Association of Port Authorities are greatly saddened by the loss of Mrs. Bentley, who devoted her life to making a positive, indelible mark on the seaport industry and its issues.  This was her passion and her pride. Her insights on port operations and public policy made her a very effective spokesperson for national port issues as well. Her expertise will be sorely missed in Washington.”

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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