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News Release
FOR RELEASE - August 10, 2017
Contact: Aaron Ellis, Public Affairs Director,
(703) 684-5700

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

AAPA Announces 2018 Calendar of Seminars & Conferences

11 maritime industry programs slated; add’l programs to be announced

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)— the recognized and coordinated voice of seaports in the Americas—has slated 11 maritime industry training programs and conferences for 2018, including the popular Planning for Shifting Trade workshop in Tampa, FL, Jan. 30-31; the communications-focused Public Relations Workshop in Mobile, AL, (March 1-2); AAPA’s first-ever supply chain information management Smart Ports program in Oakland, CA (March 6-7); the association’s annual Spring Conference in Washington, D.C. (March 20-21); the port infrastructure-centric Capital Projects Seminar in Norfolk, VA (May 8-9); and the Western Hemisphere seaport industry’s 107th Annual Convention and Exposition (Oct. 7-10), to be held in Valparaíso, Chile, and hosted by the Port of Valparaíso.

In response to favorable member feedback, AAPA is updating and bringing back the Energy and Environment Seminar that was last held in Vancouver, Canada, in September 2016. The 2018 seminar will move across the continent to Jersey City, NJ (Sept. 11-12), and again focus on energy as both a commodity/business line and a power source/cost-savings opportunity for ports.

Further information about the 2018 AAPA workshop, seminar and conference programs is now available on the AAPA website. Additional day-long, topic-specific programs may be added to the AAPA website during the year which don’t appear below.

Program Title 2018 Dates Location
Planning for Shifting Trade Jan. 30-31  Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
Tampa, FL

Public Relations Workshop March 1-2  Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza
Mobile, AL

Smart Ports March 6-7  Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel
Oakland, CA

AAPA Spring Conference March 20-21 

Westin Washington DC City Center
Washington, DC

Finance Seminar April 17-19  Andaz Savannah (a Hyatt property)
Savannah, GA

Capital Projects Seminar May 8-9  Sheraton Norfolk Waterside
Norfolk, VA

Port Security Seminar & Expo July 25-27

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
Chicago, IL

Commissioners Seminar June 19-21 Montréal Marriott Chateau Champlain
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Energy and Environment Seminar Sept. 11-12  Hyatt Regency Jersey City
Jersey City, NJ

Marine Terminal Management Training Program Oct. 1-5  Westin Long Beach
Long Beach, CA

AAPA 107th Annual Convention
& Exposition

Oct. 7-10 

Sheraton Miramar Hotel and Convention Center
Valparaíso, Chile
























Please include the above programs in your printed and on-line calendar of events.

About AAPA
Founded in 1912, AAPA today represents 140 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and more than 250 sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with an interest in seaports. According to IHS Inc. - World Trade Service, combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere ports in 2015 totaled 3.45 billion metric tons in volume and US$3.36 trillion in value. Of that total, ports in Central and South America handled 1.69 billion metric tons of cargo valued at US$1.15 trillion, while North American ports handled 1.76 billion metric tons of goods, valued at US$2.21 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 On Twitter:

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