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News Release
FOR RELEASE - August 9, 2018
Contact: Aaron Ellis, Public Affairs Director,
(703) 684-5700

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

AAPA Slates 2019 Calendar of Seminars & Conferences

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

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)— the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas—has slated 11 maritime industry training programs and conferences for 2019, including the popular Planning for Shifting Trade workshop in Tampa, FL (Jan. 30-31); Port Administration and Legal Issues in Ft. Lauderdale (Feb. 12-13); the association’s annual Spring Conference in Washington, DC (March 19-21); the threat prevention-focused Port Security Seminar and Expo in Philadelphia (July 24-26); the PR and customer outreach-centered Communications and Marketing Seminar, in Montréal, Québec (Oct. 28-29); and the Western Hemisphere seaport industry’s 108th Annual Convention and Exposition (Oct. 13-16), to be held in Norfolk, VA, and hosted by The Port of Virginia.

AAPA’s Professional Port Manager (PPM®) class of 2023 will kick off at the week-long Executive Management Conference in San Diego (May 6-10).  In addition, AAPA will hold its first-ever Workforce Development Workshop in Long Beach (June 25-26) to look at ways to address the challenge of filling skilled maritime jobs requiring specialized training as we face a rapidly retiring workforce.

In response to port concerns about recent hurricanes, AAPA is updating and bringing back its program on Emergency Preparation, Response and Recovery. The event will be held in Corpus Christi, TX (Nov. 13-14), and focus on planning for and responding to the impacts of emergency situations ranging from hurricanes to cyber attacks that can severely impact port operations for days or even weeks.

Further information about the 2019 AAPA workshop, seminar and conference programs is now available on the AAPA website. Additional topic-specific programs may be added to the AAPA website during the year which don’t appear below.

Program Title                                2019 Dates         Location

Planning for Shifting Trade

Jan. 30-31

Westin Tampa Waterside
Tampa, FL

Port Administration and
Legal Issues Seminar

Feb. 12-13

Port Everglades
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Cruise Seminar

Feb. 20-21

Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay
Miami, FL

AAPA Spring Conference

March 20-21

Grand Hyatt Washington
Washington, DC

Facilities Engineering Seminar

April 24-26

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL

Executive Management Conference

May 6-10

Rancho Bernardo Resort
San Diego, CA

Special Seminar for Members of Port Authority Governing Board & Commissions

June 18-20

Grand Hyatt San Francisco
San Francisco, CA


Workforce Development Seminar

June 25-26

Long Beach City College
Long Beach, CA

Port Security Seminar and Expo

July 24-26

Bellevue Hotel
Philadelphia, PA

AAPA 108th Annual Convention
& Exposition

Oct. 13-16

Hilton Norfolk The Main
Norfolk, VA

Communications and Marketing Seminar

Oct. 28-29

Port of Montréal headquarters building
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Emergency Preparation, Response and Recovery Seminar

Nov. 13-14

Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center
Corpus Christi, TX

Additional 2019 Programs:

Business Development Workshop April 3 Port Houston Hdqtrs. Board Room
111 E. Loop N., Houston, TX
No hotel room block. AAPA 
recommends staying at the
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Hobby Airport
8181 Airport Blvd, Houston, TX
Tel: 713-645-3000
Workforce Development Seminar June 25-26

Long Beach City College
Long Beach, CA
Room block is at
Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Airport
3841 N Lakewood Blvd
Long Beach, CA
Tel: 562-429-5803

XXVIII Latin American Congress of Ports Nov. 19-21 Miami, FL
(hotel TBD)

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

About AAPA
Founded in 1912 and recognized as the unified voice of seaports in the Americas, 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 Markit’s World Trade Service, combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere ports in 2016 totaled 3.49 billion metric tons in volume and US$3.01 trillion in value. Of that total, ports in Central and South America handled 1.71 billion metric tons of cargo valued at US$941 billion, while North American ports handled 1.79 billion metric tons of goods, valued at US$2.07 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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