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News Release
FOR RELEASE - June 28, 2019
Contact: Aaron Ellis (Public Affairs Director) or Mary Beth Long (External Affairs VP),
(703) 684-5700

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

Economic Development, Trade, Technology, Coastal Resiliency Among Varied Topics of AAPA’s 108th Annual Convention and Expo in Norfolk, VA

Annual event features Western Hemisphere’s largest gathering of seaport and maritime transportation professionals


The Port of Virginia, sheltering the world’s largest naval base, home of America’s fifth largest containerized cargo complex and featuring the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast, will host the 108th Annual Convention and Expo of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) - the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas - from Oct. 13 through Oct. 16.

This will be the fifth time since AAPA’s founding in 1912 that its annual convention, which comprises the Western Hemisphere’s largest gathering of seaport and maritime transportation professionals, will be held in Norfolk.

The three-day business program features a robust agenda, with industry leaders and subject matter experts focusing on topics ranging from ports as economic development engines, to technology and big data, cargo transportation efficiency, trade policy, emergency response and cybersecurity.

One of the convention’s featured speakers will be CMA CGM America LLC President Ludovic Renou, who has more than 20 years of experience in shipping, global logistics and executive management, together with international leadership roles during assignments in China, Indonesia, Vietnam and India. In January 2018, Mr. Renou was appointed to lead CMA CGM America’s more than 900 associates managing annual volumes of more than 4.8 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

Mr. Renou’s address will focus on CMA CGM’s innovation in a competitive and dynamic market environment, including adapting to new IMO 2020 emission requirements and the acquisition of CEVA, a global leading player in the logistics sector, to further meet logistics and supply chain needs of cargo owners.

More information about AAPA’s 108th Annual Convention and Expo, including its business program agenda, exhibitors and sponsors, is available at


Hosted by The Port of Virginia for the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)


AAPA’s 108th Annual Convention and Expo, featuring speakers such as Ludovic Renou, president of CMA CGM America LLC, together with a host of leading port, industry, government and academic specialists.


October 13-16, 2019


Hilton Norfolk The Main, 100 East Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510


Professional journalists representing bona-fide media outlets may request complimentary access to open business sessions (Oct. 15-16) by contacting either AAPA Public Affairs Director Aaron Ellis ( or AAPA External Affairs Vice President Mary Beth Long (

About AAPA
Founded in 1912 and recognized as the unified voice of seaports in the Americas, 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 Markit’s World Trade Service, combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere ports in 2017 totaled 4.303 billion metric tons in volume and US$2.675 trillion in value. Of that total, ports in Central and South America handled 1.741 billion metric tons of cargo valued at US$1.024 trillion, while North American ports handled 1.90 billion metric tons of goods, valued at US$2.305 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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