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News Release
FOR RELEASE - August 7, 2019
Contact: Aaron Ellis, Public Affairs Director,
(703) 684-5700

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

Port of Virginia Harbor Tour to Kick Off AAPA Annual Convention in Norfolk

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

Carrie B
The Carrie B, photograph courtesy of Karl Bowden and Frogsview2

To kick off the 108th Annual Convention and Expo of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) … the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas … convention host The Port of Virginia, on Monday afternoon, Oct. 14, will provide registrants with a narrated harbor cruise aboard the Carrie B, an authentic replica of a 19th century paddle-wheeler.

The boat tour will provide 360-degree views of the Norfolk Harbor – one of the deepest and widest natural harbors in the world. Participants will see maritime commerce in action as they pass three of The Port of Virginia’s current terminals … the Naval Shipyard, coal piers, as well as the future Craney Island Marine Terminal.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Jacobs) is among the convention’s sponsors who are excited to participate in the annual conference and show off The Port of Virginia’s many amenities.

“Jacobs is proud to be the Post-Panamax level sponsor of the AAPA annual convention,” said Jacobs Vice President Todd Stockberger. “It’s an honor for us to support AAPA’s mission as the voice of the seaport industry and help shine a spotlight on our partner and one of the most strategic and progressive ports in the industry -- The Port of Virginia.”

Jacobs is providing program management, planning, design and construction support to The Port of Virginia for its recently expanded Virginia International Gateway terminal and throughout all seven of its terminals.

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.

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 will kick off with a tour of The Port of Virginia harbor for convention registrants and media


Harbor tour takes place Monday, October 14, 2019, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Participants will leave at 3:30 p.m. from the convention hotel: Hilton Norfolk The Main, 100 East Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510


Professional journalists representing bona-fide media outlets may request a code by emailing Aaron Ellis at or Joe Harris at to register online for complimentary access to the harbor tour, the open business sessions (Oct. 15-16), the exhibition hall, and the closing reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 16. Journalists registering online should select the “Media” registration option after receiving their code.

About The Port of Virginia
The Port of Virginia, headquartered in Norfolk, is comprised of four marine terminals, two intermodal container transfer facilities and a barge terminal. It has on-dock, double-stack rail served by two Class One rail lines, Norfolk Southern and CSX. The Port of Virginia is located within one day’s drive of two-thirds of the nation’s population and regularly serves vessels in excess of 14,000 TEUs. The port is mid-way through a $695 million expansion project that will increase annual container capacity by 40 percent by 2020. It has 50’ deep channels and recently received approval to deepen its channels to 55’ and widen to 1,300’.

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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