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News Release
FOR RELEASE - August 14, 2019
Contact: Aaron Ellis, Public Affairs Director,
(703) 684-5700

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

Energy, Warehousing/Distribution Among Featured Topics at AAPA Annual Convention in Norfolk

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

Among the business sessions to be featured at the 108th Annual Convention and Expo of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) … the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas … will be a pair of concurrent sessions that focus on liquified natural gas (LNG) and non-marine terminal port developments.

The first is titled, “LNG in the Maritime Industry” and the second, “Economic Development Outside the Gate.” The two concurrent sessions will be held immediately following a presentation by featured speaker Ludovic Renou, president of CMA CGM America Inc., on Tuesday morning, Oct. 15.

“LNG has been used successfully and safely as a fuel for power generation for many decades,” said Stephen Cadden, chief operating officer for SEA/LNG and the discussion leader for the LNG concurrent session. “It’s use as a marine fuel is developing fast. The benefits of LNG are providing ship owners an unprecedented opportunity for a new, more competitive, safe and environmentally friendly marine fuel that complies with IMO 2020 and provides the basis for a pathway to lower carbon shipping.”

Mr. Cadden said he’ll begin his session by providing an overview of LNG’s growth as a marine fuel globally, as well as in the Americas. Then he’ll introduce Tim Nolan, president and CEO of TOTE Inc., who will describe TOTE’s successful journey and experience developing and operating the world’s first LNG-fueled container vessels.

In a nearby room, Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) Executive Director Griffith Lynch and JLL Ports, Airports & Global Infrastructure Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist Dr. Walter Kemmsies will engage their audience on a different topic … how ports can play a leadership role in encouraging and facilitating development of warehouses, distribution centers and other ventures outside a port’s shipping terminals that impact the flow of goods through the port.

“Seaports are the nexus of trade gateways that have five components: waterways, ports, railways, roadways and industrial real estate,” said Mr. Lynch, the session’s discussion leader. “Outside of leading efforts to dredge waterways in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and investing in infrastructure on their own real estate, ports have to cooperate with railroads, departments of transportation and industrial real estate developers to ensure that capacity across the gateway expands in a coordinated way.”

He noted that it doesn’t benefit any segment of the gateway if there’s over- or under-investment, since both lead to capacity bottlenecks.

“Encouraging industrial real estate investment is the most difficult part of leading a coordinated and balanced capacity expansion across the gateway,” explained Dr. Kemmsies, the session’s lead presenter. “Historical events live in the memory of investors. Port authorities need to educate and assure investors while not showing favoritism.”

Dr. Kemmsies said he plans to go through some of the trends impacting port gateways, as well as some trends in industrial real estate before citing some brief case studies. In his final case study, he’ll call on GPA’s Mr. Lynch to join him in discussing a scenario focusing on the Port of Savannah.

Among the top-level sponsoring organizations for AAPA’s 2019 convention are The Propeller Club of the United States-Port of Norfolk, and engineering firms Moffatt & Nichol and WSP.

“Moffatt & Nichol is excited to sponsor this year’s AAPA annual convention in Norfolk. We’ve had a long-lasting relationship with the convention’s host, The Port of Virginia, and look forward to supporting what has always been one of the most forward-looking port facilities in the nation,” said Moffatt & Nichol Vice President Dick Steinke. “We’re always proud to participate in the annual AAPA convention, this year as a Panamax-level sponsor. Year after year, the conference has proven to be the premiere event for leaders in the seaport industry.”

Blair Garcia, PPM®, vice president and deputy director of WSP’s U.S. Maritime Division, said: “WSP remains steadfast in our commitment to help AAPA and its member ports with crucial ‘Future Ready’ initiatives such as the PPM® (Port Professional Manager) certification program, the Port Planning & Investment Toolkit, and The Port of Virginia’s modernization strategy. With the addition of Berger ABAM’s Maritime practice, we’re expanding our help to the AAPA and more ports across the Americas.”

Dana Truxell, 2019 president of the Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Norfolk, also weighed in, saying: “We proudly support AAPA as a Panamax-level sponsor for the 2019 convention, hosted by The Port of Virginia.  Our membership is represented in all aspects of the maritime industry and this event aligns with our core mission of fostering an environment to network, discuss and collaborate. We’re dedicated to the enhancement and well-being of all interests of the maritime community here in Hampton Roads, and within our sister ports around the United States.”

The convention’s 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 feature a pair of “breakout” sessions that run concurrently which focus on LNG uses in the marine industry, and on business ventures beyond the marine terminal that impact port cargo movements


The convention runs Oct. 13-16, with open business sessions all day Oct. 15 and 16.


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 opening day 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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