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News Release
FOR RELEASE - November 30, 2020
Contact: Aaron Ellis, Public Affairs Director,
(703) 254-7098

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

AAPA Slates 2021 Calendar of Seminars and Conferences

Overall, the hemispheric port industry trade association plans nine events for 2021

AAPA will build and strengthen its AAPA Anywhere brand in 2021 to deliver a mix of in-person, virtual and hybrid conferences and events, while remaining committed to following all guidance and protocols regarding health and safety. In addition to a hybrid Spring Conference in Washington, D.C. (March 15-18) and a hybrid  110th Annual Convention & Exposition in Austin, TX (Sept. 26-29), the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)— the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas—has slated seven additional maritime industry conferences, meetings and professional training seminars for 2021.

The additional events include the virtual Communications, Administration and Legal Issues Seminar (Feb. 22-26), the week-long, in-person Marine Terminal Management Training Seminar in Miami, FL (April 19-23), the in-person Commissioners Seminar in San Diego, CA (May 11-13), the virtual Cruise Seminar (June 21-25), a hybrid Port Security Seminar and Expo in New York, NY (July 13-15), the hybrid Facilities Engineering Seminar and Expo in Savannah, GA (Nov. 2-4) and the in-person Executive Management Conference in Phoenix, AZ (Nov. 15-19).

“For 2021,” said AAPA Membership and Sponsorship Vice President Meredith Martino, “we look forward to convening our industry again in safe and appropriate settings. At the same time, we’ll continue to grow our AAPA Anywhere virtual offerings, including by adding virtual elements to in-person events to offer hybrid experiences, where attendees can choose the participation option that’s right for them. Additionally, should pandemic conditions force us to pivot away from individual in-person events, we have the capability to successfully move from in-person or hybrid events to fully virtual events as needed.”

Additional information about the 2021 AAPA workshops, seminars, conferences and meetings is available on the AAPA website. Further topic-specific events may be added to the AAPA website during the year which don’t appear below.

Event Name 2021 Dates Location
Communications, Administration & Legal Issues Seminar February 22-26 Virtual via the AAPA Anywhere platform
Spring Conference* March 15-18 Washington Marriott at Metro Center
Washington, DC
Marine Terminal Management Training April 19-23 Hyatt Regency Miami
Miami, FL
Commissioners Seminar May 11-13 Manchester Grand Hyatt
San Diego, CA
Cruise Seminar June 21-25 Virtual via the AAPA Anywhere platform
Port Security Seminar & Expo* July 13-15 Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
New York, NY
110th Annual Convention & Expo* September 26-29 JW Marriott Austin
Austin, TX
Facilities Engineering Seminar & Expo* November 2-4 The DeSoto
Savannah, GA
Executive Management Conference November 15-19 Phoenix, AZ
Latin American Congress of Ports November 29-December 1 Hotel Hilton Cartagena
Cartagena, Colombia

*hybrid event that will include virtual option as well as in-person option

Please include the above events 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 130 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and more than 200 industry solution providers, supply chain partners and academia with an interest in seaports.

   According to IHS Markit’s GTA Forecasting, combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere seaports in 2018 totaled nearly 4.2 billion metric tons in volume and US$3.7 trillion in value. Of that combined total, seaports in Central and South America handled 1.86 billion metric tons of cargo valued at US$1.17 trillion, while North American seaports handled 2.34 billion metric tons of goods, valued at US$2.53 trillion.  Within North America, U.S. seaports handled 1.01 billion metric tons of international trade valued at US$1.95 trillion, while Canada’s seaports handled 380.53 million metric tons of goods valued at US$266.67 billion, and Mexico’s seaports handled 352.53 million metric tons of cargo valued at US$312.91 billion.

   To meet the growing demand for trade, AAPA and its members are committed to keeping seaports navigable, secure and sustainable.  For more information, visit On Twitter:


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