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AAPA Quality Partnership Initiative Project Managers Workshop

December 1, 2008
Port of Ponce, Puerto Rico

4th Annual Project Managers Workshop Perspective: Policy and Process

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Eng. Ramón Torres Morales, Executive Director, Port of the Americas, Ponce, PR
  • Kurt J. Nagle, President & CEO, American Association of Port Authorities, Alexandria, VA
  • Hon. John Paul Woodley, Jr., Chairman, U.S. Section, International Navigation Association (PIANC), Assistant Secretary, U.S. Army, Civil Works, Washington, DC

Workshop Charge

  • Gary Loew - Co-Chair, Director, Programs Development, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,Washington, DC
  • Frank L. Hamons - Co-Chair, Deputy Director for Harbor Development, Maryland Port Administration, Baltimore, MD

Budget: Increased Maintenance Funding—Alternative Approaches

Discussion Leaders:

  • Lloyd Saunders, PhD, Channel Development Manager, Port of Houston Authority
  • Peter C. Luisa, Program Development, Programs Integration Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


  • Tammy Cameron, Vice President, Van Scoyoc Associates, Inc.
  • Jim Hannon, Acting Chief, Operation & Regulatory, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Process: Making WRDA 2007 Work

Discussion Leaders:

  • Dr. Bory Steinberg, Senior Partner, Steinberg & Associates
  • Ken Claseman, Sr. Policy Advisor for Economics, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Policy & Planning
  • Kim Smith, Office of Water Policy Review, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Policy & Planning

Legislation: WRDA and Surface Transportation Bill Reauthorization

Discussion Leaders: 

  • Ted Illston, Counsel Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
  • John Anderson, Minority Staff Director, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee

Overview on Port of the Americas Project and Mitigation


Regulatory: Red Tape on the Front Line

Discussion Leaders:

  • Paul Carangelo, REM, CESM, PWSm Coastal Environmental Planner, Port of Corpus Christi Authority
  • Osvaldo Collazo, USACE Regulatory , Jacksonville District


  • Jim Hannon
  • James E. Walker, USACE National Dredging Team Coordinator, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Defining the “New Normal” process for moving from (lack of) Appropriations to Maintenance Dredging Projects

Discussion Leaders:

  • Gary Loew, Director, Programs Development, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Jim Hannon, Acting Chief of Operations, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Roger Cockrell, Professional Staff Member, Senate Appropriations Committee

Project Costs and Contracting: Getting More Done

Discussion Leaders:

  • James E. Walker, Navigation Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • William H. Hanson, Vice President, U.S. Business Development, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company LLC

Don’t Dredge!: Alternatives to Dredging

Discussion Leaders:

  • James Bailard, SedCon Technologies, Inc.
  • Joe T. Bryant, Vice President, Terminal Development, South Carolina State Ports Authority

Emerging Technologies

Port Hueneme Disposal Project

Miami River Sediment Processing Project

  • Patrick J. Kelly, Vice President, Seaports and Airports Services, Weston Solutions Inc.