Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!



AAPA conference to showcase vital economic role of ports

By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
August 15, 2012

Mobile, Ala., has long been known for its charm, history and a whole lot of Southern hospitality, and more recently for attracting major international businesses like Airbus and ThyssenKrupp.  Evidence of these and the Port City’s many other attributes can be witnessed firsthand Oct. 21–25, when hundreds of seaport industry and related transportation professionals descend on Mobile for the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) 101st Annual Convention, presented by the Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA).??

Two governors, a noted Wall Street financial strategist, a top-ranked design firm vice president and a host of port and maritime industry leaders will lead the convention’s business sessions while a busy exhibition hall and other activities will keep convention registrants busy and engaged.

??“We’re delighted to be holding our 101st Annual Convention and Expo in Mobile, whose growing cargo port is the pride of Alabama and the generator for more than 66,000 jobs and $8 billion in total economic impact,” said Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO.  “The convention will be the grade finale of our year-long recognition and celebration of the 100th anniversary of ports working together through AAPA.”??

Nagle noted that, throughout the week-long business program, convention attendees will hear from top government, seaport and business industry leaders on issues ranging from infrastructure investment and international trade, to innovative approaches to port challenges.  “We’ll also have a bustling trade show on site, filled with industry service and product providers who will showcase the latest advances in everything from port security devices to environmental enhancement programs,” he said.

??The Alabama State Port Authority, which handled 25 million tons of coal, steel, forest products, frozen poultry and other cargoes in 2011, will host the AAPA’s convention and exhibition activities at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center located on the Mobile River.  Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will open the conference, while former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, Wall Street Strategies Founder and CEO Charles Payne, and AECOM North American Intermodal Practice Vice President Rachel Vandenberg will serve as keynote speakers to lend additional expertise and substance to the already packed five-day agenda.??

The convention will conclude with a members-only annual meeting and election of new officers and directors for the association’s upcoming activity year, including the installation of Armando Duarte-Peláez, with the Port of Santa Marta, Colombia, as AAPA’s 2013 chairman of the board.??Additional information about AAPA’s 101st Annual Convention and Exhibition, including its business program’s agenda, exhibitors and sponsors, is available at http://www.2012aapa.org.

About the Author

image
Patrick Burnson
Executive Editor

Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Following the lead of its Congressional Colleagues in the House of Representatives, the United States Senate yesterday approved a measure geared to keep federal surface transportation funding intact through the end of December with a nearly $11 billion stopgap fix.

XPO Logistics announced second quarter earnings and the acquisition of two companies, New Breed Logistics, a non asset-based 3PL focusing in contract logistics services, for roughly $615 million, and Atlantic Central Logistics, a 3PL provider of last-mile logistics services, for roughly $36.5 million.

The report, entitled “Outlook for the Domestic Transport and Logistics Market in 2H14 and Beyond,” takes the view that strong freight levels in the second quarter have left trucking companies in a good position: one in which they need to come up with new plans to handle rising demand. But even with that positive momentum afloat, the report observes that there are some familiar challenges intact, such as a lack of qualified drivers and the regulatory drag from the new hours-of-service rules that took effect in July 2013.

Flags of Convenience are a fact of life in the commercial maritime trade, but several European political action groups are worried that they will pose a threat to the Continent’s air cargo industry.

For May, which is the most recent month for which data is available, the SCI is -7.5, following April’s -7.5. FTR said this reading represents a still-tight capacity environment, as utilization rates hover between 98 percent and 99 percent.

Article Topics

Blogs · Ocean Freight · Ocean Cargo · Seaports · All topics

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.


© Copyright 2013 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA