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Former Democratic Governor Ed Rendell and former Republican Senator Slade Gorton penned an op-ed in Politico about the need to invest in infrastructure: "You may not hear the electricity whizzing through power lines – but it’s there and we count on it every time we flick on the light switch.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2011 at Seaport Connection
Imported retail cargo volume at the largest U.S. container ports this month will be up 9% from a year ago, predicts the monthly Global Port Tracker report released April 11 by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates. The Port Tracker analysis is limited to inbound container volume at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at Seaport Connection
Today, AAPA President and CEO testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit on the need to maintain access to seaports and facilitate the movement of freight in the next iteration of surface transportation authorization legislation. Mr. Nagle told the Subcommittee, "From the earliest days of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2011 at Seaport Connection
Jerry A. Bridges was elected chairman of the board-elect of the American Association of Port Authorities during the Spring Conference meeting on March 21 of the AAPA board of directors. Mr. Bridges is executive port director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA). He will be formally installed as chairman of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2011 at Seaport Connection
America’s waterborne foreign trade continued its brisk march along the road of recovery through the final months of 2010, with tonnage increases from a year ago of 7.8% for December, 1.9% for the fourth quarter, for the full calendar year, according to data collected and reported by the U.S. Census... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2011 at Seaport Connection
International trade demands better transportation system Tue, 2011-02-22 10:59 Byline: From the U.S. Grains Council Surplus masked inefficiency Wake up call on infrastructure American farmers are producing at record levels, and international customers are purchasing more than ever. But the question is: Can our nation’s transportation system move grain from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2011 at Seaport Connection
With the release of President Obama's fiscal 2012 budget yesterday, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is expressing both optimism and disappointment over various aspects of the budget pertaining to seaports and the efficient, safe and cost-effective movement of freight. Kurt Nagle, AAPA's president and CEO, said that a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2011 at Seaport Connection
AAPA President Kurt Nagle says that the U.S. needs to do a better job of maintaining and deepening our navigation channels to accomodate increased exports and to take advantage of opportunities created by the Panal Canal Expansion. Read More... 'Ageing' infrastructure hurting US grain exports An "ageing" and underinvested logistical... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2011 at Seaport Connection
AAPA President Kurt Nagle was interviewed and quoted in the following story: The small vessel threat By Barry Neild (Published on GlobalPost ( It’s a scenario straight from the pages of a Tom Clancy thriller: a gimlet-eyed fanatic pilots a small boat up the Potomac River toward Washington, D.C. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2011 at Seaport Connection
This AP news story ran in 64 outlets including The Wall Street Journal highlighted below. SAVANNAH, Ga. — When Savannah welcomed the largest cargo ship ever to call on its booming seaport, the visiting vessel barely fit. The Figaro had to sail in loaded at half capacity to avoid scraping... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2011 at Seaport Connection
The American Association of Port Authorities will host a Port Administration and Legal Issues Seminar April 13-15 in San Francisco. The program will cover the latest trends, challenges and strategies for port administrators, finance officers, real estate managers, attorneys, and risk managers. It will feature an in depth discussion of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at Seaport Connection
A nationally recognized port expert will discuss some of the most challenging issues in intermodal transportation at the U.S. Grains Council’s International Marketing Conference and Annual Membership Meeting this February in New Orleans. Kurt J. Nagle, president and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), will pilot an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2011 at Seaport Connection
Import cargo volume at America's major container handling ports will be up 8% this month compared to January 2009, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released January 13 by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. "While the economy clearly began to recover in 2010 and drove up... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2011 at Seaport Connection
Climate change is winning attention from lawmakers, citizens and organizations around the globe, but what does it mean to port authorities? AAPA will hold a one-day workshop on January 27 in Houston to examine climate change in the context of ports, including the impacts of climate change on port facilities... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at Seaport Connection
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) believes it would be a mistake to remove current provisions that ensure that money collected from users to fund surface transportation infrastructure is spent as intended. These funds need to be “firewalled” to protect them from being spent elsewhere because efficient transportation infrastructure... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2011 at Seaport Connection
Western Hemisphere cruise market trends and challenges, as well as issues related to facility financing, "sustainable cruising," safety and security are among the topics on tap Feb. 9-11, 2011, in Miami when the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and the Port of Miami host the 12th annual AAPA Cruise... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2011 at Seaport Connection
AAPA President Kurt Nagle was interviewed and helped in framing the recent New York Times story "A Race to Capture a Bounty from Shipping." The piece talks about the impact of the Panama Canal expansion on East and Gulf Coast seaports preparing to meet the demands of bigger ships. Read... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2010 at Seaport Connection
AAPA has been supportive of President Obama's goal of doubling U.S. exports in five years and Association leadership has met with key Administration officials to communicate the positive impact it will have on the economy. Read more via The Journal of Commerce Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2010 at Seaport Connection
There's a new era of belt tightening in Washington, and topping the list of spendthrift offenders are members of Congress who seek to fund projects in their districts. Republicans, who were swept into office on a wave of discontent with any spending that smacks of favoritism, are calling for a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2010 at Seaport Connection
Seatrade Insider, one of the world's foremost cruise industry trade publications, today named Port Everglades "Port of the Year" during the 2010 Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards ceremony at the historic l' Opera House in Nice, France. The awards ceremony marks the opening of the annual Seatrade Med Cruise Convention, which... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2010 at Seaport Connection
On November 18, Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) introduced legislation to reauthorize the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) for five years. DERA has been extremely popular with public port authorities, as it provides grant funding to reduce emissions from older diesel engines, such as those in use in cargo handling equipment,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2010 at Seaport Connection
On November 10, AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle briefed a working group of environmental organizations about the port industry's relationship with the coastal environment. AAPA and its members promote sustainability as a standard business practice, and as public agencies, seaports serve as stewards of the coastal environment. Mr. Nagle's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2010 at Seaport Connection
Given their importance for moving people and freight, creating jobs, advancing environmental protections and raising our standard of living, it’s often surprising that seaports and their connecting intermodal infrastructure are given only scant attention when it comes to federal infrastructure funding and transportation policy legislation. via America's Marine Highways Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2010 at Seaport Connection
Although the security of air cargo has grabbed headlines in the wake of the discovery in late October that terrorists in Yemen had planted explosives in packages destined for Chicago, 90 percent of cargo is carried by sea. About 14.5 million loaded twenty-foot equivalent containers reached the U.S. last year,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2010 at Seaport Connection
The Port of Lake Charles announced November 3 that a vessel cleaning project involving at least 1,000 new jobs will begin almost immediately at the port's Industrial Canal facilities. The venture, undertaken by the port, in conjunction with British Petroleum (BP) and Dynamic Industries, Inc. (DII), will provide a state... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2010 at Seaport Connection