Behind The Scenes

behind the scenes

Time to Update Your Member Details for the 2024 Directory

Production of the 2024 AAPA Membership Directory is right around the corner, so if you want your most current contact information and/or port statistics included, please plan to update this information online NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 28. Questions? Email [email protected].

Virtual Networking with Port Industry Peers from Around the Western Hemisphere

virtual networking with port industry

Join AAPA for its monthly Networking Thursdays, a 60-minute online session held each month to connect our members. Everyone who joins this session will be able to meet and connect with other members of AAPA in multiple breakout sessions.

During this valuable session, you could meet your next client, supplier, partner, mentor, or work colleague, from Canada to Chile and anywhere in between.

We encourage you to speak whatever language you feel most comfortable, whether it’s English, Spanish, Portuguese, or any combination! We’ll rely on technology and closed captioning to help you communicate regardless of your fluency in foreign languages. Networking Thursdays is a chance for you to expand your national and international network even more.

For more information, contact Raquel Kibrit at [email protected].

Support the Foundation for Seaports of the Americas Emergency Relief Fund


Recent events underscore the importance of the Foundation for Seaports of the Americas Emergency Relief Fund (ERF). From aiding the recovery efforts after Typhoon Mawar at the Port of Guam to extending assistance to those affected by the wildfires in Maui and the Florida ports impacted by Hurricane Idalia, the ERF plays a pivotal role in providing swift assistance to port employees during times of need. The current balance in the Foundation account is not nearly enough as we continue to be faced with other extraordinary natural disasters.

The ERF provides a cash grant – up to $1,000, depending on need – to port employees severely impacted by a disruptive event, such as inland flooding, tropical storms and hurricanes, extreme heat events, wildfires, and earthquakes. Over the last 16 years, the ERF has distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to port employees, enabling them to find temporary accommodations or buy provisions after disasters strike. In 2021, the Fund assisted more than 315 employees at various ports with their immediate critical needs.

Your support is instrumental in helping us offer financial aid that can directly impact the lives of those facing emergencies and provide essential supplies and temporary accommodations for port personnel and their families. Please consider making a generous donation to the Foundation enabling us to be well positioned to quickly respond to impacted port employees. Donate by mailing a check to the Foundation for Seaports of the Americas, Emergency Relief Fund, 1201 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 860, Washington, DC 20024. If you prefer to pay by ACH or wire transfer and need instructions or require further information, email Shannon McLeod at [email protected].

EPA Program Offers More Than $100 Million for Diesel Emissions Reduction

epa program offers more than

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) anticipates awarding a total of $115 million – $58 million in FY 2022 and $57 million in FY23 – under a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant program ( The program is available for a wide range of equipment types and retrofits, including new medium and heavy-duty trucks, marine engines, locomotives, non-road equipment and engines, and more. The program’s overall goal is to reduce diesel emissions from these equipment types. All application packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through no later than Friday, December 1, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. (ET) to be considered for funding.