Author Archives: Shani Calvo

2022 Lighthouse Awards Application Deadline Extended to June 10

The deadline for project applications for the 2022 Lighthouse Awards Program competition has been extended to Friday, June 10, by midnight EDT. Each year, AAPA’s Lighthouse Awards recognize port programs and projects that serve as a beacon of excellence throughout the Western Hemisphere. Visit the Lighthouse Awards Program webpage for links to information about each category, winning entries from previous years for review and ...

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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Advances WRDA Bill

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure voted to advance the Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (WRDA 2022). The legislation would authorize crucial investments in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) programs and projects across the country, including improvements to rivers and harbors. Read the bill’s text here.

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New Panel Discussion on How We Build at Shifting Trade Seminar, June 15-16

AAPA is proud to announce a new panel discussion on How We Build: Can We Get the Cargo We Need? at the upcoming Shifting Trade Seminar. The event will cover many of the major questions being contemplated by the builders of America’s infrastructure systems. Can we get the cargo we need? How do we put half a trillion dollars of federal infrastructure investments ...

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FY 2022 Funds Released

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released its FY 2022 Work Plan, which distributes additional Congressional funding to specific projects in investigations, construction, operations and maintenance, and more. The Energy and Water Development appropriations bill was signed into law on March 15. Congress directed USACE to develop and issue its Work Plan within 60 days. This report’s release brings ...

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AAPA and Bureau of Transportation Statistics to Hold Listening Session Follow-up on June 13

AAPA and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) are holding a follow-up for AAPA members to a past listening session on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the investments in the nation’s transportation network. Anticipate an interactive session with BTS, which seeks to discuss the challenges local infrastructure decision-makers face in managing the demands of evidence-based decision-making and the development ...

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Dinesh Sharma to Speak at Shifting Trade Seminar, June 15-16

Dinesh Sharma, Director of London-based Drewry Maritime Advisors, will speak about private investment in ports at AAPA’s Shifting Trade Seminar, June 15-16, in Tampa, Fla. His presentation will provide insights on opportunities for investment, including environmental capital expenditure projects such as building microgrids at ports. Sharma leads port projects for multi-lateral development banks, private investors, terminal operators and shipping lines on ...

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Jim Walker’s Final Month at AAPA Government Relations

AAPA celebrates the long career of Jim Walker, Director of Navigation Policy and Legislation, as he retires from the workforce. Jim is responsible for handling waterside infrastructure issues and relevant legislative and regulatory matters, including AAPA’s Quality Partnership Initiative (QPI) with the Army Corps of Engineers. He also serves as staff liaison to the Harbors and Navigation Committee. Following a ...

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AAPA Welcomes New Staff, Recognizes Staff Accomplishments

AAPA is pleased to announce the hiring of new staff to fill vacant positions and recognition of staff promotions in the association. An updated organizational chart can be found here.  Margaret (Maggie) Soergel has joined AAPA as the new Director of Conferences and Events. Maggie brings a variety of experience including event management and strategy development from her previous work with ...

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MARAD to Hold Decarbonization Panel in Honor of National Maritime Day, May 23

On Monday, May 23, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. ET, the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) is holding a panel called “Maritime Decarbonization: It’s Complicated” in honor of National Maritime Day (Sunday, May 22). The event will focus on the challenges of decarbonizing the U.S. maritime industry and identifying how the public and private sectors can better collaborate across multiple ...

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