Guatemala: Antigua to Host XXI Latin American Congress of Ports

 Antigua to Host XXI Latin American Congress of Ports

The National Port Commission of Guatemala and the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), finalize the details of the XXI Latin American Congress of Ports, which will take place in Antigua Guatemala, from April 9th to 12th. This year, the topic will be: “PRESENT AND FUTURE OF LATIN AMERICAN PORTS IN THE MULTIMODAL AND LOGISTICS ERA”.

Executives from the organizing institutions and the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Guatemala, Sergio de la Torre, will address the opening remarks.

Interest is also running high over the participation of renowned speakers and guests, among them (in alphabetical order):

· Alberto Díaz, President, National Port Administration – Uruguay

· Alejandro Couttolenc Villar, Commercial Manager, Integral Port Administration of Veracruz, S.A. de C.V. – Mexico

· Carlos Urriola, Vice-president at Carrix Inc. and General Manager at Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT)- Panama

· Carlos Mladinic, Executive Secretary, Inter-American Committee on Ports, OAS

· Cosmo Perrone, Director, Command Consulting Group – United States

· Domingo Chinea, General Manager, Regional Port Society of Buenaventura – Colombia

· Falko Zueck, Project Manager, ArcelorMittal – Luxembourg

· Fernando Reveco, Director, Ultramar Group – Chile

· Franc Pigna, Director AEGIR – United States

· Frank Boyle, President of the Board of Directors, National Port Authority – Peru

· Javier O. Yasnikouski, Technical Officer, Operational Safety Section, Maritime Safety Division, International Maritime Organization – United Kingdom

· Jorge Otharán, Deputy Secretary of Port Activities, Province of Buenos Aires – Argentina

· Jorge Ruíz, General Coordinator of Performance Evaluation, Secretariat of Ports – Brazil

· José Ramón Iribarren, General Director, Siport21 – Spain

· Juan José Giammattei, Executive Director, Maritime and Port Authority – El Salvador

· Juan Esquembre Menor, Port Develpment Director, Valenciaport Foundation – Spain

· Julián Villalba, President, Villalba Fiorillo & Associates – Venezuela

· Kenneth O’Hollaren, Executive Director, Port of Longview – United States

· Mario Cordero, Commissioner, Federal Maritime Commission, Washington DC – United States

· Mario Lima, Executive Secretary, Special Secretariat of Ports – Brazil

· Mario Maza, Business Development Manager, APM Terminals Latin America – Panama

· Mauricio Suárez, General Manager, Regional Port Society of Santa Marta – Colombia

· Rafael Plaza, President of the Board of Directors, Esmeraldas Port Authority – Ecuador

· Ramón Cobián, General Manager, Zeronine LatAm S.A.S. – Colombia

· Robert West, Principal Strategist, Latin America & the Caribbean – Ports, Coastal & Maritime, Worley Parsons Group – United States

· Ricardo Sánchez, Chief, Infrastructure Services Unit, CEPAL

· Rodolfo Sabonge, Vice-president, Market Research and Analysis, Panama Canal Authority

· Rui Carlos Botter, President, Innovation Center in Logistics and Port Infrastructure (CILIP) – Brazil

· Valentín Morán, General Manager, Port of Bahía Blanca – Argentina

Concurrently, in the academic agenda, the following moderators will be presenting the conferences: David Taylor, General Manager, Latin America, Moffatt & Nichol (Panama); Ignacio Montolío, Director, Simón Montolío & Cia. S.A. (Spain); Patricia Cárdenas, Director of Communications, Port Corpus Christi Authority (United States); Agustín Díaz, Port Consultant (Curaçao); Rolando Rousselin, Deputy Director , National Port Commission (Guatemala); Armando Duarte, Director, Regional Port Society of Santa Marta (Colombia); Carlos Scarpín Lamboglia, Secretary, PBIP Net (Mexico); Jenaro Sánchez Arias, Director, Costa Rican Pacific Ports Institute -INCOP- (Costa Rica) and Rafael Díaz Balart, Latin American Coordinator, AAPA.

The business program will be combined with other activities -including presentations by port services suppliers- which are organized to promote interaction, the possibility to share best practices and to strengthen the integration of port logistics at a global level. Companies and institutions such as Port of Miami, Port of Corpus Christi, Arcelor Mittal, Jan de Nul Group, Berger Abam, Port of Long Beach, Port of Quetzal, National Port Company of Santo Tomás de Castilla, National Port Company of Champerico, Puerto Barrios Port Authority, Securitas, Interport Group, Fénix Cargo, Port of Bahía Blanca, Port of San Antonio, Multiport, Disagro Logistic Solutions, AEI Guatemala, Kellar Maritime System, Terpac Ltda., INGUAT, Rideport, Seatrade, DGC International, Expocarga, Cargo Security, Petrospot, El Salvador’s Maritime Port Authority (AMP), Maritime and Port Cluster and LCM, among others, are sponsoring this event.

The perfect finale to the Congress will be the reading of “The Declaration of Guatemala”, a document released by AAPA’s Latin American Leadership, which nowadays is presided over by Carlos de la Cerda, Executive Director of the National Port Commission of Guatemala.


Dredging Today Staff, April 1, 2012