EXCLUSIVE: Dredge Yard at AAPA Congress

Dredge Yard at AAPA Congress

XXIII annual Latin American Congress of Ports took place this year in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, a unique settling between the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.

The summit was convened by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) under the motto: “The pivotal role of Latin American Ports in the integration of the hemisphere and regional development

American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is the organization which represents the most important ports and ports authorities in Canada, U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.

XXIII Congress of Latin American Ports inauguration was done by representatives of the American Association of Port Authorities and Government officials as the Former U.S. Ambassador to Argentina, Minister of the Interior and Transportation of the Republic of Argentina and the Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of Ports of the Presidency of Brazil. The Congress offered a good platform for interaction among the ports authorities, dredging companies, operators, and maritime industry decision makers.

The dredging and mining equipment manufacturer Dredge Yard took a lead role in sponsoring the Congress. For three consecutive days Dredge Yard’s representatives were part of the experts that presented and discussed about the world economy and its impact on the international port business, the role and perspectives of Argentinian ports in the integration with Latin America and the world, the inland waterways and river ports, essential for connectivity and regional development.

According to Iulia Berchiu, Dredge Yard’s representative at the AAPA Congress, “the company’s main objective for participating in this event was to showcase its latest innovations in the realm of dredging and mining equipment.”

Dredge Yard at AAPA Congress

Iulia also said that the main aim of Dredge Yard was to exchange ideas and experiences with port authorities, dredging companies, operators, service providers and maritime industry leaders.

The event has raised an awareness to the media and government entities about the crucial role that ports are playing in the transportation system. Gerardo Varela, the General Director of Ports and Auxiliary Maritime Industries in Panama, spoke about the vision and the role of Latin American ports global integration and how Panama can improve its logistical platform and make good connections with the rest of the ports.

AAPA Congress is the annual meeting par excellence and it is considered to be one of the most important events of the sector because it gathers leaders and company representatives from the whole Continent.

Zulma Dinelli, international coordinator of AAPA, said that “This important summit is an opportunity to consider the big importance that Latin American ports play in the development of the region.” She also emphasized that the conference was a great opportunity to discuss the importance of ports in the region that are the main drivers of foreign trade of any nation, generating significant foreign currency and employment.

Held every year, AAPA Congress serves as one of the world’s most prestigious events related to ports industry.

A few more snaps from the event

The pivotal role of Latin American Ports in the integration of the hemisphere and regional development


Welcome reception and ribbon cutting of the exhibition area


Hugo Borelli, Chairman, AAPA Latin American Delegation


Annual AAPA Congress


Latin American Congress of Ports



September 8, 2014