Biden to Open AAPA’s 103rd Annual Convention

U.S. Vice President Joe R. Biden, Jr. will deliver the  keynote address on Wednesday , November 12, at the American Association of Port Authority’s (AAPA) 103rd Annual Convention and Expo in Houston, hosted by the Port of Houston Authority.

Vice President Biden is a strong proponent of America’s ports, as evidenced by recent visits to ports in Philadelphia, Norfolk, Savannah, Charleston, Granite City, Ill. (America’s Central Port), Baltimore, and, within the past year, Houston. During his return visit to Houston to address AAPA’s annual convention, he will discuss the need for continued infrastructure investments in ports.

Additionally, AAPA’s convention will feature speakers from major shipping lines such as Hapag-Lloyd and Maersk, as well as beneficial cargo owners from companies like International Paper and Dollar General.

Convention attendees will also be treated to a host of stimulating sessions on cutting-edge industry issues such as port productivity and energy projects. In one session, for example, industry experts will address strategic methods that ports are employing to increase efficiency and productivity at both container and non-container terminals.  In another session, speakers from ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Jefferson Energy Companies will discuss how new energy sources, along with demands for different types of energy, are creating cargo opportunities for ports, affecting fuel choices, and significantly altering the way ports do business.

During the convention’s November 12 luncheon, participants in the association’s Professional Port Management (PPM®) program will receive their graduation certificates, bringing to 100 the total number of graduates since the program began in 1995.

This will be the first class to graduate under new, more rigorous PPM® admittance and completion requirements implemented in 2010. The PPM® program was conceived as a way to further the association’s goals to enhance port management professionalism by assisting port authorities, maritime organization and agencies in hiring and promoting qualified professionals.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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