Maritime Industry Leaders to Meet in Washington

The 2015 Spring Conference of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) will take place in Washington, D.C., on April 20-21, 2015.

The two-day event will include member-only meetings of port directors, regional port delegations, and five of AAPA’s 13 technical committees (Cruise, Executive, Finance, Maritime Economic Development and Public Relations).

Among the U.S. government leaders slated to speak are Cong. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), who will discuss his new Economy in Motion freight infrastructure funding bill (H.R. 1308); Adm. Paul Zunkunft, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, who will discuss cybersecurity risks at America’s seaports; Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Robert Holleyman, who will discuss U.S. trade facilitation efforts; U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, will discuss how ports can create a sustainable environment; and U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, who was instrumental in helping pass the Water Resources Reform and Development Act in Congress last year and is being presented with one of two AAPA 2015 Port Person of the Year awards.

Serving as the Spring Conference’s April 20 luncheon speaker and the other 2015 Port Person of the Year awardee will be Lic. Guillermo Ruiz de Teresa, who is general coordinator of Mexican ports and Merchant Marine in México City.

In this role, Mr. Ruiz de Teresa oversees a sector that will see a total port infrastructure investment of over 76,000 million pesos (about US$5 billion) by 2018.

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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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