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      AAPA: American Association of Port Authorities
       
      News Release
      FOR RELEASE - August 27, 2008
      Contact: Aaron Ellis,
      aellis@...
      703-706-4714
      American Association of Port Authorities
      1010 Duke Street
      Alexandria, VA 22314
      Phone: (703) 684-5700
      Fax: (703) 684-6321
      www.aapa-ports.org

      25 Seaports To Receive 74 Honors In AAPA’s 2008 Awards Program

      The American Association of Port Authorities, a trade group representing leading port authorities throughout the Western Hemisphere, has selected 25 seaports to be recognized for exemplary projects, programs and initiatives at its annual awards program event. The awards, for achievements in environmental improvement, facilities engineering and communications, will be presented to winning ports at a Sept. 24 luncheon in conjunction with AAPA's 97th Annual Convention in Anchorage, Alaska (http://www.aapa2008.com/), which runs Sept. 21-25.

      AAPA Chairman of the Board Ken O'Hollaren (who is also executive director of the Port of Longview, in Longview, Wash.) and AAPA President Kurt Nagle will present recognition awards to representatives of:

      • the Port of Portland (Ore.), winner of this year's Environmental Enhancement award for the port's "Natural Resources Management Program," which features innovative environmental projects for creating streaked horned lark habitat, managing invasive species and managing for the coexistence of wildlife and marine operations;
      • the combined ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Port Metro Vancouver (Canada), sharing this year's Comprehensive Environmental Management award for their cooperative "Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy," which is a regional plan to reduce maritime and port-related diesel and green­house gas emissions in the Georgia Basin-Puget Sound air shed;
      • the Port of Anacortes (Wash.), winner of AAPA's 2008 Environmental Mitigation award for its "Fidalgo Bay Eelgrass Mitigation Project," which is successfully relocating eelgrass beds and critical aquatic habitat from areas to be dredged for redeveloping marine facilities at the port;
      • Port Freeport (Texas), winner of this year's Stakeholder Awareness, Education and Involvement award, for its "Zeus Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Project," which involved a local school in a program to decontaminate and remove a defunct mobile offshore drilling unit known as Zeus from the Port Freeport navigation channel;
      • the Jacksonville Port Authority, winner of the 6th Annual Facilities Engineering Awards competition for its project to rehabilitate the port's storm-damaged Talleyrand Marine Terminal Berth 3 without unduly disrupting busy automobile import operations; and,
      • the Port of Los Angeles, winner of the 2008 Dan Maynard Communications Award for Overall Excellence, which is bestowed annually on the port earning the most award points in AAPA's communications competition. The traveling trophy is a large etched glass globe with the winning port's name engraved at the base.

      In addition to the above honors, 22 ports will receive recognition for a total of 68 winning entries in AAPA's 42nd annual Communications Awards Program.  Sixteen Awards of Excellence, 38 Awards of Merit and 14 Honorable Mention certificates will be available for pick-up by the winning ports during the convention.

      For a complete list of winners in AAPA's 2008 Annual Awards Program, click on http://www.aapa-ports.org/Programs/content.cfm?ItemNumber=691&navItemNumber=517

      The American Association of Port Authorities was founded in 1912 and today represents 160 of the leading public port authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, the Association represents more than 300 sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with an interest in the seaports of the Western Hemisphere. AAPA port members are public entities mandated by law to serve public purposes. They facilitate waterborne commerce and contribute to local, regional and national economic growth. These ports are gateways to world trade and are critical components to their nation’s economic health, national defense and growing cruise industry. In 2007, commercial seaport and marine cargo operations in the U.S. generated $3.2 trillion of total economic activity and provided jobs for 13.3 million Americans, whose earnings and consumption totaled nearly $650 billion.

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      News Release
      FOR RELEASE - August 27, 2008
      Contact: Aaron Ellis,
      aellis@...
      703-706-4714
      American Association of Port Authorities
      1010 Duke Street
      Alexandria, VA 22314
      Phone: (703) 684-5700
      Fax: (703) 684-6321
      www.aapa-ports.org

      American Association Of Port Authorities To Hold Its 97th Annual Convention In Anchorage, Sept. 21-25
      ‘Flags Of Our Fathers’ Author James Bradley To Keynote

      As the largest city in Alaska and home to one of the nation's 19 "strategic" seaports, Anchorage will be the site of the American Association of Port Authorities' (AAPA) 97th Annual Convention and Exhibition, Sept. 21-25.  The "North to Alaska"-themed convention, the first to be held in Anchorage's brand-new downtown Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center, will attract hundreds of seaport and maritime transportation leaders, industry experts and service providers to participate in a business agenda featuring many of the seaport industry's key issues and top executives.

      Serving as the convention's keynote speaker will be James Bradley, noted author of the New York Times' #1 best-seller, "Flags of Our Fathers," from which the Clint Eastwood-directed movie of the same name was released in late 2006.  The title of Mr. Bradley's inspirational presentation is, "Doing the Impossible."

      Kurt Nagle, AAPA's president and CEO, remarked that the location of this year's Port of Anchorage-hosted convention conjures up images of an urban oasis surrounded by rugged wilderness, bountiful wildlife, glacier-fed rivers and mesmerizing Native Alaskan culture. 

      "Convention participants," said Mr. Nagle, "are in for a true ‘Alaska experience' while taking part in a comprehensive business program with some of the seaport industry's top leaders discussing challenges ranging from port expansion, project financing and freight mobility, to new environmental and security measures at cruise ports."

      On Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 10 - 11 a.m., Mr. Nagle, together with AAPA's chairman of the board and chair-elect, will hold an informal media briefing in the convention center's 2nd floor K'enakatnu Executive Boardroom to discuss seaport industry issues and answer questions.

      The convention will conclude with a members-only annual meeting and installation of new officers for the Association's upcoming year, including appointment of Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D., as Chairman of the Board for 2008-2009.

      Additional information about AAPA's 97th Annual Convention and Exhibition, including the business program agenda and media registration, is available at  http://www.aapa2008.com/.

      WHO:American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)
      WHAT:
      97th Annual Convention & Exhibition
      WHEN:    
      Sunday, Sept. 21 - Thursday, Sept. 25
      WHERE:
      The new Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center in downtown Anchorage
      MEDIA:
      Register for media access to open meetings (Sept. 23-25) at http://www.aapa2008.com/

      The American Association of Port Authorities was founded in 1912 and today represents 160 of the leading public port authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, the Association represents more than 300 sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with an interest in the seaports of the Western Hemisphere. AAPA port members are public entities mandated by law to serve public purposes. They facilitate waterborne commerce and contribute to local, regional and national economic growth. These ports are gateways to world trade and are critical components to their nation’s economic health, national defense and growing cruise industry. In 2007, commercial seaport and marine cargo operations in the U.S. generated $3.2 trillion of total economic activity and provided jobs for 13.3 million Americans, whose earnings and consumption totaled nearly $650 billion.

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