Impacts during Media Briefing in Tampa, Jan. 21
Alexandria, VA — Shifting international trade patterns at America’s seaports – with mega-size vessels requiring higher capacity road and rail freight connections serving ports, along with deeper harbors, bigger cranes and sturdier berths – can bolster a region’s economy while straining its infrastructure. Because there’s no stopping these trade shifts, ports – and the communities they serve – must learn to adapt in order to bolster job growth, prevent traffic snarls and remain competitive.
To address these issues, executives representing Port Tampa Bay and the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the unified and recognized voice of America’s seaports – will hold a media briefing on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m. The briefing is part of the ninth annual Shifting International Trade Routes conference at Le Méridien Tampa Hotel, in Tampa, Fla., Jan. 21-22. Hosted by Port Tampa Bay, the program is sponsored by AAPA, in cooperation with the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB).
Press briefing speakers will include Port Tampa Bay President and CEO Paul Anderson, together with Saint John (New Brunswick) Port Authority President and CEO Jim Quinn (who serves as AAPA’s 2015/16 Chairman of the Board) and AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle. They will discuss key issues affecting international trade, and important trends and variables like global trade demand and its effects on domestic exports. They will also discuss funding for critical transportation infrastructure, such as waterside and landside improvements that are necessary to keep ports, as well as local and regional economies, viable. All three presenters are highly seasoned maritime industry experts who will offer unique and complementary perspectives on dominant trade, transportation and infrastructure issues that affect nearly all Western Hemisphere seaports.
The Shifting International Trade Routes program began in Tampa in 2008 and is now one of AAPA’s best attended conferences. Speakers will address the international economic outlook and shifts in global trade; discuss infrastructure needs from the perspective of cargo owners, ocean carriers, ports, terminal operators, warehouse and distribution centers, and rail interests, and provide an update on the project to expand the Panama Canal.
- WHO: Port Tampa Bay President & CEO Paul Anderson, together with Saint John Port Authority President and CEO/AAPA Chairman of the Board Jim Quinn, and AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle
- WHAT: Media briefing on current and upcoming trade and goods movement impacts to roads, rails and waterways due to the needs of mega-ships carrying mega loads of freight.
- WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, 10:30 -11:00 a.m.
- WHERE: Le Méridien Tampa Hotel, 601 North Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33602
- MEDIA: Professional journalists representing bona-fide media outlets are encouraged to attend the media briefing and can request complimentary access to the Shifting International Trade Routes Conference business sessions.
About Port Tampa Bay
Port Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest port and the largest economic engine in west central Florida, supporting nearly 80,000 jobs and generating almost $15 billion in annual economic impact. In addition to being a top 10 U.S. cruise port, the port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and is a major shipbuilding and repair center. Port Tampa Bay is the first seaport in the U.S. to receive the designation as “StormReady” by the National Weather Service.
Founded in 1912, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is the recognized and coordinated voice of seaports in the Americas. Our trade association represents more than 150 public port authorities in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. In addition, association members include more than 300 sustaining and associate firms and individuals with an interest in the seaports of the Western Hemisphere. AAPA is dedicated to strengthening the ability of member ports to serve their global customers and create economic and social value for their communities. AAPA promotes the common interests of the port community, and provides leadership on trade, transportation, environmental and other issues related to port development and operations. AAPA also raises awareness among the public, media, and policy makers about the essential role ports play within the global transportation system.