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October 3, 2016

From the Desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe


Professional certifications were awarded to last week’s seminar participants in accordance with the rules for professional certification as established by the Board of the Association. Certifications included David Bernhardt, PE-Accredited Marine Port Executive (Class of 2016), Commissioner of Transportation, State of Maine; Ron Long, Marine Port Executive, Assistant City Manager and Community Development Director, City of Seward, AK; Norn Regis, Marine Port Executive, Harbormaster, City of Seward, AK; Martha Klimas, Marine Port Executive, Project Manager and FTZ Administrator, Bridgeport Port Authority, CT; Kirk Langford, Marine Port Executive, Associate Professor, Loeb-Sullivan School, Maine Maritime Academy; Brock Mooney, Marine Port Executive, Project Administrator, Maine Department of Transportation-Maine Port Authority; and Garvan Donegan, Marine Port Manager, Economic Development Specialist; Central Maine Growth Council.

Commissioner Bernhardt is the first state DOT Commissioner to complete the full accreditation program. The Maine DOT is heavily focused on multi-modal activities and port development in the State of Maine.


OCTOBER 12-13, 2016

Clark Memorial Building Conference Room, International Marine Terminal,

460 Commercial Street, Portland, ME


0830 Welcome and Industry Update Capt. Jeffrey Monroe, IAMPE

1000 Break

1015 Regulatory Changes and Tariff Updates Capt. Jeffrey Monroe, IAMPE

1200 Lunch

1330 Grant Funding & Successful Processes Marissa Witkowski-Birtz, HDR

1430 Break

1445 Port resiliency in addressing potential disasters . Bryan Jones, MPE, PE-HDR and interruption of business

1700 Reception

Thursday October 13

0900 The Inland Port Transportation Network Susan Livorsi,

Inland River Port & Terminals Assoc.

1030 Break

1045 Foreign Trade Zones-A Better Approach Wayne Coleman, FTZ Networks

1200 Lunch

1330 The Regulatory Horizon Capt. Jeffrey Monroe, IAMPE

1500 Break

1530 Business Development Case Study Patrick Arnold, Maine Port Authority

From Weeds to Containers

1700 Closing Remarks, Continuing Education Capt. Jeff Monroe


The 2 Day Seminar is worth 16 Academic Credits toward the awarding of the Accredited Port Executive (AMPE) Professional Certification.

Conference Cost is $900 USD for both days. Contact for registration form.


The new Inland Port Manager (IPM) and Inland Marine Port Manager (IMPE) are equivalent to the current Blue Water programs but with specific information related to the Inland Rivers and Port industry. The program was developed with the support and guidance of the Inland Rivers and Port Association and their Education Committee.

The initial seminar offering will take place October 31st to November 4th at the Lange-Stegmann Company Training Conference Center,

1 Angelica Street, St. Louis, MO.

The program is an immersion style seminar program covering 36 total hours and 22 sessions for the IMPE Certification. For those with time constraints, the program can be taken in two segments, beginning with the IPM (Inland Port Manager) segment and then the second segment taken at another time and location in 2017. Cost for both segments is $1,000 ($2,000 total for the entire week). IRPT members are given a 10% discount on the entire program. Registration is now open. Maximum participants: 20. 2017-2018 programs will be located in different geographic areas in the Mid-West.

Applications and information are available from

Inland Port Manager (2 Days, 16 Hours) $1,000 USD

Inland Marine Port Executive (2.5 Days-20 Hours) $1,000 USD

Marine Port Management (2 Days-16 hours) $1,000 USD

Marine Port Executive (2.5 days-20 hours) $1,000 USD

Continuing Education (2 days, 16 hours) $ 900 USD

Why IAMPE Seminars are best for port professionals:

  1. Lowest cost, highest quality program.

  2. Ongoing free support to seminar participants after the program

  3. Recognized industry wide professional certification.

  4. Recognized by the Loeb-Sullivan Graduate School at Maine Maritime Academy for academic credit.

  5. Continuing education credits for other professional certifications.

  6. Free membership to seminar participants in the IAMPE (first year) with full access to our electronic library.

  7. Standards set by the 22 member board of port and industry professionals who monitor and maintain professional standards for the seminars and organization.

  8. Only organization offering an accredited certification to industry professionals.

  9. Over 1,000 port executives, military officers, and terminal managers certified from the Western Hemisphere, Europe and Asia.

Note on Various Port Management Programs

Many of you have taken port programs with me in undergraduate, post-graduate, graduate and continuing education programs. I had for a number of years also provided seminars through a commercial entity. All of my seminars and training are now exclusively offered through the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives. My association with commercial programs ended last April. The intellectual property related to our offered port management and executive management programs belongs to the IAMPE, a credible not for profit industry association. Our management program is recognized by the Loeb-Sullivan Graduate School of International Business and Logistics at Maine Maritime Academy. The IAMPE or I have no ties or association any commercial firm. The IAMPE is a well regarded industry professional not-for-profit organization that continues to work with industry professionals to enhance their personal development. The IAMPE was formed to provide professional standards and certification to the industry. It has a Board of 22 industry professionals who oversee its programs and certifications. Many firms offer training and often there is confusion about what they offer and program recognition. The IAMPE is working to set a standard in the industry along with appropriate and recognized certifications to enhance the quality of port management in a very competitive industry.

Wishing all of you a great fall.

Capt. Jeffrey W. Monroe, MM, MTM, AMPE Director: Education, Standards and Training Programs International Association of Maritime and Port Executives 11 Katahdin Road. Portland, ME 04107-2828 USA Phone: (207) 741-7000, Cell: (207) 615-7989

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