November 7, 2016

From the Desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe




Professional certifications were awarded to last week’s inland seminar participants in accordance with the rules for professional certification as established by the Board of the Association.  Certifications as MPE were awarded to:


Ed Weilbacher, Kaskaskia Regional Port District, IL
Branden Criman, U.S. Maritime Administration
Mandi Brink, Southeast Missouri Port Authority, MO
Dennis Wilmsmeyer, America's Central Port, IL
Susan Taylor, St. Louis Port Authority, MO
Ben McCall, America's Central Port, IL
Paul Zimmerman, Port of New Orleans, LA
Rich Diffley, Lange-Stegmann Company, MO
Susan Livorsi, Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals
Randy Carmichael, Upper Mississippi Fleeting, IA
Fred Taylor, Oakley's Port 33, OK
Cary Harbison, Southeast Missouri Port Authority, MO
Pete Colangelo, Ozinga Materials, IL
Lee DeLorge, Green Plains, Inc., NE
Aimee Andres, Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals


In addition, Capt. Bill Kline of the River School was awarded the MPM Certification.

Paul “Chip” Janenichen, the MARAD Administrator addressed the seminar on the importance of inland ports to the nation’s transportation system.  The program was hosted by Lange-Stegmann at their St. Louis facility in conjunction with the Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals Association, the key group who represents inland marine professionals and port and and terminal operators.   Our deepest appreciation to Richard Stegmann, Chairman of Lange-Stegmann and Rich Diffley, Director of Operations who graciously hosted the program.




January        16-20             MPE                          Port Manatee, Florida

                                                                       Hosted by Port manatee

February       20-24            MPE                          Charleston SC

                                                                       Hosted by the Charleston Pilots

March          20-24            MPE                          Philadelphia, PA

                                                                       Hosted by HDR

April             3-7               MPE/Inland                Pittsburgh, PA

                                                                       Hosted by HDR

April             25                Commissioners            Kansas City, MO

                                       Seminar                     Hosted by the IRPT                                    May             1-5               MPE                          Houston, TX

                                                                       Hosted by HDR

May             23-24           Continuing Education    Anchorage, AK

                                                                       Hosted By HDR

June              12-16           MPE                          Long Beach, CA


September      11-15           MPE/Inland               Memphis, TN


October         11-12           Continuing Education   Portland, Maine

                                                                       Hosted by Maine Port Authority

November      13-17           MPE                         Tampa, Florida

                                                                       Hosted by Port Tampa Bay


Applications and information are available from


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

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

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

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

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

Accredited Marine Port Executive                             16 credit hours plus MPE/IMPE

                                                                           5 Year Credential for AMPE.



Why IAMPE Seminars are in demand by 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.

  10. The only structured, one week maritime/port executive program in the Western Hemisphere that comes with recognized professional certification.



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, membership driven,  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.   We also work closely with professional trade associations such as the Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminal Association to provide professional development to their members.  HDR (a professional consulting firm) is a frequent host and is also a founding corporate sponsor of the IAMPE.


Wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!


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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The IAMPE is working with the Loeb-Sullivan Graduate School of International Business and Logistics at Maine Maritime Academy and the Graduate Program at Massachusetts Maritime Academy  to improve professional development for the maritime and port industry. Eligible students can receive up to 4 graduate credits for completing the MPE/IMPE program towards either of the graduate programs.

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