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December 20, 2016

From the Desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe


On December 13th, 2016, Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals (IRPT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) in Panama. This Memorandum of Understanding is important to all of our inland river ports, terminals, and river-borne transportation services and will recognize the importance of promoting waterway shipping.

IRPT promotes foreign and domestic commerce, economic development and job creation throughout the inland waterway system and has been working to bring container on barge (COB) shipping to the Mississippi River and its tributaries. As this project moves forward, the parties will promote the use of the Panama Canal for vessels calling on U.S. Gulf ports.

Using the river for commercial navigation, “Our rivers secure the nation’s global competitiveness, provides public benefits to communities and citizens by providing healthier, cleaner air and is less costly to America’s taxpayers as infrastructure improvements on surface transportation is reduced by using the River for transporting America’s freight” says Aimee Andres, Executive Director.

The Panama Canal Authority is the organization in charge of managing, operating and maintaining the Panama Canal, one of the main links of world commerce. The ACP has recently completed a multi-billion-dollar expansion project that will double the waterway’s capacity and will allow for the transit of larger and wider vessels. The expansion will result in economies of scale in shipping and an improved transportation system through Panama.

IRPT’s members are located on the United States inland river system and are a major source of export and import generation for the economy. Members depend heavily on foreign trade routes such as the Panama Canal. Both IRPT and ACP are constantly undertaking a series of activities aimed at fostering the growth of global commerce and desire to cooperate in creating awareness of the benefits derived from the Canal expansion and from the optimization of existing inland transportation that is used to move various commodities from and to the United States through the Panama Canal.IRPT wants to recognize Growmark for their generosity of special sponsorship during the HISTORIC IRPT trip to the Panama Canal.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has rescinded its October 18th notice that stated the agency would no longer issue Designated Port Exemption Permits (DPEP) due to feedback received from the industry. The industry believed that the elimination of DPEP would have severely limited the number of ports through which U.S. exporters and importers could route cargo requiring FWS inspection. The notice stated “Effective immediately, the Service will issue DPEP’s to authorize the use of a non-staffed port when the applicant is required to file a CBP entry.” FWS is working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on how to program the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) for the DPEP process.


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NOTE: We have several members seeking positions and members are welcome to send resumes to All information is kept confidential. We also post positions available from your organization at no charge and will list equipment for sale, also at no charge. We match interested parties with each other directly.


Please note-we are considering just offering the Contiuning Education Program (2 days) for alumni to update their MPE/CPE/PPM certifications to the Accredited Marine Port Executive Professional Designation. Those dates would be 18-19 January in Port Manatee. 16 CEU Credits awarded. Please contact if this is of interest or to make a recommendation on if we should just do the 16 hour program.

January 16-20 MPE Port Manatee, Florida

Hosted by Port Manatee

February 20-24 MPE Charleston SC

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March 20-24 MPE Philadelphia, PA

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April 3-7 MPE/Inland Pittsburgh, PA

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April 25 Commissioners Seminar Kansas City, MO

Hosted by the IRPT

May 1-5 MPE Houston, TX

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May 23-24 Continuing Education Anchorage, AK

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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

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

  5. Inland program endorsed by the Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals Association.

  6. Continuing education credits for other professional certifications.

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

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

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

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

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

Our very best wishes for the Holy-Days, Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah, and all the very best in 2017.

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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