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April 10, 2017

From the Desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe


DREWRY CONSULTING is reporting that container alliances are failing after strong demand in Asia for European products and the “poorly managed” integration of new ocean carrier networks has meant that shippers are struggling to secure space onboard ships. The consultancy has reported that eastbound Europe to Asia shippers are waiting up to eight weeks to load, carriers have stopped taking bookings and spot shippers are paying considerably more than the usual going rate after the alliances launched on April 1, 2017. Eastbound spot rates are now almost as expensive as they are in the much higher volume westbound market. Drewry stated: “Eastbound ships are usually only 60% full at best so in normal circumstances shippers should never have to worry about space shortages. These factors include stronger than expected demand in Asia for European products, most significantly of heavy cargoes that restrict a ship’s carrying capacity, and what now seems like a poorly managed integration of new alliance networks.”

The latest numbers from Container Trades Statistics reveals that eastbound volumes after two months of 2017 were up by 9% on the same period last year. The bulk of the growth stemmed from Greater China, which saw volumes increase by 14% to 501,000 TEU’s. Shipments to North Asia rose by 1.5% to 160,000 TEU’S, while demand from Southeast Asia increased by 4% to 158,000 TEU’s. In contrast, westbound volumes were up by only 0.4% after two months. Drewry stated: “While some carriers might be grateful for the additional eastbound revenue, they should perhaps consider the damage caused to customer relations, which could be far longer lasting. When the alliances were originally announced service quality and reliability were trumpeted as key benefits that shippers could expect. They have failed miserably from the get-go and it is no surprise that the European Shippers’ Council has expressed concern, questioning whether the current situation was artificially engineered.” The European Shippers’ Council also recently warned about its members reporting a large drop in available slots for containers on almost every line moving containers to Asia. (Source: Drewry Consulting and Port Technology).


The International Association of Maritime and Port Professionals (IAMPE) is pleased to announce its latest two classes of maritime professionals to complete the IAMPE Professional Management Certification Program. The program provides a recognized industry-wide professional certification for those port and maritime professionals who have industry experience and complete the management certification program. The program includes comprehensive seminar education offered by industry professionals and approved by the Board of the IAMPE.

In Philadelphia, receiving the professional designation of Maritime Port Executive (MPE) were Gerhard Kusta, MPE, Executive Director at MARCOOS (Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System); Gregory Dolan, MPE, Terminal Manager for Massachusetts Clean Energy Center in New Bedford, MA; Elizabeth Bonini, MPE, Acting Director of PennPORTS for Pennsylvania DOT; John Baudhuin, MPE, Head of Marine Operations for Penn Terminals, Inc.; James Van Dien, MPE, Associate Vice President for HDR Engineering, Inc.; and Keith Hermann, MPE, Instructor at the Maritime Academy Charter School in Philadelphia.

In Pittsburgh, receiving the professional designation of Accredited Marine Port Executive (AMPE) was Aimee Andres, AMPE, Executive Director of Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals (IRPT). Receiving the professional designation of Inland Maritime Port Executive (IMPE) were Austin Zenere, IMPE, Chicago Port & Rail LLC; Denise Soisson, IMPE, Acting Manager of PennPORTS for Pennsylvania DOT; Paul Etter, IMPE, Vice President & General Manager for Reliable Asphalt Corporation; Mary Ann Bucci, IMPE, Executive Director for the Port of Pittsburgh Commission; Ada Perez, IMPE, Administrative Assistant with Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals (IRPT); Steve E. Hawks, IMPE, President of Hawks Logistics, Inc.; James McCarvill, IMPE, Partner of McCarville and McCarville; and Gretchen Chamberlain, IMPE, Regional Sales Director for American Commercial Barge Line. Receiving the professional designation of Inland Maritime Port Manager (IMPM) is Matthew Pavlosky, IMPM, Marketing Manager for the Port of Pittsburgh Commission.

Both week-long seminar style programs were hosted by HDR Engineering, Inc. in their Philadelphia and Pittsburgh offices, respectively. Capt. Jeffrey Monroe, MM, AMPE, Director of the IAMPE’s Educational Programs and Senior Maritime and Port Management Consultant of the HDR Boston and Portland offices presented the seminar.

In addition to the professional certification, each individual receives 4 graduate level academic credits through the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business & Logistics at the Maine Maritime Academy. Those with Professional Engineering (PE) certifications also receive continuing education credits. The IAMPE Maritime Management Program is designed to provide a pathway for professional development and certification for port and maritime professionals. Required course work includes management education, advanced executive management education, continuing education and industry experience. Programs are reviewed by the Board of Advisors of the IAMPE, comprised of senior executives from over 20 ports and business sectors in North America. Further information is available at



April 25 Commissioners Seminar Kansas City, MO

Hosted by the IRPT

May 1-5 MPM/MPE Houston, TX

Hosted by HDR

May 23-24 Continuing Education Anchorage, AK

Host: Port of Anchorage/HDR

June 19-23 MPM/MPE Savannah, GA

Georgia Ports Authority

September 11-15 MPM/MPE/Inland Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock Port Authority

October 11-12 Continuing Education Portland, Maine

Hosted by Maine Port Authority

October 25-26 Continuing Education Port Manatee, FL

Hosted by Port Manatee

November 13-17 MPM/MPE Tampa, Florida

Hosted by Port Tampa Bay

We welcome and thank the Georgia Port Authority as our new June MPM-MPE sponsor and the Little Rock Port Authority as our new September IMPE sponsor.

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) $ 950 USD

Accredited Marine Port Executive 16 credit hours plus MPE/IMPE for

5 Year Term AMPE Credential

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. Seminar leaders who are professionals and have extensive industry experience,

  4. Endorsed by the Loeb-Sullivan Graduate School at Maine Maritime Academy for academic credit and endorsed by the Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals Association, Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators and Greater Houston Port Bureau for membership and professional development educational programs.

  5. Inland program developed in cooperation with the Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals Association,

  6. Continuing education credits applicable to 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 26 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. Now1,118 port executives, military officers, graduate students 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, and

  12. Updated continually to include the latest trends and information about the industry

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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