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February 19, 2018

From the desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe, MM, AMPE

International Association of Maritime and Port Executives


The Inland Rivers Port and Terminal Association (IRPT) will host a Shipper’s Day on Thursday, April 26 from 7:30 am to noon at the IRPT Annual Conference. One of the main priorities has been to bring more commodities to the river system. One way to do this is to educate potential shippers on the benefits of river transportation, ease of access and such. The IRPT would like to invite smaller shippers to take a look at river transportation, including the raw materials used in production as well as multiple shippers of the same raw materials that could utilize the same service, thus lowering costs. Not all commodities will be a fit for river transportation, and in most cases, inland ports and terminals are multi-modal. For further information contact Aimee Andres, AMPE, Executive Director, Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals, Inc., One Confluence Way, East Alton, IL 62024-Phone (618) 468-3010, Email:


The US Coast Guard is tasked with marking aids to navigation on ALL navigable rivers and they do so with an aging fleet. Many times, operations are halted due to unexpected - but needed maintenance. When this happens, a USCG certified facility must be used to perform the work. The USCG has provided the guidance/policy for a drydock to become certified to perform work on Coast Guard cutters. If you are interested in becoming certified, the Coast Guard would welcome any added capability to perform routine/emergency maintenance on their ships to prevent untimely maintenance schedules. Please view the requirements to become US Coast Guard certified for drydock eligibility. Please access the guidance/policy for a drydock to become certified. This could provide a benefit to the river you work on. (Provided by the IRPT)


The IAMPE is pleased to announce its latest Maritime Port Management (MPM) certifications. The following port professionals received their certifications on February 9th after the MPM seminar program hosted by the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA). Those receiving certifications included: Laura DiBella, MPM-Port Director, Port of Fernandina, FL; Bill McCarthy, MPM-General Manager, Charleston Gate Company & Maritime Association of South Carolina; Michael Wojnowski, MPM-Southeast Regional Manager, Marine Container Repair Services; David Miller-MPM, General Manager, Marine Container Repair Services; Josh Jones-MPM, Assistant manager of Break-bulk, Georgia Ports Authority (GPA); Sargent James Thomas-MPM, GPA; Barry Dorsey-MPM, Staff Sargent, GPA; Mill Lawson-MPM, Systems Engineer, GPA; Sargent Louis Manuel-MPM, GPA; Patrick Gilmore-MPM, Manager of Break-bulk and Warehouse Operations, GPA; Art Collins-MPM, Programmer Analyst, GPA; Stephen Crawford-MPM, Container Yard Manager, GPA. Congratulations to our new members and certified port managers.


The IAMPE has designated the Georgia Ports Authority as an education partner of the Association. Nearly 30 GPA senior staff managers have received professional certifications through the IAMPE. The GPA joins the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics at Maine Maritime Academy, Inland Rivers Port and Terminal Association, North Atlantic Port Association, Greater Houston Port Bureau, Port Tampa Bay, the Maritime Exchange of the Delaware River and Bay, Maine Port Authority, Port Alaska, HDR and the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators as designated education partners. The IAMPE was established to advanced personal professional development and certification in port, terminal and maritime industry management. Over 2,000 alumni have completed programs and received professional designations in the industry.


The Continuing Education program for 2018 which will be held in Portland (OR), Port Tampa Bay and the Port of South Louisiana (see schedule below), will feature a tariff a practical workshop including tariff development and revision requirements, rates and charges, fee development, terminal issued rules and regulations, foreign trade zones, an industry update and pending new federal regulations and judicial impacts. The 2 day program offers 16 continuing education credits for the Accredited Marine Port Executive (AMPE) certification. Cost for the 2 days is $975.00 USD.


The MPE Seminar in Houston will be held at the offices of our education partner the Greater Houston Port Bureau, 111 East Loop North, Houston, TX 77029 (inside the Port of Houston Authority Executive Building). The program is co-sponsored by the Port Bureau and HDR. Greater Port Bureau members receive a member discount on the seminar fee. A port tour is being planned. Contact for more information or to register. Registration ends April 4th. Size limit is 15 participants.


April 9 - 13: Houston, TX (MPE) Host Houston Port Bureau/HDR

May 14 - 18: New York-New Jersey (MPE) Host PANYNJ

June 6 - 7: Portland, OR (Continuing Education) Host HDR

June 18 - 22: Milwaukee, WI (IMPE) Host MPA-IRPT

Sept 10 - 14: Connecticut (MPE) Host CTPA

Sept 24 - 28: Tulsa (IMPE) Host Port Tulsa

Oct 15 - 16: Tampa (Continuing Education) Host Port Tampa Bay

Oct 17 - 18: Louisiana (Continuing Education) Host POSLA

Nov 5 - 9: Vicksburg (IMPE) Host Vicksburg, MS

Hosts: GPA-Georgia Ports Authority, HDR-HDR Engineering, PANYNJ-Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, MPA-Milwaukee Port Authority, IRPT-Inland Ports and Terminals Association, Port Tulsa-Tulsa Port Authority, CTPA-Connecticut Port Authority, PortTampaBay-Tampa Florida Port Authority, POSLA-Port of South Louisiana, Port Vicksburg-Vicksburg Mississippi Port Authority. MPM-16 Hour Marine Port Manager Program MPE-36 Hour Marine Port Executive Program IMPE-36 Hour Inland Marine Port Executive Program Continuing Education-16 Hour Program -Accredited Marine Port Executive Certification

MTO - 16 Hour Marine Terminal Operator - Custom Sponsored and Scheduled

For additional information: Capt. Michelle Ross

To register for classes, contact John Gleason at

To register for the classes, please email For additional information:

“For A World Connected By Water”

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