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March 26, 2018

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

International Association of Maritime and Port Executives


The President has signed a massive spending bill to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2018. The government had been operating on a series of continuing resolutions since October, and this agreement removes the uncertainty that arises from those short-term measures.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works program would receive funding of $6.8 billion, an increase of $789 million from the FY17 levels. That includes $3 billion for navigation projects and studies, with $1.4 billion from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and full use of revenues from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, and $1.9B for flood and storm damage reduction projects, an increase of $215M above FY17.

The Investigations account would receive $123 million; Construction at $2.085 billion; Mississippi River and Tributaries at $425 million; Operation and Maintenance at $3.630 billion; and $200 million for Regulatory.

The bill includes specific instructions for evaluating studies and projects that would be eligible for the additional funding provided, as well as directions for new starts. A detailed work plan must be provided to the Congress within 60 days of enactment. The bill also continues the prohibition on the implementation of the final Principles and Requirements, directing the Corps to continue to use the 1983 Principles and Guidelines.


New air quality requirements for ships will impact the owners of some 60,000 international vessels. New rules implemented by international agreement by the IMO will come into effect in January 2020 for all worldwide oceans, costing the industry an estimated $40 billion dollars (US). The IMO estimates that ships contribute 13% of total sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere because they burn heavy fuels with a 3.5% sulfur content. In 2020, new emission standards will reduce content to .5%, or .4% higher than already in place in the Emission Control Areas (ECA) in place in coastal areas off the U.S., Canada and parts of Europe (maximum .1%). Refineries worldwide are reporting they will have sufficient cleaner fuel to meet anticipated demand. Many companies are choosing to retrofit vessels with stack gas scrubbers, which can cost $10 million (US) per vessel. Vessels have also had issues with propulsion failures in ports and increased maintenance costs, as well as personnel procedures, leading to an increase in ship casualties including collisions, allisons and groundings. Ocean carriers have predicted higher freight rates and costs to shippers. Many carriers utilize a fuel surcharge per box or ton on international routes which has been helpful in the recent wide swings of fuel prices. The cruise industry has also been adapting with Carnival installing scrubbers in 82 of its 102 ships, costing $400 million (US) according to the Wall Street Journal. Scrubber industry firms indicate that in spite of high upfront costs, scrubbers should reduce fuel costs on vessels. A number of operators are now going to LNG dual fuel vessels to meet emission standards. The availability of LNG fueling worldwide is increasing but LNG fueled vessels represent only a small part of the industry to date but is expected to increase.


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IRPT invites you to join us for the Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals (IRPT) Annual Conference at the Westin Cincinnati from April 24th thru April 26th (with golf and exhibitor move in on Monday, April 23rd), 2018. The IRPT is an IAMPE Educational partner. Continuing Education credits will be offered to IMPE Alumni toward the Accredited Marine Port Executive Certification. The conference will also host a Commissioner’s Seminar. Access the online registration here:, or download a .pdf registration form here.

This year’s conference will include: Nearly 10 hours of conference content with professional development hours offered. Content to include: Commodities forecast, Innovative Technology, Education Opportunities, Infrastructure Update, New Business Development and more. For further information or to register contact: Aimee Andres, AMPE, Executive Director, Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals, Inc., One Confluence Way, East Alton, IL 62024, Phone (618) 468-3010,


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.

(A minimum number of participants is required to conduct seminars-IAMPE reserves the right to cancel programs and reschedule participants).


The MPM-MPE program will be held at the New York Shipping Association Training Center located at 1210 Corbin St., Elizabeth, NJ 07114 May 14-18. We welcome the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as our newest Educational Partner. For hotel and seminar schedule information and content contact


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

IAMPE may cancel or reschedule seminars if registrations are below minimum levels

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”

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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