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June 25, 2019

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

International Association of Maritime and Port Executives


The FY19 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill is moving forward in Congress, having passed out of subcommittee and moving to the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Bill calls for $100 million for the Port Security Grant Program and funding for 375 US Customs officers.


The shipping industry's major trade associations have issued a joint statement asking IMO to finalize details of the 2020 sulfur cap rollout. They have suggested that port states should take a pragmatic approach to enforcement of the new regulations setting sculpture limits at 0.5%. The associations included BIMCO, ICS, Intercargo, Intertanko and WSC. The statement asked IMO member states to consider suggestions on a practical and pragmatic approach to enforcement by IMO member states when verifying compliance with the new global sulfur cap. The statement also asked for consideration of safety implications associated with use of the 2020 fuels, a standard for reporting on fuel oil non-availability, proposals for amendments to MARPOL Annex VI to require sampling points for fuel oil and verification issues, control mechanism and actions.

The statement warned that the rollout will be complex due to the massive number of ships affected and the expected shift in fuel supply requirements. Many ships will have to use new blended fuel products that do not conform to any existing ISO standard and if these newly-formulated bunkers turn out to be incompatible, it could lead to loss of power and serious safety issues. The shipping and oil industries have suggested that there will likely be technical issues with the rollout. The statement emphasized it will be important for port state control authorities to exercise a pragmatic and realistic approach to enforce compliance during the initial months of 2020.


The IAMPE welcomes and congratulates our latest graduates of the Inland Port Manager and Executive Manager program, which was sponsored at the Port of Milwaukee in cooperation with the Inland River Ports and Terminals Association, an IAMPE Education Partner. Our new professionally certified alumni include Clayton Harris, IMPE, Executive Director-Illinois International Port District; Dave Murray, IMPE, Assistant Vice President-Watco Terminal and Port Services; Peter Hirthe, IMPE Senior Trade Development Representative-Port Milwaukee; Chief Kaleena Carpino, IMPE, Marine Science Technician, US Coast Guard; Darren Melvin, IMPM, Hanson Marine Services; Supriti Jaya Ghosh, IMPE; Senior Maritime Policy Advisor-US Committee on the Marine Transportation System; and Mark Walter, IMPE, Business Development Manager-Brown County Port and Resource Recovery Department, City of Greenbay, WI. In addition, the Port of Milwaukee was welcomed as an Education Port Partner of the IAMPE.


The IAMPE has alumni and members who are looking for terminal or port operations positions. These are experienced and mature personnel with existing security clearances. Many are merchant mariners looking to come ashore and some veterans of the armed services. We have their resumes and we can sort by geographical preference. If you have a position open, or wish to post a position, the service is free to our 2,500+ distribution of alumni, members and port partners. Please send along information to and we will post your position and/or send you resumes of qualified personnel.


The IAMPE welcomes Valerie Kazarian, our new Education Program Administrator. Valerie is a former city planner and will work with our databases and contacts to meet student and organization needs. Her email is


The Continuing Education program for 2018 will be held in 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.

Questions about content or the Education Program and Standards?

Call Capt. Jeff Monroe, (207)741-7000 or email at

CAN’T DO THE ENTIRE PROGRAM IN ONE SHOT? You can take the management program in two phases, MPM/IMPM first two days, MPE/IMPE second two days.

Certifications come with each section, Academic Credits are awarded after completing the Executive Management Program. We recommend doing the 36 hour program before taking Continuing Education because that 16 hour program builds on the content of the Executive Management Program


Sept 10 - 14: New London, 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-IRPT

Hosts: 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

To register for seminars, or additional information contact:

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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