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December 17, 2018

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

International Association of Maritime and Port Executives


As 2019 approaches and we say farewell to 2018, there are a number of key issues to watch in the New Year. We have summarized them below as presented to the membership of the North Atlantic Ports Association earlier this month in Washington. A copy of the entire “Industry Update” presentation is available by contacting me at

  • USCG Vessel Incidental Discharge Regulations-VIDA

  • Ballast Water Management System approvals and standards

  • New OSHA Regulations for the Handling of Crystalline Silica

  • Bulk cargo facilities and shipyards

  • Continued investment in LNG export facilities

  • Expected growth in 2019

  • Increases in vessel operating costs

  • Pressures on ports to reduce rates and shipper rate increases

  • Container Ships will be higher 4.2% in 2018, 3.8% expected in 2019

  • Subchapter M Ongoing Rollout

  • USCG Personnel requirements and demands

  • Third party compliance oversight

  • Hamm Alert Safety Act of 2018-USCG response to EL FARO Loss

  • Four key regulatory changes:

  • Alternate Compliance,

  • Third Party Oversight,

  • Marine Inspector and Inspection Improvements, and

  • Updated Safety Standards (including Safety Management Systems).


Seminar Locations and Dates Subject to Change - Participants will be notified well in advance. Rates are modestly going up in 2019 (MPM $100, MPE $100=Total $200 increase). If you register for a program by December 31, the old rates will apply.

To register for seminars, or additional information contact:

MPM/IMPM- 16 Hour Maritime Port Manager Program MPE/IMPE- 36 Hour Maritime 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 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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