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January 15, 2019

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

International Association of Maritime and Port Executives


Trade expansion is expected to slow to 3.9 percent in 2018 & 3.7 percent in 2019 (from 4.7 percent in 2017) according to the World Trade Organization. Mostly driven by Eurozone Economic Issues as well as the slowing Chinese Economy and US and foreign tariffs, export orders are down for the beginning portion of the year. Indices for automobile production and sales (96.9), electronic components (93.9) and agricultural raw materials (97.2) are below trend. Although still in growth mode, international air freight (100.0) and container port throughput (101.2) have dipped but remain on trend.


An invasive species from Asia/Europe has impacted Louisiana and Texas destroying important plants that hold bay and river sands from washing out to sea. Louisiana has issued a quarantine to control spread but they are unsure about a long term solution. Experts are also unsure of the source and type but it is an aphid or type of mealy bug-that sucks sap from the plant eventually killing it. Roseau cane is what holds the river banks together and if the banks start to disintegrate, that could mean a lot more work for the Army Corps of Engineers who will require constant dredging to keep channels open as sands from the Gulf of Mexico and mud wash back and forth and impact channels.

2019 Schedule-Accredited Educational Programs

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

The IAMPE is a Not-For Profit Professional Development and Certification Association.

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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