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January 28, 2019

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

International Association of Maritime and Port Executives


Last month, the Corps invited interested parties to submit written comments on various provisions of WRDA 18 to be considered during the development of implementation guidance. The National Waterways Conference NWC) met with Corps headquarters to request that the Corps provide more meaningful engagement for WRDA implementation, and not simply the opportunity to submit written comments. Subsequently, after discussions with the NWC Legislative Policy Committee, they sent a letter to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) reiterating their request.

The current deadline for submitting written comments is February 12. Please send comments to Thank you to the National Waterways Conference and Inland Rivers Ports and Terminal Association for this information on WRDA.


  • The Drewry Container Port Throughput Indices are a series of volume growth/decline indices based on monthly throughput data for a sample of over 220 ports worldwide. The samples represent over 75% of global volumes. The basis for the indices is established for January 2012 and equals 100. Source: Atlantic Journal of Transportation and Drewry Maritime Research, Financial and Consulting Services. Go to for full information.

Drewry assessment (subject to change) for January 2019

  • After reaching 130.7 points in October 2018 (the highest level in the last seven months), the Drewry Container Port Throughput index fell back to 127.7 in November 2018. It was close to three points up on an annual basis when compared to November 2017.

  • All regions witnessed a monthly decline in November 2018 except Asia (excl. China) The Index was almost the same for October and November 2018. A November decline is unusual, and not seen in recent years, most likely due to US-China tariff changes and disrupted supply chains.

  • North America witnessed the largest monthly decline after a 10.5 point growth in October 2018. The Index was at 139 in November 2018 compared to more than 150 points in October 2018. However, the index was more than six points (4.7%) up compared to November 2017. Strong growth in the earlier part of the year seems to be slowing markedly, perhaps due to US port congestion brought about by earlier surges in cargo seeking to beat the tariff deadlines.

  • Latin America followed the trend with close to seven points (5.7%) monthly decline in November 2018. However, it was almost the same compared to November 2017.

  • The largest region China was also in the same league by witnessing two points (1.5%) decline in November 2018. However, the index was four points up compared to November 2017.

  • Europe and Africa both witnessed around 3% monthly decline in November 2018. On an annual basis, the index was 1% higher for Europe whereas it was almost unchanged for Africa.

  • Summary by Region: Global Up 2.2%, China Up 3%, Asia (excluding China) Up 4%, Europe Up 1.1%, North America Up 4.7%, Latin America Down 0.2%, Africa (approximately) Up 0.2%.

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

“For A World Connected By Water”

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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