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Port Notes - May 20, 2019

PORT NOTES May 20, 2019

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

International Association of Maritime and Port Executives


The Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) and the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing to work together on professional development for the maritime and port industry. Under MOU, MMA and the IAMPE will acknowledge and endorse each other’s programs, maintaining the highest professional standards of education and training. The IAMPE will provide a professional certification as Marine Port Manager (MPM) to MMA students for successfully completing the Maritime Business Management graduate program. In essence, MMA graduate students will earn both the Master of Science as well as the MPM certification. IAMPE members who independently complete the IAMPE certification can receive academic credit towards the graduate degree at MMA. This agreement follows the long standing and successful agreement with Maine Maritime Academy and the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics. In addition, the IAMPE has 22 Port, Agency and Industry Association Educational Partnerships in the US and Canada. The IAMPE completed a successful MPE program for the US Coast Guard which became an educational partner in March and provided professional certifications to 21 USCG and NOAA personnel.


The IAMPE is pleased to congratulate the latest class of port management professionals receiving professional certifications. The seminar was hosted by the Massachusetts Maritime Academy at their ABS Conference Center. Latest certified professionals include: Aron Dickson, MPE-Manager Port Security and Operations, Halifax Port Authority; Capt. Ray Perry, USCG-Ret, MPE- Adjunct Professor, MMA Graduate Program; J. Todd Neely, MPE-President, Neely Port Advisors; Brendan Hickok, MPE-Assistant City Manager, and Matthew Chase, MPE-Deputy Harbormaster, City of Seward Alaska; Tim Griffin, MPE-Terminal Project Manager, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Port of New Bedford, South Terminal; Tom Visee, MPM-Freight Planner, HDR; Romulo Garza, MPM-Assistant Vice President, New York City Economic Development Corporation; Capt. Michael Rutstein, MPM-Chairman, Salem Massachusetts Port Authority; Charles Myers, MPM-Senior Project Manager, CSRA; Abigail Hevey, MPM-Grants Manager, New Bedford Port Authority. The IAMPE also awarded Capt. F. Bradly Wellock, MM, MPE-Executive Director, North Atlantic Ports Authority, the Accredited Marine Port Executive Certification.


The IAMPE - in cooperation with the University of Maine Law School, the University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center, and the Maine Port Authority - is developing a 1 to 2 day program for port and terminal attorneys, municipal attorneys and legal professionals associated with ports to cover a wide range of critical topics in this specialty area. The program would also be developed to provide CLE credits. Our target is the end of the first week of October. We would be interested in hearing back on key topics critical to your legal staffs.

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