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Capt. Jeffrey Monroe, MM, AMPE presenting Education Partner to Barbara Melvin

South Carolina Ports has received formal designation as an Education Partner of the IAMPE, joining 22 other Port Education Partners of the organization. Receiving the award was Barbara Melvin, President & CEO of South Carolina Ports, who welcomed the class. This is the second year South Carolina Ports hosted a program.

In addition, the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE) is pleased to congratulate its latest graduates of the Maritime Port Executive Management Program. The program was hosted by South Carolina Ports in Charleston, SC. Participants earned the Maritime Port Executive (MPE) certification. In addition, MPE graduates were awarded graduate level credits by the IAMPE’s Academic partners which includes Maine Maritime Academy, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, State University of New York Maritime College, Texas Southern University, The University of Memphis, and the Maritime College of Australia.

Maritime Port Executive (MPE) certifications were awarded to CDR Baxter Smoak, MPE – USCG; CDR Dan Somma, MPE – Marine Terminal Compliance Advisor, Marathon Petroleum; Brian Weigand, MPE ­-Port Engineer Manager, Port of Alaska; Theo Green, MPE – Manager, Ports America – Charleston; Robert Murray, MPE – President, National Association of Waterfront Employers; Jayson Hron, MPE – Director of Communication & Marketing, Duluth Seaway Port Authority; Sharron Jordan, MPE - Transportation Industry Analyst, Department of Transportation – MARAD; CDR Eric Velez, MPE – USCG; and Andre Hayes-Frederick, MPE – Director, Operations Systems and Terminal Planners, SCPA.

South Carolina Ports is an Education Partner of the IAMPE, along with 22 other Port Education Partners and 6 Industry Association Partners. Industry Association Partners include the American Association of Port Authorities; Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals, Inc.; Houston Port Bureau; Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators; Maritime Exchange of the Delaware Bay and River; South Carolina Maritime Association; and the North Atlantic Ports Association.

The IAMPE is a non-profit industry association that provides professional development for coastal and inland port and terminal managers and executives. Programs are reviewed and approved for certification by the IAMPE’s Board of Advisors, comprised of 20 industry professionals. The Association offers professional and accredited programs in Coastal and Inland Port Management and Executive Management, as well as certification programs for Marine Terminal Operator and IMDG/Hazardous Awareness. The Association has over 2,600 alumni worldwide and is the only Association offering professional certification to port managers worldwide.

IAMPE Education partners include the Connecticut Port Authority, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Georgia Ports Authority, Port of Alaska, Oakley Ports, Lange-Stegman, Maine Port Authority, Little Rock Port Authority, Port Milwaukee, Vicksburg Port Authority, Port of South Louisiana, Port of Morgan City (LA), America’s Central Port, the United States Coast Guard, the US Environmental Protection Agency, Port Tampa Bay, Jacksonville Port Authority, HDR Engineering, South Carolina Ports, the Transportation General Authority of Saudi Arabia, the Maritime Association of South Carolina, Maher Terminals, The Port of Virginia, the World Trade Center New Orleans, Ports Association of Louisiana (PAL), Kean Miller, and the University of Maine School of Law.


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