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Port Notes

From the Desk of Captain Jeffrey Monroe

The International Association of Maritime and Port Professionals

December 19, 2015


NOTE: The MPE registration period has been extended to January 8 for Port Manatee at the request of several folks to meet new fiscal year requirements.  There are only 15 seats available total and registrations are coming in.  See the note below for registration information.  The entire MPE Certification seminar is $2,000 but may be taken in segments-contact John Gleason-Registrar, information below.




On July 1, 2016, a new amendment to the SOLAS convention (“Safety of Life at Sea”) will go into effect that mandates a “verified gross mass” for all shipping containers prior to loading aboard a containership.  The International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted this amendment in furtherance of its safety mandate, noting that intentional and accidental incorrect declaration of container weights has been the source of various marine casualties.  Governments agreed and the result is this new mandate.  All signatory nation exporters (includes US and Canada) will have to provide a verified weight of their loaded container(s) to their carrier; carriers will use the information in creating the stowage plan for individual ship sailings, working with marine terminal personnel.  Many exporters are already in compliance, but not all.  U.S. importers need to be assured that their foreign sources are in compliance with the new requirement.  The “penalty” for noncompliance is straightforward:  the container will not be loaded aboard the ship, and the consequences for supply chains are obvious.  We expect that the U.S. Coast Guard and Transport Canada will soon publish guidance for U.S. exporters on obtaining a verified gross mass.  A copy of Frequently Asked Questions is attached.



The President has signed the Omnibus along with a package of tax extenders.. Also, included in the spending package is a provision that would end a 40-year ban on exporting crude oil and would provide a five-year extension of the production tax credit for wind energy with a phase out to 40 percent by 2019.

Corps of Engineers – Overall, Corps funding increased to $5.989 billion, an increase of $534 million above the FY 2015 enacted level and $1.257 billion above the President’s budget request.  The agreement includes $2.6 billion for navigation projects and studies. Congress appropriated $1.2 billion for Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund work, a 7.1% increase over the $1.12 billion appropriation for FY 2015 and significantly more than the President’s FY 2016 budget request of $915 million. Details include:

  • Investigations: $5 million, including up to 7 new study starts
  • Construction: $211.2 million, including up to 6 new construction starts
  • Navigation Maintenance: $23.529 million
  • Deep Draft: $250 million
  • Donor and Energy Transfer Ports: $25 million
  • Small, Remote Ports: $48 million


DOT TIGER Grants – TIGER will receive $500 million for FY 2016, which is the same level of funding it received in FY 2015.

MARAD – The final agreement also includes $5 million for the U.S. Maritime Administration’s Marine Highway Program to help mitigate landside congestion and develop pilot projects.

DHS Port Security Grants –$100 million for the FEMA Port Security Grant Program. This is the same level as FY 2015. Notice for port security grants will be released in early February.

EPA DERA Grants – Increased funding to $50 million in FY 2016 from $30 million in FY 2015.




Port Manatee: January 25-29, 2016 (Registration closes January 8)

Anchorage:     April 4-8, 2016

Portland, Maine: May 9-13, 2016


Applications are available from John Gleason, IAMPE Registrar at or by calling 207-239-2726.


Marine Port Management (2 Days-16 hours) $1,000 USD


Day 1: Systematic transportation approaches including logistics pathways, origin and destination routes and transportation modes, management perspectives including public port governance, terminal management, port/terminal administration and finance, industry perspectives and future trends.


Day 2: Intermodal cargo facilities, marine transportation systems, marine facilities as intermodal connectors, marine facility operations, equipment, regulatory requirements, safety, security and emergency response planning.  Day 2 includes a case study related to port management.


Marine Port Executive (2.5 days-20 hours) $1,000 USD

(Prerequisite: Marine Port Manager Certification-program may be taken currently with MPM program).


Day 3: The management of port property, connectivity including port influences over waterways-roadways-railways, property maintenance and asset risk management.  The management of cargo including transportation, protection, cost, pricing of services, port and terminal impacts, value added services, bills of lading, vessel chartering and liner services.  Day 3 includes a case study related to facility utilization and management.


Day 4: Port and terminal business development, application of the O/D analysis, tariffs, terminal rules and regulations, operating plans, port business development, and planning processes including strategic planning, master planning, logistics and cargo planning as well as the management of public relations, public information and media planning. Day 4 includes a business development case study.


Day 5: Practical application of port management and executive management systems including a situational analysis and group planning project.


Professional Certification


IAMPE professional certifications are approved by the Standards Committee of the Association as reviewed and endorsed by the Board of the Advisors of the IAMPE.  MPM and MPE are professional industry trademarks of the IAMPE.  Standards committee chair and program manager/presenter is Capt. Jeffrey Monroe, MM, MTM, and CMPE.  Program information can be accepted for Continuing Education and Academic Credit on a case by case basis.  The IAMPE provides information to institutions for credit consideration based on classroom hours, program structure, prerequisite requirements, evaluations and content. 

On behalf of all of us at the Association, a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Blessed Religious Holy-days,  and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

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