Renowned international experts will take part in the debates scheduled for the 107th Convention of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) that, for the first time in its history, will take place in South America, with Valparaiso as its venue.

The event will have three intense days of debate mostly focused on the effects of the global economy over the maritime sector, the impact of mergers and acquisitions over port operations, cybersecurity challenges, workforce development and sustainability in the sector.

As a result, the 700+ participants of the Convention will have the chance to listen and dialogue with Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director of Policy and Strategy of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) and CEPAL’s Regional Expert on Infrastructure and Ports Ricardo Sánchez, on their view of the global economy.

In this panel, mediated by former AAPA Chairman Armando Duarte-Peláez, the experts will address ports and the maritime sector’s strategies to face the new global economic conditions.

Maritime consolidation

In the first day of the Convention, the consolidation of the maritime sector will be discussed by its main actors with a panel mediated by Rodolfo Sabonge, Associate Consultant of Talasónomica and including the presence of Maximiliano Alcorta, MSC Regional Operations Manager WCSA and Lars Oestergaard Nielsen, Maersk Line President for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Load generators and port authorities will also be represented in the debate with the participation of Ronald Bown, President of the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX) and Cathie J. Vick, Chief Public Affairs Officer of the Port of Virginia.


Cybersecurity will also be part of AAPA 2018’s agenda, with panelists analyzing the latest cyber-attacks and information security challenges faced by the sector, as well as strategies and best practices to prevent and recover from those cyber-attacks.

The debate will be mediated by Molly Campbell, Director of Ports - Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and addressed by Lidia Muñoz, Indra’s Director of Transport for Panama, Central America and the Caribbean and Miguel Juan, Managing Partner of S2 Grupo.

October 9th, the first day of conferences, will be closed with a presentation on the importance of an “Innovation Ecosystem” for port competitiveness by Peter de Langen, Owner and principal consultant of Ports & Logistics Advisory and Professor at the Copenhagen Business School followed by a lecture by the Minister of Transport and Telecommunications of Chile, Gloria Hutt, about the scope of national ports policies.

City-ports and labor relations

The second day of discussion will initiate with 90 minutes dedicated to strategies for port development, community relationship and sector sustainability.

Sean Strawbridge, CEO of the Port of Corpus Christi, Carlos Urriola, Senior Vice President of Manzanillo International Terminal, Juan Kuryla, PortMiami’s Director and Gonzalo Mórtola, President of AGP-Port of Buenos Aires will present their views on best practices for sustainable development of ports, mediated by Philippe Matthis, Brussels Port’s Deputy Director and President of the AIVP.

The debate will be followed by a session on environmental concerns in port management led by Giovanni Benedetti, Marketing and Sales Director of Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena, along with Héctor Bautista, General Director of Ensenada Port Administration (Mexico); Alberto Díaz, President of Uruguay’s National Port Administration and Gonzalo Davagnino Vergara, General Manager of Empresa Portuaria Valparaiso.

Last but not least, cases on port workforce development will be presented under the mediation of Jim Quinn, President and CEO of Port Saint John (Canada). The panelists will discuss training processes and the adaptability required from port workers in a constantly changing sector.

Noel Hacegaba, Port of Long Beach’s Chief Commercial Officer and Chairman of AAPA’s Professional Development Board; Stephanie L. Bowman, Commissioner of the Port of Seattle, Miguel Garín-Alemany, ValenciaPort Foundation International Development Director; and Cecilia Alcocer Recabal, Human Capital Manager of Chile’s Maritime and Port Chamber, will present their inputs on these issues.

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