Armando Duarte-Peláez, a longtime Board member of Colombia’s Sociedad Portuaria de Santa Marta, was formally installed as the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) Chairman of the Board for 2012-13.gaetan_boivin_trois_rivieres

“AAPA’s new chairman, Armando Durate-Peláez, is a strong advocate for integrating all Western Hemisphere ports under the collaborative AAPA ‘umbrella’ to give them a unified, international voice in maritime- and transportation-related issues,” said Kurt Nagle, AAPA President and CEO. “Señor Duarte, who has an impressive history of port and international trade experience, was elected Chairman of the Board in a March 2012 vote of AAPA’s Board of Directors, representing port officials throughout the Americas. He has the knowledge, leadership skills, enthusiasm and industry respect to advance our association’s mission of connecting port communities with the global marketplace, and we look forward to his chairmanship for the coming year.”

Installed as AAPA’s U.S. delegation chair for 2012-13 was Adolph N. Ojard, Executive Director for Duluth Seaway Port Authority, of Duluth, Minn. Tay Yoshitani, Port of Seattle’s Executive Director, assumed the role of Chair-elect, while Port of San Diego Executive Director Wayne Darbeau became the delegation’s new Vice-Chair. Mr. Ojard will also chair AAPA’s U.S. Legislative Policy Council.

Representing AAPA’s Canadian delegation, Gaétan Boivin, President and CEO of Trois-Rivières Port Authority, was installed as Chairman; Bernie Dumas, President and CEO of Nanaimo Port Authority, became the delegation’s new Chair-elect.

Also during the five-day convention, AAPA and American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) signed a memorandum of cooperation, committing the two associations to join forces to build greater awareness of the need to significantly boost federal investment in the nation’s ports and waterways infrastructure. The strategic partnership agreement calls for participation in each other’s committee meetings and policy discussions, to share technical best practices, to exchange information through newsletters and reports, and to jointly advocate for members of Congress to develop and pass legislation that favorably impacts ports and waterways.