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Port Set to Host 2016 American Association of Port Authorities Annual Conference

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The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans is set to host the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Port Authorities, the largest gathering of Port and maritime professionals in the Western Hemisphere.

The conference, scheduled for Oct. 23-26 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, will include technical and policy committee meetings, business sessions and social networking for port professionals and marine transportation leaders throughout the four-day event.

“This year marks the seventh time New Orleans has played host to AAPA’s Annual Conference,” said Port President and CEO Gary LaGrange. “We are honored to host this prestigious event and know attendees will enjoy New Orleans’ hospitality and the unparalleled networking and business programs that AAPA events provide.”

"AAPA and our member ports are excited to be returning to New Orleans for our annual convention,” said AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle. “The Crescent City is an ideal location to bring together ports from throughout the hemisphere to collaborate on key industry issues and strengthen trading relationships. We greatly appreciate the hospitality of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans and Gary LaGrange in hosting this international event."

Founded in 1912, the AAPA is a trade association that represents more than 130 public port authorities in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. Association members include more than 300 sustaining and associate members – firms and individuals with an interest in the seaports of the Western Hemisphere.

AAPA is dedicated to serving deep draft public ports by enhancing port management professionalism, and advocating issues critical to public seaports.

The Port of New Orleans is located in the center of one of the world’s busiest port complexes – Louisiana’s Lower Mississippi River. Connected to major inland markets and Canada via 14,500 miles of inland waterways, six Class 1 railroads and the nation’s interstate highway system, the Port is the ideal gateway for containers and breakbulk cargo, along with passenger cruises. Port facilities include 20 million square feet of cargo handling area, more than 3.1 million square feet of covered storage area and 1.7 million square feet of cruise and parking facilities. The Port of New Orleans has reached new highs in container volumes and cruise passengers in recent years, while completing state-of-the-art infrastructure projects throughout the Port.

“We expect all attendees to enjoy the unique events and programs the convention has to offer and to take time to explore New Orleans,” LaGrange said. “We look forward to seeing friends and connecting with new ones, while sharing our experiences and plans for tomorrow.”