Hundreds of seaport and maritime transportation leaders industry experts and service providers from throughout the Western Hemisphere will converge on the Norfolk Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Norfolk Virginia at the end of September to participate in the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) 96th Annual Convention. Among the meeting participants will be Panamanian President Martín Torrijos who will accept AAPA’s prestigious |!|Port Person of the Year|!| award at a special luncheon in his honor on Oct. 2.
The conference will run from September 30 through October 4.
Hosted by the Virginia Port Authority the five-day maritime industry gathering will feature an agenda of issue-defining presentations panel discussions interactive sessions networking events and a robust exhibition of service and product providers to the port industry. After accepting his |!|Port Person|!| award at the Oct. 2 luncheon Pres. Torrijos will give the convention’s keynote address focusing on the $5.25 billion Panama Canal expansion project that began this month which will more than double ship capacity through the 93-year-old canal.