The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)



25 Jun 2013
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In Bogota, from the 25th to 28th of June


The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), in cooperation with Regional Port Societies of Colombia, are finalizing the details of the XXII Latin American Congress of Ports, which will be held at the JW Marriott Hotel Bogota, between the 25th and 28th of June. This year, the conference operates under the motto: "American Port Integrations with the World, in the era of Free Trade Agreements and Common Markets”

The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Colombia, Sergio Diaz-Granados, will inaugurate the event.

The conference has attracted much interest among prominent international speakers and guests, among which are (alphabetically):

  • Alberto Arene, President of the Autonomous Executive Port Commission-EL SALVADOR
  • Raymond Byl - Regional Director - Trainmar Americas
  • Germán Camargo Ponce de León - Technical Director - Guayacanal Biological Station Foundation
  • Domingo Chinea, CEO of the Buenaventura Regional Port – COLOMBIA
  • Alberto Diaz - President of National Ports Administration – URUGUAY
  • Rear Admiral Ernesto Durán González - Director General - General Maritime – COLOMBIA
  • Javier Enriquez - Managing Partner - HIDTMA SL – SPAIN
  • Javier Erice - Director, Ports and Shipping - IDOM – SPAIN
  • Leonardo Fantini - Subscription Regional Manager for Latin America, Central America and the Caribbean – AIG
  • Carlos José González España - Managing Partner Multimodal Company Colombia. Former Director General of Shipping and Ports, Ministry of Transport-COLOMBIA
  • Francisco Javier González Silva - Chairman of the Board - Arica Port Company – CHILE
  • Paulo André Holanda - Director - President - Dock Company of Ceará – Brazil
  • Jose Luis Castro Ibarra - General Director API Guaymas – MEXICO
  • Walter Kemmsies - Chief Economist - MOFFATT & NICHOL – USA
  • Olivier Lemaire - Director General of the Association Internationale Villes et Ports - (IACP) – FRANCE
  • Robert Manogue - Director of the Office of Bilateral Trade Affairs - U.S. State Department
  • Ken O'Hollaren - Expert Consultant and Former Chairman of AAPA Continental – USA
  • Carlos E. Ospina - Senior Project Manager - BergerABAM Inc. – USA
  • Jorge Otharán - Undersecretary for Ports in the Province of Buenos Aires – ARGENTINA
  • Franc Pigna, Managing Director AEGIR - UNITED STATES
  • René F. Puche - President - Regional Port of Barranquilla – COLOMBIA
  • Francisco Jose Rios Zanotti-Manager - International Enterprise Singapore, SINGAPORE
  • Guillermo Ruiz de Teresa - General Coordinator of Ports and Merchant Marine – MEXICO
  • Rodolfo Sabonge - Executive Vice President of Planning and Business Development - Panama Canal – PANAMA
  • Ricardo Sanchez - Head of Infrastructure Services Unit - ECLAC / UN
  • Carlos Scarpin Lamboglia - Secretary General of the International PBIP Network – MEXICO
  • Ricardo Schwartzman - Chairman of the Board - National Port Authority – PERU
  • Mauricio Suarez, General Manager Regional Santa Marta Regional Port – COLOMBIA
  • Diego Uribe-Exteverría - Development Assistant - Overseas Consultants Port – CHILE
  • Carlos Urriola - Senior Vice President - SSA MARINE – PANAMA
  • Daniel Velandia - Economic Research Manager - CREDICORP CAPITAL - (Correval) – COLOMBIA
  • Robert West, Ports Chief Strategist - Latin America and the Caribbean - WORLEY PARSONS GROUP
  • Participating moderators include: Kurt Nagle, President and CEO of AAPA; Alejandro Couttolenc, Commercial Manager API Veracruz (MEXICO); Hugo Borelli, President of the Management Consortium Puerto de Bahía Blanca (ARGENTINA), Victor Castaneda Guzman, General Manager of Castacom Peru SA (PERU), Raul Torre Gamboa, CEO of API Progreso (MEXICO), Rafael Plaza Perdomo, President of the Board of Directors of the Port Authority of Esmeraldas (ECUADOR), Juan José Giammattei, Chief Executive of the Maritime Port Authority (EL SALVADOR). The Colombian businessman Armando Duarte Pelaez, Chairman of the Board of AAPA Continental will serve as the main host of this congress.

    Sponsors include companies and institutions such as Santa Marta Regional Port, Buenaventura Regional Port, Barranquilla Regional Port, Cartagena Regional Port, Port of Miami, Port of Corpus Christi, Arcelor Mittal, Jan de Nul Group; BergerAbam Inc. , Port of Long Beach, Mota-Engil, Vigan, Boskalis, Prodevelop; TCBUEN; Allen & Dühring; Wequips; Darnell Properties, Inc., Ag Growth International, Berenguer Engineers; Siport 21; HIDTMA SL, Van Oord, Santafesina Chamber of Shipbuilding Industry , Barranquilla Container Terminal; AIG Insurance; Intertug; SMIT, Palermo Port Society, Svitzer, Nuctech Company Limited, Management Consortium Puerto Quequén; Arica Port Company, Probyp SA, Bureau Veritas, BGP Container & Logistics SA, Dredging International, Aqua & Terra Consultores Asociados , Port Everglades, Port of Palm Beach, Port of Brownsville, Port of New Orleans, Tampa Port Authority, WorleyParsons, Grupo Portuario; OPP Bulk; Inatlantic, Puerto Aguadulce SA; Prosertek; Industrial Rubber Products Colombia SA, DGC International, Seatrade, IACP , Todo Logistica & Comercio Exterior & Guía Logística & de Comercio Exterior; Expo Carga/ Cargo Week Americas; RIDEPORT, Red PBIPƒIS; World Port Development; SeaPorts Business and Container Management.

    Our website:, in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, provides all the information on the details of the conference, which will feature optional social and recreational activities, including a visit to the Gold Museum and the Salt Cathedral.

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