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Port Canaveral CEO John Walsh to open March 17-19 Port Security Operations Conference

John Walsh

The MacDonnell Group of Halifax, Nova Scotia has announced that John Walsh, CEO of Port Canaveral, will deliver the opening presentation and welcome remarks at its 2015 Port Security Operations Conference and Expo (PSOCE) which will take place at Port Canaveral on March 17-19. Walsh is expected to discuss the Port’s impressive growth from 2009, when it commissioned an Economic Impact Study by seaport consulting firm Martin and Associations, to the present.

In the years since the 2009 study, according to the Port’s annual reports, Canaveral has become the fastest-growing cruise port in Florida and Port revenues have smashed old records. The three-year growth spurt was reflected in the community impact: Job creation from Port business rose nearly 30 percent; local purchasing climbed almost 50 percent; revenue generated for local businesses escalated nearly 75 percent.

In 2012, the total annual impact upon the regional and local economy from Port business activity reached $2 billion, and in the following year, the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Central Florida made Port Canaveral co-recipient of its 2013 impact award, presented to Brevard County businesses with a profound impact on the local economy.

Annual reports also showed NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has been working with Canaveral proactively on studies related to extending rail service through their property to service the port's docks. The Florida Department of transportation, the transportation Planning organization and other regional and state planning groups have growing Port Canaveral clearly included in their strategic initiatives and growth plans, and the first joint Board Meeting of the greater Orlando Aviation Authority and Canaveral Port Authority took place in early 2014 to discuss shared issues.

Port Canaveral’s close relationship to military operations goes back to its very beginning when the Navy was the first to recognize the value of an inlet and port at this location. today, Port Canaveral provides logistic support to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and the naval ordnance test Unit (NOTU), and is home to a U.S. Coast guard Station.

According to the Port Security Operations Conference & Expo (PSOCE), Mr. Walsh intends to describe many new initiatives on the Port’s drawing board, ranging from discussions with the Air Force and Navy on additional joint land and facility use to meeting with cruise lines, assisting local hoteliers and retailers and building Port-of-call business.

More about MacDonnell

In addition to its Port Canaveral event, MacDonnell also produces a Canadian conference, the PORTSECURE CONFERENCE & EXPO, now in its ninth year as Canada's premier national conference and expo on port and maritime security. This year the conference and expo will take place from May 19th - 21st, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Montreal, Quebec.

PORTSECURE is a professional development opportunity for those charged with the management and operation of security activities within the port, and will be of interest to operators, regulators, shippers and others directly involved in the successful operation of secure and safe ports.

The structure of PORTSECURE allows delegates to be briefed on current and pending issues and regulations by government and industry officials, and to share practical case studies of effective solutions implemented in real world situations on a daily basis. Sessions on best practices will highlight the most effective ways operators have found to get the job done. The expo gives delegates a chance to see the latest security technologies from world-class solution providers.

MacDonnell’s Maritime Security Training provides a full range of flexible, cost effective training options to meet Transport Canada compliance requirements for Port, Ship, Ferry and Terminal Operators. Our Training Week series offers a unique opportunity to access all the training programs required to meet Canadian regulations in a convenient setting from St. John's to Vancouver.

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Additionally, the company’s Certified Port Executive training, the only program of its kind in North America, is making a difference in the management and competitiveness of North American ports.

This five day course is designed to provide course participants with a professional education program related to the transportation system and operations of ports, vessels and marine terminals.

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PortStar: New Approach to Port Worker Training Lowers Cost and Improves Security

In a totally new approach, MacDonnell also offers a totally new approach to port worker training in its “PortStar” program, the nation's only comprehensive seaport worker security curriculum with flexible delivery options and online training management is now available commercially. The PortStar system is available on an annual subscription basis through MacDonnell Security Risk Management in Tallahassee, FL.


For further information on the March 17-19 Port Security Operations Conference and Expo at Port Canaveral, or any other event or training program offered by the company, please contact MacDonnell at Telephone: 902-425-3980.


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