Kristin Decas, Port Director and CEO of Southern California’s Port of Hueneme and Chairwoman of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the recognised and unified voice of seaports in the Americas – has been chosen to speak at the US Department of Transportation’s National Maritime Day ceremony on May 21, 2015.
Kristin Decas said: “I’m proud to represent AAPA in this event and partner with the Department of Transportation and other stakeholders in recognizing the important role our marine transportation system plays in our nation’s security, defense, economic prosperity and international competitiveness.
“Our country’s history and its future is based on our being a truly great maritime nation.”
National Maritime Day, May 22, was decreed by congress in 1933 as a day for the United States to observe its proud maritime heritage, honour those who serve and have served as merchant mariners, and recognize the many benefits that result from America’s maritime industry.
The annual event commemorates the role America plays as a maritime nation and remembers those who gave their lives in service to the industry.
Several AAPA-member ports will also be hosting their own events to commemorate National Maritime Day, including the Port of San Diego, Port Everglades and Port Miami.