Seaport industry executives will meet on critical challenges facing ocean shipping worldwide, including discussions regarding the marine highways initiative, during the North Atlantic Ports Association (NAPA) semi-annual meeting from Dec. 8-9 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Canaveral Port Authority is sponsoring the event.

The intense sessions allow delegates to learn from each other on the latest industry developments in areas such as port security and best environmental practices. A key focus of the agenda is on building cruise ship traffic.

"Canaveral is one of the most successful cruise ports in the world and our delegates felt we could benefit from hearing firsthand from those who have helped to make Central Florida a leader in tourism," says Corine Barbour, President, NAPA. "The beauty of the area, the local expertise available, and the welcome mat that was extended from the Port Authority made Canaveral attractive for the location of our first meeting south of Norfolk, Virginia."

Sessions include topics on customer service and the changing U.S. economy, managing port assets to reduce costs, moving forward amid the economic climate, and legal issues facing the maritime industry.

"As one of the most vital transportation links for the U.S. economy, the exchange of information and ideas is critical for seaports to compete and thrive during these challenging times for the international economy," says Stan Payne, CEO, Port Canaveral. "The Port Authority is delighted to host our colleagues and to provide opportunities for our area economy to benefit from the delegates' stay."

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