Port Everglades will participate in the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) “Sound Off for National Maritime Day” initiative this week with vessels blowing their horns every day at noon from May 18-22.

This year’s National Maritime Day tribute recognizes the mariners, the maritime industry, ports and their workforces, vessels in harbors and at berth, for the role they are playing in the COVID-19 response and recovery, supply chain continuity, and long-term economic stability as they work to move goods across the globe.

“Port Everglades, and our entire port community, has worked tirelessly during the COVID-19 Pandemic to keep the many goods moving through the port to support grocery stores, gas stations, retail stores, construction projects, and the overall economy,” said Glenn Wiltshire, Acting Chief Executive and Port Director.

“Most people are unaware of the impact seaports have on their daily lives. Ninety percent of goods and services used in the United States travel through seaports such as Port Everglades.”

Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, Port Everglades has remained open to serve the South Florida community and region.

“Port workers and their logistics partners are laboring around the clock to keep us all supplied with vital consumer goods, medical equipment, energy and raw materials,” said Chris Connor, AAPA president and CEO. “While taking all necessary precautions against spreading the virus themselves, our maritime workforce continues to deliver vital goods and services, ship exports, and connect farmers, manufacturers, retailers and consumers to the global marketplace.”

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David Volz has been a reporter for Hollywood Gazette since 2011 and has worked for numerous community news publications throughout South Florida over the past two decades including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and South Florida Business Journal. He is a Professor in the Business department at Broward College and the editor of the Coral Springs Connection, an online community news website. He covers city government, schools, sports events, cultural activities, faith groups and workplaces.


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