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Port of Long Beach uses education to boost its competitiveness | Print |

(Port of Long Beach, July 18, 2014) – The Port of Long Beach has not lost sight of the significance of professional development in supporting the Port‘s decade-long, $4 billion investment in upgrades and efficiency improvements.  The Port’s commitment to boosting its competitiveness in the long term extends beyond rebuilding and replacing outdated facilities and infrastructure, to ensuring its human resources are prepared to help build the port of the future.

“Having a full understanding of all the operations of the Port and how departments and roles work together to achieve an overall goal is a valuable asset to our workforce,” comments Dr. Noel Hacegaba, Acting Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Port of Long Beach. “And this course provided that comprehensive overview.” Dr. Hacegaba participated in this week’s CPE CERTIFIED PORT EXECUTIVE™ Program held at the Port along with six other Port employees and five other managers from rail, terminal operations and other American ports.

The addition of CPE CERTIFIED PORT EXECUTIVE™ credentials gives the Port of Long Beach managers the tools and knowledge to individually make a more effective contribution to the organization, and to function more cohesively as a team. MacDonnell Group president Ralston MacDonnell explains the development of the program: “The maritime industry is constantly changing; management faces new realities and effective leadership requires a comprehensive understanding of the overall context. The course was designed to cover rapidly changing regulations and requirements that affect ports, marine facilities, transportation providers, supply chain operators and vessels, and is valuable to all levels of management from all related industry stakeholders.” Course topics include an overview of the worldwide intermodal transportation system, port and terminal operations, cargo management, safety and security, emergency planning and response, public and media relations, environmental management, and strategic, master, and business planning.

The course was developed by the MacDonnell Group and delivered by Captain Jeffrey Monroe, CPE, MM, MTM, a licensed master mariner with a Master’s Degree in Transportation Management.


The CPE CERTIFIED PORT EXECUTIVE™ designation was given to the following:

Gina Barro, Business Development Manager, Trade Development, Port of Long Beach, CA

Kathleen Charchenko, Assistant Marketing Manager, Trade Development, Port of Long Beach, CA

Otis Cliatt II, President, Pacific Harbor Line, Wilmington CA

Dr. Noel Hacegaba, Acting Deputy Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, Port of Long Beach, CA

Brett Mascaro, Business Development Manager, Trade Development, Port of Long Beach, CA

Andrew McClure, Supervisor, United States Cold Storage, Tulare CA

John Pasch, Captain, USCG Ret’d, Port of Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi TX

Rod Pickens, General Manager, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, Baltimore MD

Eric Shen, Director of Transportation Planning, Port of Long Beach, CA

Mechelle Smothers, Administrative Analyst, Trade Development, Port of Long Beach, CA

Dina Steaman, Port Manager, Southern California, CMA CGM America, Long Beach CA

Roger Wu, Marketing Manager, Trade Development, Port of Long Beach, CA


Media Contacts:

Laura Simmons

Marketing and Communications Specialist, MacDonnell Group


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Dr. Noel Hacegaba

Acting Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer

Port of Long Beach


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Ralston MacDonnell

President, MacDonnell Group


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About MacDonnell Group:

MacDonnell has been providing engineering and management consulting services to its clients for over 50 years. The Halifax-based company provides port management and seaport security training as a business focus. MacDonnell offers MARAD and Transport Canada approved instructor-led and online training solutions for the more than 4 million port workers in North America. The company also provides the PORTSTAR™ Seaport Security Training System to numerous United States ports, terminal operators and security organizations. MacDonnell has hosted a number of successful conferences in the past and will be hosting the second Port Security Operations Conference and Expo in Long Beach on November 10th through 12th. The increasingly popular CPE Certified Port Executive ™ Program is offered throughout North America to industry professionals and will be offered again in Long Beach from November 10th to 14th.

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About Port of Long Beach:

The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship. With 140 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports, the Port handles $180 billion in trade annually, supporting thousands of Southern California jobs.