The AAHPA is dedicated to supporting training and advancement opportunities for ports and harbor staff across Alaska. Read more about opportunities for training:

Career Training For Ports and Marinas

Marine Firefighting Symposium

International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE)

Career Training For Ports and Marinas

The Career Training for Ports and Marinas program provides an opportunity for those working in coastal facilities to advance their knowledge and skills. Whether you are newly employed working on the docks or have management experience in the field, these courses enhance the skills required to be successful in a number of port, harbor and marina occupations.

The online courses are available for you to take in your own community, studying at your own convenience based on your availability.

This program was developed in partnership with the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus, Pacific Coast Congress of Harbormasters and Port Managers (PCC), Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators, Harbour Authority Association of British Columbia, Washington Sea Grant, and the California Association of Harbormasters and Port Captains (CAHMPC).

International Association of Maritime & Port Executives

In 2017, AAHPA entered into a formal partnership with the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE). We're excited to offer our members a 10% discount on IAMPE courses, as well as a full tuition scholarship to one member attending an IAMPE course each year.

We will post updates on courses offered in Alaska, as well as other news from IAMPE as it relates to Alaska's ports and harbors. Check out the IAMPE website, and contact us for more information on member discounts!

Tuition Waiver
If you're interested in applying for a tuition waiver, please fill out this brief form. The AAHPA can select one member per year to receive a full tuition waiver to an IAMPE course. Our 2017 deadline to apply is April 30, and the selection will be announced May 1.


May 23-24, 2017: IAMPE Port Executive Continuing Education Program AGENDA

Marine Firefighting Symposium

The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council hosts Marine Firefighting Symposium for Land-Based Firefighters every two years. The last symposium was held in Homer on May 12-14, 2017, co-hosted by their sister organization, the Cook Inlet Regional Citizen’s Advisory Council.

This three-day conference is an industry recognized effort to provide the best available marine firefighting information and practices to shore-based firefighters, using both classroom and field experiences.

Topics covered include:

  • interpretation of ship fire plans
  • firefighter coordination with ship’s crew
  • basics of vessel stability
  • ship awareness
  • vessel familiarization
  • coordination of private and public responses
  • politics of a marine incident
  • an update on implementation of Coast Guard salvage and marine firefighting regulations
  • and an introduction to oil shipping.

Numerous hands-on and field activities allow community firefighters to work with marine industry salvage and firefighting contractors.

For more information on upcoming Marine Firefighting Symposiums offered through the PWSRCAC, and information from their previous symposiums, please visit their website.

To serve and promote Alaska's ports and harbors. 
Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.

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