March 18, 2014 - John Jamian graduates from CPE CERTIFIED PORT EXECUTIVE ™ PROGRAM.  The only program of its kind in North America is transforming the management and competitiveness of North American ports. 


John Jamian CPE Cetrificate

Executive Director John Jamian with professors from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.



John Jamian, Executive Director of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority (DWCPA), recently completed course work and received the designation of Certified Port Executive (CPE), which consist of a very select group of maritime professionals.


The only program of its kind in North America, the comprehensive CPE training is designed to offer senior port executives, terminal managers, government officials, and leaders of intermodal trade, global and maritime organizations the latest information and policy developments related to the operations of ports, vessels, marine terminals and logistics.


“In this time of ever changing economic conditions, it is important that we have all of the tools necessary to operate an efficient, profitable, safe and secure port system. We are proud of because it services our steel and automotive industries,” said Jamian.


Jamian was originally appointed Executive Director to the Port Authority in February of 1998 by the Board of Directors and returned to the post in 2011 after having served in Washington, D.C., as Deputy and later as Acting Administrator of the U.S. Maritime Administration within the United States Department of Transportation.


The DWCPA and Port Detroit consist of over 30 port constituent companies that utilize the Port of Detroit for their commercial trade.  In addition, it has become the heart of a revitalized recreational effort that is expanding tourism on the Great Lakes.  The DWCPA office also continues to support land based development with Port Security Grants and the US EPA Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund, for Brownfield site investigations work for commercial development in the region. Environmental stewardship always remains a concerted focus of the Port Authority.


“And with the resurgence of pleasure cruising on the Great Lakes, last year we hosted over 45 large vessel visits including 12 cruise ships. The revitalized Riverfront has special events like Detroit River Days, The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix ferry service and the Tall Sailing Ships, all with additional impact on tourism and the hospitality industry was significant, Jamian said.


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