Diaz gets port certification

Published 8:00 pm Monday, November 12, 2018

Pablo Diaz has received professional certification as an Inland Marine Port Executive.

Diaz, the president and CEO of the Vicksburg Warren Economic Development Partnership, completed a minimum of 36 hours of coursework to obtain IMPE certification. He received training on international transportation systems, worldwide port trends, inland water systems, port governance and administration, marine terminal operations, safety, security and emergency planning.

This IMPE certification is issued by the International Association of Maritime and Port Professionals, in partnership with the Loeb-Sullivan Graduate School of International Business and Logistics at Maine Maritime Academy.

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“The IAMPE welcomes this opportunity to work with the professionals at the port and the outstanding port staff in Vicksburg,” said Capt. Jeff Monroe, MM, AMPE, director of Educational Programs and Standards for the Association, in a press release. “We congratulate Pablo on achieving the professional certification of Inland Marine Port Executive, Class of 2018.”

Margaret Gilmer, chairwoman of the Warren County Port Commission, said the commission “is excited to see Pablo earn this important certification, especially in light of the many challenges inland ports face in this day and time.”

Gilmer congratulated Diaz on the accomplishment.

“We are confident that the knowledge he acquired will benefit the Port of Vicksburg and our community,” Gilmer said.

Diaz said the teams at the Economic Development Partnership and the Port Commission are dedicated to continuous improvement and excellence.

“We can only provide higher value to our institutions if we continually educate ourselves about the changes and trends going on in the industry and market,” Diaz said. “This certification comes at an important time as we plan to continue to improve the port’s operations, its master planning, and the design and execution of long term goals and plans.”