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AAPA honors Coast Guard’s Allen

AAPA honors Coast GuardÆs Allen

   U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen has been named 'port person of the year' by the American Association of Port Authorities.

   Allen will receive the award next week during the association's annual spring meeting in Washington.

   The ports group said Allen was selected for the award because of his efforts to make the marine transportation system safe and efficient.

   'Adm. Allen recognizes that response, recovery, resumption of trade and resiliency are perhaps more important than prevention,” said AAPA Chairman Mike Leone. “He has spearheaded programs and initiatives that support this concept, including the development of a Marine Transportation System recovery plan and a communications plan for recovery in cooperation with Customs and Border Protection.”

   Leone, director of the Massachusetts Port Authority, nominated Allen for the award.

   Allen's four-year term as commandant ends in May.

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