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Director of L.A. port to address MMA graduates on May 2


CASTINE, Maine — Dr. Geraldine Knatz, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, will address the graduating class at Maine Maritime Academy’s 66th commencement on May 2.

Knatz will receive an honorary doctorate from the college.

“We are pleased to honor the career accomplishments of Dr. Knatz,” said MMA President Leonard Tyler. “She is noted for her fearless undertaking of challenging subjects. She has taken an admirable green growth approach to further development at the Port of Los Angeles. Her work to integrate the ocean and biological sciences, environmental awareness and engineering to better the international shipping industry serves as a tremendous example of leadership and innovation to our graduates. Her expertise and success in these areas touch every major area of study offered at Maine Maritime Academy.”

Tyler also noted that Knatz’s appointment as the first woman executive director of the Port of Los Angeles is an accomplishment in keeping with the college’s continuing commitment to enhancing aspirations for women in math- and science-based careers.

“She is a tremendous role model for our entire student body,” Tyler added.

In her position, Knatz oversees more than 850 employees and total operating revenue of more than $417 million. The largest volume container port in America since 2000, the port moves nearly 190 million metric revenue tons of cargo annually. Last year, the port moved 8.5 million TEU, or Twenty-foot Equivalent Units, establishing a new national container record.

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