Alaska Association of Harbormasters
and Port Administrators 

Nominations are open for 2017!

Do you know a Harbormaster or Port Director who would be a good candidate for our 2017 Harbormaster of the Year award? 

Candidates that have demonstrated superior performance in harbor or port management, innovative methods to improve harbor users, creative methods of reducing operating costs, service and support to the AAHPA, or other actions that have produced marked benefits for port and harbor users would be ideal candidates for nomination.

Nominations are open until September 1, 2017. Nominators will be kept anonymous.

You are welcome to submit a nomination either by emailing or sending a letter identifying noteworthy achievements to info@alaskaharbors.org (or 602 Shellfish Ave, Homer, AK 99603). You can also submit a nomination using this form on our website

We also encourage you to choose an Employee of the Year for your port or harbor and submit a letter or email identifying noteworthy achievements of that employee. 

2016 Harbormaster of the Year

Ketchikan Port & Harbors Director Steve Corporon is honored as the 2016 Harbormaster of the Year by the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators.   Nominated by the City of Ketchikan for exemplary service as a highly valued upper level management leader and for being tireless in the pursuit of infrastructure improvement, Steve has been instrumental in securing funding for many port & harbors projects.  Skillfully executing multi-million dollar Port of Ketchikan projects in an efficient and effective manner, he adeptly led emergency repairs to a cruise ship dock which was significantly damaged in a mishap. Steve expertly contracted the engineering and construction efforts to reopen the facilities within 30 days of the incident.  His dedication to the City of Ketchikan and its citizens was clearly demonstrated as Steve served, in addition to his Port & Harbors responsibilities, as the acting Public Works Director for over one year.  While serving as Public Works Director, he oversaw one of the largest city infrastructure projects ever constructed with the Peace Health Ketchikan Medical Center Addition and Alterations Project.  Steve has participated on the AAHPA Board since 2007 and served as President from 2009 through 2013.   He advocated for and spearheaded the establishment of AAHPA scholarships for graduating high school senior pursuing marine-related vocations.  A consummate professional, Steve strives to provide quality services to the public and has mentored numerous harbormasters throughout the State.   It is with great pleasure that the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators recognize Steve as the 2016 Harbormaster of the Year.

2016 Employee of the Year

Ms. Ashley Bruce is hereby named the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators employee of the year 2016 for the City & Borough of Juneau.    Ashley distinguished herself by providing customer service that is as “second to none”.   Her duties as an Administrative Assistant have morphed into the moorage coordinator at the Intermediate Vessel Float. Managing this highly desired location for pocket cruise ships, high end yachts and commercial fishing vessels proves to be a very dynamic task, requiring the coordination of over 200 reservations.  In 2016, the Port of Juneau developed an additional 400 feet of moorage for utilization, with no plan on how to effectively utilize the moorage, Ashley took the initiative to develop concepts to manage the moorage as overflow and commercial fishing vessel moorage.   Showing accomplished organizational ability, she tracks of an ever-changing list of vessels calling on our facilities and consistently manages to meet their needs even though the challenges sometimes appear to be insurmountable.  With a significant turnover to the 2016 Port crew, Ashley’s experience and expertise have been invaluable in ensuring the continued smooth day to day operations of the facility. Ashley continually goes above and beyond what is expected of her as and can often times be found doing jobs often carried out by Harbor Officers and Harbor Technicians.   Her positive attitude and outlook demonstrate professionalism on a daily basis.  It is with great pleasure we recognize Ms. Ashley Bruce as a valuable member of the Juneau Docks & Harbors Department and is genuinely deserving of being recognized by AAHPA members Employee of the Year.

Senior Assistant Harbormaster Daniel Berg is hereby named the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators employee of the year for Ketchikan for 2016.  Mr. Berg completed extensive research of sanitation and live aboard regulations at other harbors in Alaska which helped him draft language for proposed changes to the Harbor code that were eventually approved by both the Port and Harbors Advisory Board and the City Council.  He also effectively worked with Harbor customers to explain the new regulations and advise them on their options. He was actively involved with the contractors, subcontractors and the engineers on both the Thomas Basin Harbor promenade and ramp replacement project and the Hole In The Wall Harbor reconstruction project.  He was extremely proactive in testing all of the vessels in Thomas Basin for ground faults and other electrical issues and was able to advise boat owners on issues they would have to address prior to installation of the new GFI breakers. In addition to his normal duties he also performed admirably as the acting Port and Harbors Director during several extended periods.  Mr. Berg has truly established himself as a respected leader and valuable member of the department and is genuinely deserving of being recognized by AAHPA members as Ketchikan Port & Harbors Employee of the Year for 2016.

See past recipients of Employee of the Year awards

Certificate of Appreciation

Ruth Carter, P.E., Alaska State Coastal Engineer - Retired
In recognition of outstanding engineering and public service, the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators recognize Ms. Ruth Carter for her extraordinary 30 year career with the Alaska Department of Transportation in support of Alaska’s coastal communities and their ports and harbors. Working on projects in the most inhospitable and challenging physical environments in the country, including places like Kotzebue and the Pribolof Islands, Ruth discharged her responsibilities with great aptitude and professionalism.  In additional to being the Alaska subject matter expert on revetments, breakwaters and traditional coastal processes, she recognized the high costs associated with shore protection and researched alternatives to reduce operating costs such as the use of vegetated berms.  Ruth found innovative and fiscally smart alternatives which enabled Shaktoolik to remain at its geographic location thus saving over $200 million in state and local funding.  Ruth’s contributions to coastal engineering have been recognized internationally through involvement with the American Society of Civil Engineers and she was nominated as an Exceptional Individual in Governor’s Denali Peak Performance Award. AAHPA is extremely appreciative of the support the association received and for the mentorship which Ruth provided to numerous harbormasters over the decades. Presented to Ruth Carter on behalf of the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators in Unalaska, Alaska.

Harvey Smith, P.E., Alaska State Coastal Engineer - Retired
In recognition of outstanding engineering and public service, the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators recognize Harvey Smith’s illustrious and exceptional 33 year career with the Alaska Department of Transportation in support of Alaska’s coastal communities and their ports and harbors.  As the Statewide Coastal Engineer, he literally wrote the book - Alaska Coastal and Harbor Design Procedures Manual, which influenced how Alaskan harbors were developed and the guidance used by state and federal agencies, including numerous engineering consultants. From beaches to breakwaters and from Southeast to the Arctic, Mr. Smith’s fingerprints align the 33,000 miles of Alaska coastline. Harvey’s competence extends well beyond the 49th State and is highly regarded by Coastal Engineering professionals throughout the nation. Selected as the ASCE Anchorage Branch Engineer-of-the-Year in 2010, he also inspires the next generation of coastal engineers as an adjunct professor at UAA.  We thank Harvey, as a friend and colleague, for extending a welcoming hand to many a newcomer among the harbormaster ranks and for his enthusiasm and passion for the profession.   Presented to Harvey Smith on behalf of the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators in Unalaska, Alaska.


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