Ports America
Who We Are

Who We Are

Ports America provides creative and innovative infrastructure solutions for ports, cargo carriers, and cargo owners. As an organization, we are driven by three overarching principles that define who we are and guide our actions as we navigate challenges, pursue opportunities, and drive sustained success.

  • High Performance, which we define as a commitment to safety.
  • Integrity, in exhibiting the highest ethical standards.
  • Partnership, in fostering connections and acting as one team.

We are a premier diversified ports and logistics solutions provider, powered by our people, delivering innovative all-in solutions in a safe and sustainable environment.

At Ports America, we’re committed to excellence in health and safety throughout our operations, from our employees and environment to our damage-free cargo operations.

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SAFETY is our top priority, as we are unwavering in our commitment to achieving zero harm.

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We conduct ourselves with INTEGRITY, adhering to the highest ethical and moral principles in all aspects of our work.

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To PURSUE EXCELLENCE is at the core of our mindset, as we strive to be the best in everything we do.

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We believe in CREATING HAPPINESS by fostering a positive and passionate environment that brings joy to our employees, customers, and communities.

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We recognize the power of CONNECTIONS, and we actively bring people and information together to drive collaboration, innovation, and growth.

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We operate as ONE TEAM, engaging not only with our colleagues but also with our families, communities, and customers, working together to achieve common goals and make a positive impact.


Growth and efficiency in shipping depends upon the ability to adapt. Finding ways to evolve is at the heart of everything we do at Ports America. We continually invest in innovation and specialized equipment and infrastructure. And we collaborate with customers to rethink how cargo is handled and how the industry can prepare for the ever-changing and demanding transportation environment.


Ports America is the leading container terminal operator in the United States, handling approximately 19.2 million TEU annually. Ports America, through its legacy companies, has been an innovator and pacesetter in the containerized marine transportation landscape.

Our commitment to remaining the leader in this area means that we invest in the resources, innovation and technology to provide maximum value to our customers.

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Auto / RoRo

Ports America is committed to moving our customer’s cargo safely, efficiently, and damage free. We’ve received numerous quality awards due to low damage frequency and innovative processes that reduce risk and improve productivity. Our management team partners regularly with labor, Port Authorities, customers and manufacturers to develop useful solutions to ongoing challenges. Our focus is consistent—continuously improve safety, efficiency, and quality.

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Breakbulk / Bulk

Very few terminal operators can handle non-container cargo with equal parts efficiency and expertise. Fewer still can deliver that efficiency and expertise day in and day out. At Ports America we offer the specialized experience in just these kinds of jobs, from the heaviest lifts to the most delicate cargo. We constantly investigate advanced cargo production and handling techniques that improve operations beyond the traditional methods of the past, including creating custom equipment, delivering on-dock CFS services and reducing cycle time.

With breakbulk, location is everything, and Ports America is everywhere you need to be. Our operations span all three US coasts, each adjacent to major highways and railways, with expansive options for covered and open storage.

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The world’s most prestigious cruise lines rely on Ports America for our cruise terminal management and stevedoring services. Our experience and infrastructure investment allows us to be prepared for the cruise industry’s explosive growth. Our cruise terminals are poised to handle increased sailings, higher passenger volumes and the ever-evolving size of cruise ships.

The quality of service throughout our cruise operations network is unmatched. Our commitment is on ensuring a high level of customer satisfaction and experience. And we hold an on-time sailings record of 100 percent.

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Auto Processing

Our two, integrated auto processing operations are strategically located adjacent to major commerce gateways in New Jersey and Georgia, giving auto importers the advantage of reaching markets quicker and more cost effectively. Our services include pre-delivery inspections, accessorization, body work and refinishing, restoration, modification, global certification and fleet reconditioning.

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Public-Private Partnership

Ports America is a leader in generating Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in the U.S. seaport industry. Ports America has successfully created three PPP’s, merging private capital alongside commercial terminal operating expertise in partnership with public port authorities or local municipalities:

Ports America has accomplished this while recognizing the importance of working closely with Port Authorities to address unique labor, governance, financing and other elements of each port system.

Ports America represents the optimum PPP Partner

    Provides best-in-class terminal management and a full range of stevedoring, labor services, and management, as well as successful health and safety programs.

    Possesses diversified cargo handling abilities

    Offers total development solutions that include greenfield terminals, existing asset enhancement including design, construction management, equipment procurements, bid tendering, cost engineering and on-going operations

    Employs top-rate personnel in IT, billing, accounts receivable, order processing, cargo manifest documentation, terminal management, process excellence

    Places the highest importance on terminal safety

    Provides proven performance capabilities and capex financing expertise

    Holds years of experience in the privatization of publicly owned terminals

    Successfully captures grant funding available for a variety of applications, and can coordinate with the Port Authority to win grants

A Company with a Long History
Our Leadership
Matt LeechMatt LeechPresident and Chief Executive Officer
Matt HoagMatt HoagChief Operations Officer
Rob KusicielRob KusicielChief Commercial Officer
Joyce LawrenceJoyce LawrenceChief Human Resource Officer
Tim PuyleartTim PuyleartSenior Vice President Health Safety & Sustainability
Fred CastonguayFred CastonguaySenior Vice President South Atlantic
Jim PeliccioJim PeliccioSenior Vice President North Atlantic
Katherine BennettKatherine BennettSenior Vice President General Counsel