Contributed by: Don WinnerTampa Bay Business Journal - Marine shipping executives will descend on Tampa in January for the American Association of Port Authorities’ Shifting International Trade Routes workshop. Alberto Aleman Zubieta, chief executive officer of the Panama Canal Authority, will be the featured speaker. He will provide an update to the Panama Canal expansion and discuss the impact of the expansion to global trading partners. The $5.25 billion expansion of the Panama Canal is due for completion in 2014. The Tampa Port Authority and the Maritime Administration will co-host the workshop. Included in the discussions will be changing global trade patterns, impacts of improving “all water” shipping routes, anticipated waterside and marine terminal development needs, increased road and rail capacity requirements, and infrastructure financing challenges in the coming decade. “Expanding this crucial trans-ocean shipping lane [Panama Canal] to accommodate more and larger vessels will certainly change the status quo, resulting in increased trade opportunities for seaports in the Western Hemisphere, while making it necessary to make major investments in water- and land-side transportation infrastructure,” said Jean Godwin, AAPA’s executive vice president, in a release. The conference will be held Jan. 15-16, 2009, at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. Founded in 1912, AAPA today represents public port authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean as well as sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with an interest in the seaports of the Western Hemisphere.