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Port Everglades' new director is Joseph Morris from Massport

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Broward County Administrator Monica Cepero called Joseph Morris 'a visionary who brings vast international experience'
Massachusetts Port Authority Port Director Joseph Morris will be taking the helm at Port Everglades in mid-July.

Morris was confirmed by the Broward County Commission following a national search. He succeeds Jonathan Daniels, who took the top job at the Port of Baltimore in February.

Morris has been with Massport four years, the first two as deputy port director of operations.

Visionary and exceptional leader

'Joe is a visionary who brings vast international experience and understands the vital economic role that a seaport plays in a community,' Broward County Administrator Monica Cepero said. 'Joe has proven to be an exceptional leader throughout his private sector and public service career in the port industry, with more than 25 years of diverse experience in seaport, transportation, government and business management.'

'The County and Port Everglades have an unparalleled reputation for cultivating an inclusive economic environment where everyone has the opportunity to succeed, and I'm looking forward to joining the staff and its community partners in advancing the port's position locally, regionally and globally,' Morris said.

Massport duties

At Massport he has been responsible for managing cargo and cruise operations, multiple real estate properties, five public parks and public access properties. He steers business development efforts, including the first new shipping line to call Boston home in more than seven years, and develops capital investment plans.

Morris also oversees 51 staff in the Massport Police Department, responsible for port facility security at terminals (cruise, container) as well as in the public domain (parks and areas of South Boston).

APM Terminals

Earlier, over 13 years with APM Terminals, he worked with government authorities in countries including Costa Rica, the Netherlands, Denmark and Great Britain, and led teams responsible for planning vessel, rail, gate and yard operations for the largest container terminal in the US.