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MACDONNELL places for people

MacDonnell is a firm of professionals who create exceptional places for people to live, learn, work and play. Specializing in Innovative Engineering, Management Consulting, Maritime Security Training and Risk Management. MacDonnell takes an interdisciplinary approach to projects, inspired by its belief that people are what matter.

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The only program of it's kind in North America is a making a difference in the management and competitiveness of North American ports. The CPE Certified Port Executive Program gives participants the tools and knowledge to make their organization more competitive.

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Whether it is research and development, the introduction of new design in civil engineering, Structural Health Monitoring, Corrosion Free Bridge Decks, or the design of bridges, ports and civil infrastructure, the expertise and services we have to offer come from our highly qualified people, our extensive list of successful projects, and an unparalleled commitment to our clients.  

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MacDonnell Security Risk Management provides a wide range of comprehensive Security Solutions to ensure you remain compliant with MTSR/DFSR Regulations. We combine extensive risk management knowledge and industry operational experience to assist you with identifying and managing your risks while maintaining efficiency.

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MacDonnell provides training and risk management solutions to meet the needs of our clients from coast to coast. Cost-effective and timely training programs which help you meet the objective of remaining abreast of regulatory changes, best practices in the industry, and changing technology and security requirements.

About MacDonnell Group Learning Programs

Vison... enhance the value of seaports and marine transportation to society
Mission... provide learning pathways for seaport and marine transportation management that strengthen the industry

MacDonnell has been providing training, engineering and management consulting services to its clients for over 50 years. The company offers the CPE Certified Port Executive Program™ which has developed an extensive alumni of senior managers from the seaport and terminal operations industry. MacDonnell offers MARAD and Transport Canada approved instructor-led and online training solutions for the more than 4 million port workers in North America. MacDonnell provides the PORTSTAR™ Seaport Security Training System to numerous United States ports, terminal operators and security organizations.

To support continuous professional development in the industry and improve practices through information exchange, MacDonnell hosts an annual series of conferences in North America. The next events are PORTCON Miami 2017, March 28-30 and PORTCON LA-Long Beach, November 19-21. The company has won numerous awards over the years including the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering.

CPE Certified Port Executive Program

The CPE CERTIFIED PORT EXECUTIVE™ PROGRAM is a five day management course designed to provide participants with a professional education opportunity related to the operation of ports, marine terminals, vessels and the broader transportation system.

Through this program, participants gain a comprehensive understanding of the marine transportation system, port and terminal management and maritime administration.
The program gives participants tools and knowledge to make their organization more effective, and has drawn the attention of a broad cross section of executives from all over North America. Over 500 participants representing more than 85 port authorities and 65 terminal operators have become part of the program.

The program website is Participants can attend any of the scheduled public classes and the benefits of in-company training are many, including cost and time efficiencies.

PORTSTAR Seaport Security Training Program

PORTSTAR is a comprehensive online seaport security training system that was developed as an affordable training for all workers who come on secure areas of US seaports and terminals. More than twenty thousand workers have become users on the program.

The program covers nine individual courses covering all regulated training requirements for employees and first responders in secure areas of seaports.

The PORTSTAR Overview Video is located at and the Training Manager Orientation Video is located at

PORTCON Conference and Expo

Originally established in 2006, this conference and expo has evolved into a bi-annual gathering of senior port management professionals from all facets of port, terminal and supply chain partner operations in America and around the globe.

PORTCON is a unique professional learning opportunity for the entire industry designed to help management professionals stay abreast of current and emerging topics and trends in the industry. Attendees learn from the speaker presentations and panels, from the solution providers in the expo, and by networking with their peers. The program awards participants 1.5 Continuing Education Units(CEUs).

PORTCON is also the annual meeting of the CPE Certified Port Executive Program This is a professional development program for port and terminal executives with a growing alumni of over 500 managers dedicated to building a strong future for America's intermodal transportation network.

To enroll in all Facility, Vessel and Ferry Security Training Classes
call (902) 425-3980
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MacDonnell Security Risk Management has a 50-year history of providing services to the port community and has delivered training and risk-management services to the maritime industry since 2003. With a history of developing new opportunities for management and technical professionals to learn in unique and innovative ways, MacDonnell is expanding its range of training options to deliver programs in a variety of flexible and cost-effective ways.

In July 2010, MacDonnell and the FSU staff who developed the PortStar security training system joined forces to offer the program nationally and internationally. With access to 480 online lessons, ports and first responder agencies can use the DHS-recommended blended learning approach, which combines online lessons with on-site trainers, increasing training capacity and quality while reducing costs.

The PortStar team

The PortStar team members combine their interdisciplinary skills around one objective: to guide and support organizations as they develop high performance workforces.

Business Development

Fred Wilder, USCG Ret., has more than 35 years of professional experience in government affairs, military operations, business development, and business-to-business sales. He as a strong background in the maritime community and strong sales experience.

Product Development

Judd Butler holds an MS in Educational Psychology and Learning Systems from Florida State University and has 14 years’ experience as an instructional designer and performance consultant working with the U.S. Army, navy, and Coast Guard.

Technology and Support

Steve Schultetus holds MS degrees in both Experimental Psychology and Computer Information Systems backed by 10 years’ professional experience with Web-based systems and technologies. Most recently, he led technology product development for a leading e-learning company.

Instruction and Support

Kristin Brown holds a BFA in graphic design from Florida Southern College and a BA in history from FSU and has experience in print and web design as well as mixed media. She also has several years’ experience as a management analyst with the Florida Department of Education.

Learn More About PortStar

portstar-logoMacDonnell Security Risk Management takes a leading role in the delivery of a massive training curriculum designed by Florida State University researchers to ensure the security of 350 commercial ports in the United States marketplace.



Latest PORTSTAR News

PortStar: New Approach to Port Training Lowers Cost and Improves Security

10/26/2010 2:06:31 PM

PortStar, the nation's only comprehensive seaport security curriculum with flexible delivery options and online training management is now available commercially. The PortStar system is available on an annual subscription basis through MacDonnell Security Risk Management in Tallahassee, FL.

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