The Pacific Current April 5, 2013

APP executive director Dave Hunt has accepted a new job.  Read details below.


Please take a few minutes to compete our Survey on port sustainability.


Check out the complete roster of outstanding speakers for our "Building Sustainable Ports" Seminar in Seattle on April 17 -- including Environmental Law Institute President John Cruden and new U.S. Federal Maritime Commission Chair Mario Cordero! 


Register by Monday to save $50!


And read on to discover more details about our exciting 100th Annual Conference in California in August, learn what's new with other APP members, meet our newest member, and check out two fun photos from APP's past!

Executive Director Gets New Job
Take our Sustainability Survey
Final Slate of Seminar Speakers
100th Annual Conference Preview
New Member: Transpac Marinas
Stockton Commission Changes
Redwood City's Paul Keckley Dies
Schrader Solves Camel Issue
David Evans Does Mobile Maps
Metro Ports Celebrates 90th
Time Capsule Pics: 1931 & 1996!
PORTS '13 Conference Coming
Upcoming APP Events
Contact Us

After eight years serving APP, Executive Director Dave Hunt has accepted a new job as Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition, an association of 150 defense and security industry businesses.


He has thoroughly enjoyed his partnership with APP officers, members, staff, and port leaders throughout the Pacific during these eight years.  (Dave also recently completed his fifth and final term in the Oregon House of Representatives, where he served as Speaker of the House.)


Although he will begin working part-time with PNDC immediately, Dave will also continue working part-time with APP during the next five months -- through our historic 100th Annual Conference in August.  This continued staff partnership with APP Deputy Director Lisa Pomasl and Operations Manager Brian Wright will ensure a smooth and successful transition.


Please contact Dave or APP President Dick Dodge with any questions or concerns about this transition. 

CLICK HERE to take our three-minute Sustainability Survey.

Answering these nine quick questions will help us tailor seminar presentations that best address your port's priorities and needs.  Help us and your fellow APP members understand your greatest opportunities and challenges associated with ecological and economic sustainability.
 Please click here to take the Survey.

sustainability.jpgRegister for APP's April 17th Seminar by MONDAY to save $50!


"Building Sustainable Ports" Seminar

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 @ 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

(followed by a Port of Seattle tour @ 3:00-4:00 PM)

Sea-Tac Int'l Airport in Seattle, Washington, USA 



Click here to Register for the Spring Seminar


(Register by MONDAY to qualify for the early registration discount, saving you $50!)  


How can your port become more economically and environmentally sustainable?  Discover ways to achieve the environmental progress that your constituents want while achieving the economic progress that your port requires.  Hear firsthand perspectives from key port leaders and industry experts, learn what's new in sustainability at other ports, and network with colleagues -- all in beautiful Seattle, Washington!   


This seminar begins with a continental breakfast at 8:45 am, the speakers begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and the program concludes at 3:00 p.m. -- right in the Sea-Tac Airport Conference Center -- so you can fly in and out of Seattle that same day.  You may also participate in our optional free tour of state-of-the-art sustainability in action at the Sea-Tac Airport immediately following the seminar and concluding at 4:00 p.m.



Three more examples of our outstanding confirmed Seminar speakers:



John Cruden, President, Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C.


John Cruden is President of the Environmental Law Institute, a nationally recognized non-profit that provides environmental law and policy research, education, and publications.  John served for over two decades as Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney General for Environment and Natural Resources, supervising all civil environmental enforcement and litigation involving federal agencies.  Previously, he was Chief of DOJ's Environmental Enforcement Section and the U.S. Army's Chief Legislative Counsel.  John is a Past President of the District of Columbia Bar, the second largest in the nation.  He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, University of Santa Clara, and University of Virginia.  He served in airborne, ranger, and Special Forces units in Germany and Vietnam before law school.



Chris Cannon, Environmental Management Director, Port of Los Angeles


Christopher Cannon is Director of Environmental Management for the Port of Los Angeles, California USA.  Chris has worked at the Port as a consultant since 2004, most recently helping manage implementation and daily operation of the highly successful Clean Truck Program.  Since 2010, he has been responsible for balancing commerce and growth with ecological sustainability at the nation's busiest container port.  Chris has 21 years of experience in the environmental services industry, working on a range of projects for ENVIRON International Corporation and TRC Environmental Solutions.  He also spent two years as a Congressional legislative assistant.  Chris received a bachelor's degree in international relations from Dartmouth College and a law degree from University of California at Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law.



Rick Cameron, Environmental Planning Director, Port of Long Beach  

Richard Cameron is Director of Environmental Planning for the Port of Long Beach, California USA.  Rick leads the Division most directly responsible for the Port's signature environmental program, the Green Port Policy, and the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan.  He joined the Port of Long Beach in 1996 as an Environmental Specialist, working in the areas of water quality, air quality, and California Environmental Quality Act  documentation before moving up to Manager of Environmental Planning.  During 2001-2005, Rick left to work in the private sector where he managed various environmental programs for public and private clients.  He has a bachelor's degree in urban and regional planning from California State Polytechnic University and is a resident of Redondo Beach, where he serves on that city's Harbor Commission.



In addition, we've already announced these other excellent confirmed Seminar speakers:

* Mario Cordero, new U.S. Federal Maritime Commission Chair & former Port of Long
Beach Commissioner

* Scott Lewis, CEO, Brightworks

* Scott Bergstrom, Senior Project Manager, Harris Group

* Kristin Decas, Executive Director, Port of Hueneme, California

* Chris Aldridge, CP (ASPRS), RRP, Geospatial Manager, David Evans and Associates.


Thanks very much to our Seminar sponsors: Port of Seattle and ALX Technology!
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APP 100thRegistration is now open for APP's exciting 100th Annual Conference at the magnificent Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay, hosted by the Port of Redwood City, California USA.  Our Conference theme is "Embarking on our Next 100 Years".

You and your companion will tour four very different ports in action, learn from expert speakers about timely port issues and trends, watch part of the America's Cup yacht races from the Port of San Francisco's new cruise ship terminal, dine at APP President Dick Dodge's beautiful hillside home, participate in a Dinner Gala celebrating APP's first century of partnership and service, and more!
Companions will also be treated to two special companion-only tours, including:
Filoli Mansion & Gardens:  Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn, whose fortune came from gold and water, built Filoli as their country estate in 1915-1917.  Filoli Mansion is one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century.  This remarkable 654-acre property, including the 36,000 square foot Georgian country house and spectacular 16-acre English Renaissance garden have served as the set for many Hollywood films.  Most famously, it is the mansion seen from the air in the long-running television series Dynasty!
Please save the date:
  August 4-7, 2013: APP 100th Annual Conference
Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay
Hosted by Port of Redwood City, California USA
Special thanks to our early Annual Conference Sponsors:

APP welcomes TRANSPAC MARINAS as our newest Associate Member!
TRANSPAC partners with clients to design and manufacture custom floating docks and wave attenuation systems.  They combine traditional nautical materials with extraordinarily rugged construction designed specifically for project requirements.  The company is focused on projects requiring exceptional performance in difficult wind and wave conditions, improved stability, unique loading and a strong aesthetic appeal.  They employ creative designers and project managers committed to producing innovative, cost-effective float system designs and completing projects, on-time and within budget. 

TRANSPAC is based in Anacortes, Washington USA.  They have designed and completed projects from the South Pacific to Alaska, and been awarded numerous U.S. Patents for unique designs of float components.
The company was founded in 1984 by David Rytand, who continues to serves as Chairman.  Dan Jankelson serves as President and Traci Stark is Business Manager.  Together the owners bring more than 60 years experience in the design and manufacture of nearly three million square feet of floating docks.

Long-time Port of Stockton Commissioner Ron Coale

(photo at right by Keith Michaud/CVBJ) has retired from the Port of Stockton, California USA Commission.  The Stockton native, Korean War veteran, transportation expert, and former City Council member has been a dedicated Port commissioner for the past 21 years.  Ron has also been an active participant in APP, including hosting part of our 2008 Annual Conference at his home.  


The Stockton City Council last month re-appointed Stephen Griffen (left) to a second term on the Port Commission. Stephen has worked as a longshoreman since 1977 and is the owner of Country Club Service, Bob's Lube & Oil House, and Country Club Smog.


The City Council also appointed Michael Duffy (lower right) to a first term on the Port Commission.  Raised in Stockton, he graduated from San Francisco State University and received a Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. He has been the President and CEO of Financial Center Credit Union since 1999.


Best wishes in retirement, Commissioner Coale! 


Congratulations, Commissioners Griffen and Duffy!

APP Life Member and former Port of Redwood City Commissioner Paul C. Keckley recently died.  Paul served on the Port Commission from 1975 to 1985.  He was 89.


Keckley served on the Redwood City Planning Commission during 1963-1966 and the City Council during 1966-1974, including time as Vice Mayor and Mayor.  His subsequent 10 years on the Port Commission included two years as chairman.  By profession, he and a partner ran the physical therapy department at Sequoia Hospital from 1950 to 2000.


In addition to his public service, Paul may be best remembered for his role as a University of California student in winning the Cal vs. Stanford big game in 1947.  With a shoulder separation and three minutes left in the game, Jackie Jensen (who went on to play baseball with the Boston Red Sox) threw a short pass to Paul and he ran 85 yards for the winning touchdown.  He also played in the Rose Bowl in 1949.


Paul is survived by his wife Peggy and their four children: Kris, Kim, Mary and Todd.

Schrader Co. Sales was recently asked to replace the corroded, high maintenance steel camels used by Cruise Terminals of America and the Port of Seattle.  Camels are required to provide extra stand-off, safe berthing, and mooring at this location.


CTA and the Port sought a lightweight, low maintenance, and cost effective solution that could withstand high wind and wave loads yet also be light weight and low maintenance to allow easy removal and storage during the off season.


Solution:  Two composite camels designed and manufactured by Harbor Technologies and supplied through Schrader Co. Sales with a unique dock plate system to allow seawater to serve as ballast yet freely drain from the camels when not in use. 


Click here for more information about Schrader Co. Sales.


David Evans and Associates, Inc. recognizes that their private and public agency clients need accurate positional information for infrastructure and basic public assets as well as the need for assessing the condition of these assets.  DEA uses cutting-edge technology to provide our Asset and Infrastructure Mobile Mapping service, providing field to finish, cost effective, accurate feature collection of these assets. 


This System uses the base science and principles of photogrammetry to extract precise geospatial information from imagery gathered by a moving vehicle.  Features can be collected directly into Microstation, AutoCAD, or incorporated into GIS databases.  The 360-degree, 3-D imagery acquired for each project enables the clientto perform visual condition assessments from their own desktops.


Click here for more information about David Evans and Associates.


Metropolitan Stevedore Co., established in 1923 in Southern California and with business roots dating back to the 1850s Gold Rush era through its original San Francisco parent corporation, California Stevedore and Ballast Co., is celebrating its 90th anniversary.


Metro Ports is a contract stevedoring and marine terminal operator specializing in dry and wet bulk materials, breakbulk cargoes, forest products, wind energy, and various other marine cargoes.  In 2008, "Metro Ports" became the brand for the key operating companies of Nautilus International Holding Corp. including Metropolitan Stevedore Co., Southeast Crescent Shipping Co., Southeast Maritime Services LLC, and Cape Fear Bulk LLC.  In 2011, Suderman Contracting Stevedores, Inc. was acquired and rebranded at Metro Ports as well. 


Chairman, President & CEO James Callahan noted that "The company has grown from its humble beginnings as a general stevedore, handling bulk and breakbulk cargoes, to a nationally recognized expert not only with these cargoes, but also in Ro/Ro, military, heavy lift/project, containerized shipments, warehousing, and terminal activities.  Our longevity is a testament to the fact that we are a service company with a strong commitment to our customers to use the best technology and management available. Innovation, adaptation, efficiency and execution have been the hallmarks of Metro Ports during its lengthy history, and those principles will guide us in the challenges and opportunities arising in the 21st century,"  he said.


For more information, please visit www.metroports.comHappy 90th Anniversary, Metro Ports!

As we celebrate APP's 100th Anniversary year, we continue to share historic photos with you.  Last month's historic photo was from Hawaii in 1965.  These photos jumps back to 1931 -- and forward to 1996, both taken in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 


First, the APP (then known as the Association of Pacific and Far East Ports) 18th Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC in 1931.  These Conference delegates selected Seattle as the 1932 annual conference city, "discussed the major shipping problems of the Pacific Coast, including a central wharf for lumber," and "went on record in favor of an international conference on the stability of silver"!





Second, from APP's 83rd Annual Conference in 1996 -- also in Vancouver, BC. 


Three future APP Presidents are conferring: Walt Barham (Port of Longview, Washington), Susan Lew (Port of San Diego, California), and Bill Clark (Port of Pasco, Washington.)




APP is co-sponsoring the PORTS '13 Conference organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers' Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute (COPRI) on August 25-29, 2013 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle, Washington USA.   


All APP members will receive the discounted ASCE/COPRI Member rate for this conference.


The theme of PORTS '13 is Success through Diversification.  This conference will cover a wide variety of topics related to port and harbor engineering.  Technical sessions will include topics on port and terminal planning, design and operation; equipment and systems; landside connectors; security; navigation and waterways; marinas; and environmental considerations.


Click here for more information or to register for the PORTS '13 conference.



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Please save these dates and plan to attend these upcoming APP conferences and seminars:  
APP Spring Fly-in Fly-out Seminar 
"Building Sustainable Ports"
Seattle/Tacoma International Airport (SEA)


AUGUST 4-7, 2013
APP 100th Annual Conference
Hosted by Port of Redwood City        
Sofitel San Francisco Bay Hotel
OCTOBER 25, 2013
APP Fall Fly-in Fly-out Seminar
Portland International Airport (PDX)
Portland, OREGON USAHawaiiDOT
JANUARY 16-17, 2014
APP Winter Conference
Hosted by Hawaii Harbors Division
JULY 20-23, 2014
APP 101st Annual Conference
Hosted by Port of Longview


Kaohsiung Logo JULY 2015
APP 102nd Annual Conference
Hosted by Port of Kaohsiung, TIPC
Kaohsiung, TAIWAN
JULY 2016
APP 103rd Annual Conference
Hosted by Port of Hueneme


Your 2012-13 Association of Pacific Ports Officers:

  • Richard "Dick" Dodge, President - Port of Redwood City, California USA
  • Bob Bagaason, First Vice President - Port of Longview, Washington USA
  • Tai-Hsin Lee, Second Vice President - Taiwan International Ports Corp., Taiwan
  • Mary Anne Rooney - Third Vice President - Port of Hueneme, California USA
  • James Matayoshi, Past President - Republic of Marshall Islands Ports Authority, RMI

 Regional Representatives:

  • John Adolph - Pohnpei Port Authority, Federated States of Micronesia
  • Elizabeth Blanchard - Port of Stockton, California, USA
  • Thomas Fields - Port of Long Beach, California, USA
  • Kuo-Ying Huang - Port of Kaohsiung TIPC, Taiwan
  • Robert Larson - Port of Benton, Washington, USA
  • Kim B. Puzey - Port of Umatilla, Oregon USA

At-Large Representative:

  • Mike Giari - Port of Redwood City, California USA

 APP 100th

Please feel free to contact your APP staff with any questions, concerns, or requests:

Dave Hunt, Executive Director:

Lisa Pomasl, Deputy Director: 


Brian Wright, Operations Manager:


Telephone: 503.653.5868

Fax: 503.654.8259