The Pacific Current May 6, 2013

Check out the new details on the America's Cup yacht races, which we'll view up close at our exciting 100th Annual Conference in California in August!  

Read on for photos and PowerPoint presentations from our recent "Building Sustainable Ports" Seminar in Seattle and learn what's new with other APP members.  


Successful Sustainability Seminar
New Annual Conference Details
Portland Ash Terminal Upgraded
New San Diego Commissioners
Moffatt & Nichol Wins Award
Upcoming APP Events
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APP's Fly-in, Fly-out Seminar on "Building Sustainable Ports" on April 17th at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport received very positive reviews for providing valuable information to help ports become more economically and environmentally sustainable.
Attendees also had the opportunity to tour the Sea-Tac Airport's sustainable features immediately after the Seminar.  The tour included a view from the tarmac to see the airport's cutting-edge green ideas in action.

Click here to see Seminar Photographs!


Click here to view the PowerPoint Presentations! 



We thank these port and industry leaders for speaking at the Seminar and sharing their valuable experience:

  • Chris Aldridge, Geospatial Manager, David Evans and Associates 
  • Scott Bergstrom, Senior Project Manager, Harris Group
  • Rick Cameron, Director of Environmental Planning, Port of Long Beach, California
  • Chris Cannon, Director of Environmental Management, Port of Los Angeles, California 
  • Mario Cordero, Chairman, U.S. Federal Maritime Commission 
  • John Cruden, President, Environmental Law Institute, Washington D.C.
  • Kristin Decas, CEO & Port Director, Port of Hueneme, California 
  • Scott Lewis, CEO, Brightworks 
  • Tay Yoshitani, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Seattle, Washington 
Thanks very much to our Seminar sponsors: Port of Seattle and ALX Technology! ALX Technology LogoPortofSeattle                              

APP 100th

Registration is open for APP's historic
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".

   Calif Bay Port Map

You and your companion will enjoy the unique opportunity to tour four very different ports in action: Port of Redwood City, Port of San Francisco, Port of Richmond, and Port of Oakland.

You'll 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, visit South Beach Yacht Club, 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!

Our visit to the 34th America's Cup yacht races will include a stop at the incredible new America's Cup Village, a state-of-the-art facility that will provide an up-close perspective of the world's fastest sailboats in action.  Teams will glide across San Francisco Bay in wingsail catamarans 72 feet in length.  Their masts reach more than 130 feet.  Sailed by 11-member crews, they're capable of speeds exceeding 40 knots (nearly 50 mph)!

Companions will be treated to two special companion-only activities, including tours of the amazing Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards and historic Filoli, a country house set in 16 acres of formal gardens surrounded by 654 acres.
August 4-7, 2013
APP 100th Annual Conference 
Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay
Special thanks to our early Annual Conference Sponsors:

With installation of a new ship loader, removal of an outmoded structure and dredging alongside the docks, Kinder Morgan's soda ash export facility at the Port of Portland, Oregon USA's Terminal 4 will boost efficiency and set the stage for growth. The work is slated to be complete in September.

 ship loader portion of the conveyor system is being replaced by a state of the art, high capacity loader that will increase productivity and overall efficiency.  


Soda ash is used in the manufacture of glass and detergents, and it is exported from Wyoming through Portland to countries around the world.  Kinder Morgan has managed soda ash export operations at Terminal 4 since 1998 - and the mineral bulk facility was originally constructed in 1987.  When negotiating a 10-year lease extension effective January 1, 2013, Kinder Morgan committed to purchase and install the new ship loader at Terminal 4.  This private investment is estimated to total $9.5 million.


This project follows the recent completion of road and rail projects in Rivergate Industrial District, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars in private investment at port facilities up and down the Columbia/Willamette river system.  The Port of Portland recently announced plans by tenants to expand facilities at the Auto Warehousing Company facility at Terminal 6 and the Columbia Grain facility at Terminal 5.


The Port of San Diego, California USA recently welcomed two new commissioners: Rafael Castellanos and Marshall Merrifield took the oath of office on April 15, 2013. 

"I am pleased to welcome these two community leaders to the Board of Port Commissioners, where they will provide valuable expertise and perspective as we continue to pursue integrated planning for public access, commerce, development and other activities taking place along our waterfront," said Chair Ann Moore of the Board of Port Commissioners.

Commissioner Marshall Merrifield has extensive business experience and is currently the President/CEO and majority shareholder for Bluewave Security, which manufactures high-tech equipment for video and door-access surveillance. He previously was President/CEO for security company General Lock and Clark Security Products and his past business affiliations have ranged from animation to investment banking.  Merrifield holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Princeton University. 

Commissioner Rafael Castellanos is a partner with the law firm Solomon Minton Cardinal Doyle & Smith LLP, where he specializes in commercial real estate and business transactional law.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School.  Castellanos is a member of the California State Bar Association, the San Diego County Bar Association, and the Mexican American Business and Professional Association. 


Congratulations, Commissioners Castellanos and Merrifield!

TEAM Ports & Maritime, a leader in the design, manufacture and installation of sophisticated Passenger Boarding Bridges (PBBs)for cruise and ferry terminals, has successfully completed the assembly, implementation, and loading of its first three mega boarding bridges, which are already on their way to the new Kai Tak terminal in Hong Kong.

These five-tunnel HYDRA PBB's contracted by the Hong Kong government, each weighing 170 tonnes, are the most modern and spectacular boarding bridges ever manufactured.  They were loaded, fully assembled, on board a heavy lifter 168m in length, making them the largest ever units to be transported in this way.
As we celebrate APP's 100th Anniversary year, we continue to share historic photos with you. 

Our last few historic photos were from 1965, 1931, 1996, 1993, and 2006. 

The photo at right features ribbons from the 23rd (1936) and 26th (1939) Annual Conferences held in Seattle, Washington and Oakland, California, respectively.

And the photo at left was taken at the APP (then the Pacific Coast Association of Port Authorities) 87th Annual Conference in North Fraser, British Columbia, Canada in August 2000.  APP/PCAPA Executive Director Don White is seen speaking at the podium.



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Please save these dates and plan to attend these upcoming APP conferences and seminars:  


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