The Pacific Current July 9, 2013

Your $100 Early Registration discount for our 100th Annual Conference on San Francisco Bay ends on Wednesday, July 10.


Click here to register now!

Our discounted hotel room block also ends on Wednesday, so book your room at the Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay as soon as possible.

Learn below about newly-confirmed speakers and other details about our exciting 100th Annual Conference.  Read about additional Annual Conference speakers, sponsors, and social activities.


And read on for the latest news about individual Pacific Ports!
Annual Conference Discount Ends Wednesday
Sponsor 100th Anniversary Commemorative Book
New Member: Port of Anchorage
New Member: T.Y. Lin Int'l
Pasco Names New Director
Kaohsiung Approved for Metal
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APP 100th  

APP's 100th Annual Conference
August 4-7, 2013 
Hosted by Port of Redwood City
Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay
California USA

"Embarking on our Next 100 Years"

Early registration ends this Wednesday, July 10th for APP's 100th Annual Conference hosted by the Port of Redwood City at the magnificent Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay on August 4-7, 2013.  Our discounted hotel room block also expires on Wednesday, so be sure to book your room now to guarantee your spot at this historic event!
At the Annual Conference, you and your companion will enjoy the unique opportunity to tour four very different ports in action: a land tour of the Port of Redwood City and a special cruise tour of the Port of Oakland, Port of Richmond, and Port of San Francisco on board the Chardonnay yacht

You'll learn from expert speakers about timely port issues and trends, watch part of the America's Cup challenger yacht races, 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!  Companions will also be treated to two special companion-only activities: tours of the amazing Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards and of the historic Filoli country house set in 16 acres of formal gardens surrounded by 654 acres.  

Here are three more outstanding examples of our 100th Annual Conference confirmed speakers:  

Dr. David Green, Professor of Global Economics, Hult International School of Business

Dr. Green is an American economist who lived in Asia since the mid-1980s. He graduated from the California Institute of Technology and earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University.  He has served as an economist on the U.S. Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. and as a tenured professor of economics at Hosei University in Tokyo.  For most of the last two decades he worked at the Asian Development Bank, drafting country strategies and conducting economic research.   He was instrumental in ADB's regional cooperation efforts: initiating the Central Asian Regional Economic Cooperation program and coordinating the Greater Mekong Subregion initiative.  He was a Research Fellow at the Asian Institute of Management in Manila from 2009-2012, until moving to San Francisco's Bay Area to teach Global Economics at Hult. 

Chuck Caldwell, Commissioner, Port of Grays Harbor, Washington USA

With a background in real estate, Commissioner Chuck Caldwell has brought a  wealth of knowledge on development and community to the Commission since 2002.  He previously served as a Planning Commissioner for Grays Harbor County, insuring planning policies that promoted growth while protecting the beauty and quality of life of Grays Harbor.  Founded in 1911, the Port of Grays Harbor was the second port district formed in Washington State.  Once the leading export port for U.S.-grown timber, Grays Harbor now leads the U.S. in exports of American grown soybean meal and is the number one seafood landing point in Washington State.  While forest products remain an important piece of their cargo mix, the Port has substantially diversified their cargo to include automobiles, biodiesel, and other liquid and dry bulk products.


Peter Friedmann, Of Counsel, Lindsay Hart, Washington, D.C.


As Lindsay Hart's man in Washington, D.C., Peter Friedmann represents a variety of national and multinational companies, state and local governments, legislative coalitions, ports, and trade associations.  He specializes in helping clients impacted by federal regulation, legislation, and federal agency actions.  Peter served as Legislative Counsel to U.S. Senator Bob Packwood (Oregon) in 1979 and as Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation from 1980-1986.  He helped draft and enact the Ocean Shipping Act of 1984, Foreign Trade Zone amendments, international investment tax incentives, alternative energy and conservation tax credits, maritime infrastructure tax incentives, international treaty implementation legislation.  Peter also organized a congressional trade mission to Korea.




Just four more sponsorship opportunities are left:  

  • Welcome Reception for Delegates and Companions on August 4th ($2,000)
  • Breakfast for Delegates and Companions on August 6th ($1,000)
  • Ports Tour transportation for Delegates and Companions on August 6th ($1,000)
  • Special companion tour & lunch at Filoli Mansion on August 7th ($500)  

Our valued sponsors receive logos on the conference poster & in the conference program, recognition in all newsletters and conference mailings, and the option to include information or promotional items in conference bags and verbal recognition at the event being sponsored. Sponsorships of $1,000 receive a complimentary exhibitor table, if so desired.  Sponsorships of $1,500 and higher receive a complimentary exhibitor table and/or podium time to speak to the attendees at the event being sponsored, if so desired. 


If you'd like to set up Exhibitor space only without sponsoring an event, we're offering that too! Conference delegates may set up their own exhibitor table for just $500.  Our valued exhibitors receive recognition with logos on the conference poster and an exhibitor table in the ballroom foyer


Sponsorships and Exhibit Tables can be confirmed during online registration or by calling (503) 653-5868.

August 4-7, 2013
APP 100th Annual Conference 
Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay
Special thanks to our Annual Conference Sponsors so far:
As the Association of Pacific Ports celebrates our first century of strengthening Pacific ports, your organization can be a permanent part of APP's rich history and future by helping sponsor APP's special 100th Anniversary Commemorative Book.

This unique book will be handed out to all participants during our 100th Annual Conference in August and also presented to other government, port, and port industry leaders during this centennial year.  The photographs and history in these commemorative books will be viewed by port and port-related leaders throughout North America, Asia, and the Pacific Islands.

The 100th Anniversary Commemorative Book sponsorship levels available are very affordable:
  • Gold Sponsor:  Full Page Ad, $750 (7.5"h x 7.5"w)
  • Silver Sponsor:  Half Page Ad, $400 (3.5"h x 7.5"w)
  • Bronze Sponsor:  Business Card-size Ad, $150 (2"h x3.5"w)



Artwork for advertisements should be emailed to APP Operations Manager Brian Wright ( by Wednesday, July 17th.

APP's 100th Anniversary Commemorative Book and the Annual Conference are exciting opportunities to celebrate a full century of strengthening Pacific Ports - and to embark on our next 100 years.  


We welcome the Port of Anchorage, Alaska as APP's newest member!    


The Port of Anchorage is a deep-water port with four bulk carrier berths and two petroleum berths.  The Port is an enterprise department under the Municipality of Anchorage, distinguished from other  municipal departments because it creates enough revenue to support its operations along with paying annual fees to the municipality.


The Port Director is appointed by Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan and reports to the Municipal Manager.


The Port of Anchorage officially commenced operations in 1961.  Port activities date back to 1915 when the Lathrop Dock was constructed to meet the needs of the newly founded city of Anchorage at the head of the Cook Inlet.  An Executive Order by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 ordered the construction of the Alaska Railroad, which brought a flurry of building and business.  In 1964, the largest earthquake in Alaskan history destroyed the Port of Seward, a major shipping hub, but did not significantly damage the new Anchorage dock and port.  After the disaster, the Port of Anchorage became a regional hub and now provides an estimated 90% of merchandise goods to 85% of Alaska's population. 


The Port of Anchorage is governed by a nine-member commission appointed by Anchorage's Mayor: Suzanne Linford (Chair), John Stallone (Vice Chair), Stephen Saunders, Simon Lisiecki, Bradley Kroon, Wilbur O'Brien, Patrice Case, Bob Pawlowski, and James Dimaggio. 


The Port Director is Richard Wilson and Deputy Port Director is Stephen Ribuffo.
Welcome to APP, Port of Anchorage!
NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBER: T.Y. Lin International
APP welcomes new associate member T.Y. Lin International (TYLI)!
Founded in 1954, TYLI is an internationally-recognized, multi-disciplined full-service infrastructure engineering firm committed to providing innovative, cost-effective, constructable designs for the global infrastructure market.  With over 2,500 employees in the Americas and Asia, the firm brings broad expertise in port facilities, port terminal development, intermodal systems, and highway and rail landside access.  The firm applies a big-picture understanding to the maritime industry.  TYLI provides specialized services in support of inland waterways, lock and dam structures, and inland ports and has developed solutions for difficult environmental and site conditions.

Their expertise extends from the conceptual phase through final design for piers and wharfs, landside port facilities; berthing; pier design; seawalls, dolphins, fenders; surveys, inspections and rehabilitation; dredging, surveys, design and construction engineering; EPA evaluations; pier and shore side utilities supply; dam safety analysis, inspections and design; lock and dam design, inspection and rehabilitation; precast and in-the-wet construction methods; mechanical/electrical and control systems engineering; gantries, cranes and specialized lifting fixtures; and much more!

For more information, visit or contact Rail Group Manager Eric Winters at or (619) 692-1920.

Welcome to APP, T.Y. Lin International!
The Port of Pasco, Washington USA's director of planning and engineering Randy Hayden has been chosen to become the next executive director.  Randy will succeed long-time executive director Jim Toomey, who is retiring at the end of 2013.

Hayden, who's been with the port since 2000, was chosen unanimously by Port of Pasco Commissioners Jim Klindworth, Ron Reimann, and Jean Ryckman on June 27.  Under the Commission's action, Hayden was appointed to serve as deputy executive director effective July 1, and will then move up to fill the executive director seat upon Toomey's retirement.

The Port of Pasco, located in the Tri-Cities region of Washington state, manages a 28-acre marine terminal, 15-acre multi-modal rail/barge terminal, 600-acre industrial center, the Tri-Cities Airport and numerous other properties, with the assets worth more than $130 million dollars.  The Tri-Cities Airport is currently planning the largest expansion project in its history: a $36 million project that would nearly double the size of the existing terminal.  Construction is slated to begin in early 2014.

Kaohsiung LogoThe London Metal Exchange (LME) has approved Taiwan's Port of Kaohsiung, TIPC to be the ninth port in Asia that can accept physical delivery of seven types of its metal contracts.  The world's largest metal exchange announced that Kaohsiung would be a delivery point for aluminium, aluminium alloy, copper, lead, nickel, tin and zinc.

Kaohsiung is the first city in Asia to be added as a London Metal Exchange delivery point since 2009. 






As we celebrate APP's 100th Anniversary year, we continue to share historic items with you.  The last few historic items we shared were from 1931, 1936, 1939, 1965, 1971, 1993, 1996, 2000, and 2006.




This photo below shows outgoing PCAPA/APP President Robert Rickett from the Port of Portland, Oregon USA (on right) congratulating incoming President John Haydon from the Port of Seattle, Washington USA at the 1966 Annual Conference in Portland.



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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:

  • 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