The Pacific Current December 13, 2012

Take action by this Friday: Early Registration Discount is ending for the 2013 Winter Conference.  


Your chance to save $100 in registration fees expires this Friday, December 14 for APP's January 17-18, 2013 Winter Conference in Hawaii!

Newly confirmed Winter Conference speakers and complete Conference details are listed below.

And you'll want to read on for the latest news about individual Pacific Ports, port leaders, and new APP members!

Friday is Last Chance for Registration & Hotel Discounts
New Member: Xanatos Marine
Coos Bay Commissioner McKeown Wins House Seat
Fraser Elected to Hueneme Port Commission
Portland Extends Grain Lease
Winter Sponsorships Available
Upcoming APP Events
Contact Us


Register by this Friday, December 14th to qualify for the $100 early registration discount as well as the special discounted hotel rooms for APP's Winter Conference:


Thursday & Friday, January 17-18, 2013

Marriott Ihilani Resort, Oahu, Hawaii

Click here to register -- and save $100!  


Timely port industry issues, outstanding speakers, plentiful networking time, and a beautiful setting await you at APP's Winter Conference.  We've already announced that Economist & Council on Revenues Chair Dr. Paul Brewbaker, FCS Senior Project Manager Todd Chase, Xanatos Marine Sales Manager Kris English, Port of Stockton General Counsel Steve Herum, CARDO TEC Infrastructure Management Practice Leader Jim Hunt, Hugh Wood Managing Director Michael Johnson, Horizon Lines VP/General Manager Ali Behruz Nikkhoo, Schrader Co. Sales Partner Tom Spear, and North West & Canada Cruise Association President Greg Wirtz will all speak at the Winter Conference in January.  


Here are four more examples of confirmed excellent speakers for this Winter Conference: 


Morrow Don Russell


Don Russell, Commissioner, Port of Morrow, Oregon USA


Commissioner Russell was first elected in 2005 and currently serves as Port of Morrow Commission President.  Don was also elected to the Boardman Rural Fire District in 1996 and serves as Chairman.  He previously served on the Morrow County Planning Commission.  Don has worked as a staff accountant, as president of a regional petroleum jobber, and as owner/operator of car washes.  Don received a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University with a major in Business Administration.


Morrow Marv Padberg


Marvin Padberg, Commissioner, Port of Morrow, Oregon USA


Commissioner Padberg was appointed in 1994 and subsequently re-elected to the Port of Morrow Commission several times.  Marv lives on the family farm homesteaded by his great grandfather in 1870.  He has also served on the Morrow County Road Committee, Morrow County School District Transportation Committee, and the Morrow County Risk Management Committee.  He has chaired many community projects and has represented Columbia Basin Co-op, Umatilla Electric, and Industrial Irrigators on electric rate matters.



Dr. Dilip Trivedi, Coastal Engineer, Moffatt & Nichol  


Dilip obtained his Master's and Doctoral degrees from Texas A&M University. He practices coastal engineering at Moffatt & Nichol in the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically in the areas of sea level rise planning, wetlands restoration, waterfront development, and public access. He has served in an advisory capacity related to hydrodynamics and coastal engineering on several large marsh restoration projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has managed design and analyses for several urban redevelopment, wetlands restoration, and capital improvement projects.  



Bob Histon TerexBob Histon, Manager for North America

Terex Port Solutions (formerly Gottwald Port Technology)


After completing his production engineering studies in England, Bob worked at the Admiralty Research Laboratories.  He immigrated to Canada in 1972 and began a career in the crane industry.  He has worked for John T. Hepburn, Heede International, and for his own business, Portrep Equipment Ltd.  In 1988, Bob joined Mannesmann Dematic which is now Demag Cranes based in Dusseldorf Germany and has been acquired by Terex Port Solutions, which incorporates the brand manes of Noell, PPM, Fantuzzi, and Gottwald.  This company has over 100 years of experience in building diverse port equipment.



The Marriott Ihilani Hotel & Resort is an amazing secluded retreat just 20 miles from the Honolulu International Airport offering a relaxing atmosphere, private cove for swimming and snorkeling, and excellent conference and golf facilities. Our discounted hotel room rates are very affordable, starting at just $186 per night including free parking!  


Your companion may join you in Hawaii and participate for free in all Conference events including the amazing Paradise Cove Luau (known as "Hawaii's Best Luau").  


In addition, a special Friday companion-only tour of the Honolulu Museum of Art will be followed by lunch in a restaurant surrounded by gardens, a waterfall, mature trees, and spectacular sculptures. 


We have special Winter Conference air travel discount codes with both Delta and United Airlines. 

Please visit the link below for more information.

Click here to register for the Winter Conference -- and save $100!


We welcome APP's newest Associate Member: Xanatos Marine! 


Xanatos Marine specializes in Maritime Domain Awareness with innovative, unique, and flexible solutions for the maritime industry including tracking, monitoring, surveillance, and associated issues with industry leading Sensor Data Fusion technologies.  Founded in 1984, Xanatos strives to continually deliver state-of-the-art products and services to aid in the safety of mariners, their vessels, and the waterways around the world.  In addition to the world-class products that Xanatos Marine already offers, their research for new technology is consistently ongoing.  

Click here to learn more about Xanatos Marine or contact West Coast Sales Manager Kris English at  Kris will be a guest speaker at our upcoming Winter Conference in Hawaii.  

Welcome to APP, Xanatos Marine!
Caddy McKeown
Oregon International Port of Coos Bay Commissioner Caddy McKeown
won election last month to the Oregon House of Representatives.
Caddy was born and raised in Coos Bay, served on the Coos Bay School Board for 11 years, worked for the Oregon Student Assistance Commission, and was appointed to the Board of Commissioners of the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay.  For the last eight years, she has worked to develop infrastructure and grow jobs on the South Oregon Coast, including taking ownership of and rehabilitating the Coos Bay Rail Line.  

Congratulations, Commissioner & Representative-elect McKeown!


Last month, voters elected Arlene Fraser to the Port of Hueneme, California USA's Board of Commissioners.  Arlene is a resident of Oxnard and serves as an administrative assistant for Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, one of the Port's largest customers.  She will join commissioners Jess Herrera, Jason Hodge, Manny Lopez, and MaryAnne Rooney (who also serves as APP's Third Vice President), marking the first time that two women have served on that Commission.


Arlene replaces Commissioner Jess Ramirez, who has served on the commission for 20 years.  Attendees at the recent Port of Hueneme Commission meeting thanked Jess for his outstanding service since 1993. 


Thank you for your long and faithful service, Commissioner Ramirez!  Congratulations and welcome, Commissioner-elect Fraser!

With unanimous approval of a new ground lease by Port of Portland, Oregon USA's commissioners, longtime port tenant Columbia Grain, Inc. will continue to grow export volumes for at least another 25 years.  Columbia Grain owns and operates 61 grain elevators in six western states with a combined storage capacity of 1.3 million metric tons, and has been located in Portland since 1978.  The company purchases wheat, corn, and soybeans from over 5,000 producers and merchandises this grain to all major U.S. domestic markets and 30 other countries.  The 43-acre facility in Portland is the company's primary gateway for export shipments.

As a Port tenant, Columbia Grain has spent approximately $18 million on capital improvements, technological upgrades, and facility enhancements. Columbia Grain plans a further $40 million expansion within 30 months.  Grain exports are a major part of Portland's history and growth as a trade gateway -- and remains the top cargo by tonnage, comprising approximately 35% of the Port's 13.4 million tons handled in 2011.  Portland is the largest wheat export gateway in the nation and third largest grain export region in the world.


There are many sponsorship opportunities still available to you for January's Winter Conference!  Our valued sponsors receive recognition with:  

  • Logos on Conference Poster & Conference Program
  • Recognition in all newsletters and Conference mailings prior to and after the Conference
  • Option to include information or promotional items in Conference bags
  • Verbal recognition at the specific event being sponsored

Sponsorships of $1,000 and higher also receive podium time to speak to attendees at event being sponsored, if so desired.


Available sponsorship opportunities:
  $2,000  Luau Banquet & Entertainment for Everyone - 1/17/13
  $1,500  Dinner Banquet for Everyone - 1/18/13
  $1,250  Luncheon at Hotel for Delegates - 1/18/13
  $1,000  Golf for Everyone - 1/17/13
  $   750  Breakfast for Everyone - 1/18/13
  $   750  Companion Tour & Lunch - 1/18/13
  $   500  Welcome Networking Break - 1/17/13 

  $   500  Afternoon Networking Break & Refreshments - 1/18/13
  $   500  Friday Dinner Entertainment - 1/18/13

Sponsorships can be confirmed during online registration or by calling APP staff at (503) 653-5868.



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Please save these dates and plan to attend these upcoming APP conferences and seminars:  
HawaiiDOTJANUARY 17-18, 2013
APP Winter Conference
Hosted by Hawaii Harbors Division
Marriott Ihilani Resort
PortofSeattleAPRIL 17, 2013
APP Spring Fly-in Fly-out Seminar 
"Building Sustainable Ports"
Seattle/Tacoma International Airport (SEA)


PORCAUGUST 4-7, 2013
APP 100th Annual Conference
Hosted by Port of Redwood City        
Sofitel San Francisco Bay Hotel
Redwood City, CALIFORNIA USA     


JULY 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 ROC
JULY 2016
APP 103rd Annual Conference
Hosted by Port of Hueneme
Port Hueneme, CALIFORNIA USA  


Please feel free to contact your APP staff with your questions, concerns, or requests:  
Dave Hunt, Executive Director:

Lisa Pomasl, Deputy Director:

Brian Wright, Operations Manager:

Telephone: 503.653.5868
Fax: 503.654.8259