The Pacific Current November 13, 2012

We're excited about this Friday's incredible Rail/ Port Seminar at PDX.  Final details are below.  And we have just two open slots left if you want to register!


Make plans now to join us on January 17-18, 2013 for our Winter Conference at the Marriott Ihilani Resort in Oahu, Hawaii!  Newly confirmed speakers and complete details are below.

And please read on for the latest news about individual Pacific Ports, port leaders, and new APP members!

Last Call for Rail Seminar
More Speakers Announced for Winter Conference in Hawaii
New Member: Reid Middleton
San Diego Port Commissioner Leads Congressional Race Vote
Redwood City Welcomes High-Tech, Self-Unloading Ship
Thanks to Renewing Members
Upcoming APP Events
Contact Us

Because of limited space, we can accomodate just two more participants for this Friday's Fly-in Fly-out Seminar -- "Effective Rail Connections for Ports" -- hosted and sponsored by the Port of Portland at the Portland International Airport (PDX) Conference Center on Friday, November 16, 2012.

Click here for more information and online registration.

Learn how port tenants and customers can be better served by more effective port/rail connections.  Discover how ports of all sizes can create stronger connections with Class 1 rail carriers, short line and regional railroads, rail spurs, etc.    Hear firsthand perspectives from key port and rail industry leaders about recent projects, learn what's new at other ports, and network with colleagues -- all in beautiful Portland, Oregon!


The seminar begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 3:00 p.m. -- right in the airport conference center -- so you can easily drive or fly in and out of Portland that same day.


An optional 90-minute free tour of the Port of Portland's rail and marine facilities will also be offered immediately after the Seminar at 3:00 p.m. 


Our confirmed expert Seminar speakers include:

  • Christopher Aadnesen, President & CEO, Alaska Railroad Corporation
  • Sebastian Degens, General Mgr., Marine & Terminal Business Develop., Port of Portland, OR
  • Kevin Jeffers, Senior Project Manager, David Evans and Associates
  • Robert Johnson, NW Division Gen. Manager & Bob Stender, Traffic Director, BNSF Railway
  • David Koch, CEO, Oregon International Port of Coos Bay, OR 
  • Norm Krehbiel, Deputy Director/Director of Facilities & Engineering, Port of Longview, WA 
  • Brock Nelson, Director of Public Affairs, Union Pacific Railroad
  • Tom Wilcox, Vice President, BergerABAM
  • Dr. Wesley Wilson, Professor of Economics, University of Oregon


    Special thanks to our Fall Seminar sponsors:



    Click here to register for Friday's Fly-in Fly-out Seminar on "Effective Rail Connections for Ports"!




    Early Bird Registration continues for APP's upcoming Winter Conference in Hawaii:

    Thursday & Friday, January 17-18, 2013
    Hosted by Hawaii Harbors Division
    Marriott Ihilani Resort, Oahu, Hawaii

    Please note this special incentive to register early: TWO lucky delegates will each win $50 gift cards.  Simply register for the Winter Conference by November 28 and you will be automatically entered into the drawing.  The $50 gift cards will be presented to the two winners at the Conference.

    Click here to register -- and enter to win $50 gift cards!  


    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 FCS senior project manager Todd Chase, Port of Stockton general counsel Steve Herum, CARDO TEC Infrastructure Management Practice Leader Jim Hunt, and North West & Canada Cruise Association President Greg Wirtz will all be speaking at the Winter Conference in January.  


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



    Dr. Paul Brewbaker is an expert on the economy and financial risk analytics.  Known for his humor and forays into economic theories, he is a frequent TV presence and popular business conference speaker.  Paul had a 25-year career with the Bank of Hawaii, where he served as senior vice president and chief economist.  He is a graduate of Stanford University and received his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii.  He has taught at the University of Wisconsin and in the University of Hawaii system.  He is a member of the American Finance Association, the National Association for Business Economics, and is a director of the Hawaii Economic Association.  Paul owns TZ Economics.


    Kristopher English is Business Development Manager for Xanatos Marine Ltd. based in North Vancouver, BC Canada.  Kris has worked for Xanatos since 2001 and has been involved in projects ranging from small VTS installation for ports to full Coastal Monitoring Systems for National Security.  Kris specializes in customizing Maritime Domain Awareness solutions for all sizes of ports as well as AtoN AIS monitoring systems.  Kris studied business at the University of British Columbia while on a basketball scholarship and worked abroad on ships for five years.  

    Tom Spear is a partner at Schrader Company Sales LLC based in Seattle, Washington USA.  Tom has a 25-year sales and marketing background and his experience ranges from working for the Government of Bermuda to selling Russian Sidecar Motorcycles.  The Schrader Company represents and works for seven major manufacturers of industrial marine products -- from safe berthing and fendering systems to piling and pile restoration systems.  The Schrader Company is a unique firm that prides itself on its long-term relationships with both engineering and contracting firms to provide a valued consulting role in marine projects up and down the West Coast of North America.





    The Marriott Ihilani Hotel & Resort is a 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 is welcome to join you in Hawaii and participate for free in all Conference events including the amazing Paradise Cove Luau (which is 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 now have special Winter Conference discount codes with Delta and United Airlines.  Please visit the link below for more information.

    Click here to register for the Winter Conference -- and enter to win the free $50 Amazon gift cards!

    We welcome APP's newest Associate Member: Reid Middleton, Inc.!


    Reid Middleton provides civil and structural engineering, planning, and surveying services to numerous port clients.  Examples of their projects include marine structures, marinas and boat harbors, marine transportation terminals & docks, waterfront parks & public access, floating & fixed-wall breakwaters, mixed use development, and much more.  Established in 1953, Reid Middleton offers the bandwidth to take on large, complex assignments and the personal commitment to adapt their work to match each client's culture. 


    Click here to learn more about Reid Middleton or contact Waterfront Group Director Shannon Kinsella at  

    Welcome to APP, Reid Middleton!
    With some absentee and provisional ballots still remaining to be counted, Scott Peters, one of seven members of the Port of San Diego, California USA's Board of Commissioners, is leading the race to represent California's 52nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    According to San Diego County election officials, Peters currently has 118,476 votes over incumbent Congressman Brian Bilbray's 116,577 votes.  The 52nd Congressional District includes north and eastern portions of San Diego County.

    Peters has been a member of the port commission since January 2009, including service as chair in 2011.  Previously, Peters spent eight years on the San Diego City Council from 2000-2008 and was Council President during 2006-2008.
    If Peters is confirmed as the winner of the Congressional race, San Diego's mayor would appoint his replacement to the port commission.
    Employing the latest leading edge technology, a new bulk ship, the MV Rt. Hon. Paul E. Martin, made its first voyage to the Port of Redwood City, California USA on November 6.  Named after Canada's twenty-first Prime Minister and former owner of the CSL Group, owners/operators of the new ship, she brought 25,000 tons of construction aggregates from British Columbia.

    The material was delivered to Cemex Aggregates, a major Port tenant. It will be used to make ready mix concrete at Cemex's plants throughout the Peninsula/Silicon Valley region.  Cemex last year imported more than 800,000 tons of this essential construction material through the Port and is forecasting to import more than 1 million tons this year. 

    The new VFD-driver self-unloader system allows for soft starting and has the ability to precisely adjust unloading rates to meet customer demands.
    A special thanks to these APP port members for recently renewing their APP membership and dues:
    • American Samoa Department of Port Administration
    • Commonwealth Ports Authority, Northern Mariana Islands  
    • Pohnpei Port Authority, Federated States of Micronesia
    • Port Alberni Port Authority, BC Canada 

     and also to our renewing associate members:

    • ALX Technology
    • AM Insurance
    • BergerABAM
    • BST Associates
    • David Evans and Associates
    • Demag Cranes
    • EA Engineering, Science & Technology 
    • FCS Group
    • Harris Group Inc.
    • Hugh Wood Inc.
    • KECO Pump and Equipment 
    • Klein Systems Group
    • Levin-Richmond Terminal Corp.
    • Lyon Associates
    • Maritime & Port Bureau, MOTC 
    • Metro Ports
    • Moffatt & Nichol
    • Reid Middleton
    • Ropner Insurance Services
    • Schrader Company Sales, LLC
    • Saipan Shipping Company
    • Saipan Stevedore Company
    • SWCA Environmental Consultants   


    We appreciate your continued membership and partnership in strengthening Pacific ports!



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

    Port of Portland LogoFRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2012
    APP Fall Fly-in Fly-out Seminar

    "Effective Rail Connections for Ports"
    Co-Sponsored by APP & Port of Portland
    Portland International Airport (PDX)
    Portland, OREGON USA 

    HawaiiDOTJANUARY 17-18, 2013
    APP Winter Conference
    Hosted by Hawaii Harbors Division
    Marriott Ihilani Resort
    Oahu, HAWAII
    PortofSeattleAPRIL 17, 2013  <--- Date Just Confirmed! 
    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
    Longview, WASHINGTON USA  


    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