The Pacific Current November 1, 2012

The $50 early registration discount ends on Friday, November 2nd for APP's Fall Fly-In Fly-out Seminar on "Effective Rail Connections for Ports".  You don't want to miss this timely and informative Seminar on Friday, November 16, 2012 in Portland, Oregon. Register today to save money and reserve your spot at the Seminar! 


Complete details about the Seminar as well as some newly-confirmed speakers for our Winter Conference on January 17-18, 2013 in Hawaii are listed below.

Read on for the latest news about individual Pacific Ports, including new APP members!
Early Registration Discount Ends Friday for Rail Seminar at PDX
More Speakers Announced for Winter Conference in Hawaii
New Member: BergerABAM
Benton Begins Hangar Expansion
Kaohsiung Seeks Metal Delivery
Thanks to Renewing Members
Upcoming APP Events
Contact Us


Our early registration deadline ends this Friday, November 2nd for our 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.  It's not too late, but be sure to register by Friday, November 2nd to save $50!

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 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.

Here are three more examples of our confirmed outstanding Seminar speakers:

Norm Krehbiel serves as Deputy Director/Director of Facilities & Engineering at the Port of Longview, Washington USA.  Norm joined the Port in 1993 as Director of Facilities and Engineering where he was responsible for the construction and maintenance of all new and existing facilities at the Port.  In 2008, Norm was promoted to Deputy Director.  Norm previously worked for more than 14 years for the City of Redmond Engineering Department and the Deschutes County Road Department.  Norm received his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University and is a Professional Engineer in Oregon and Washington, as well as a Professional Land Surveyor in Oregon.


David Koch Coos BayDavid Koch began serving as Chief Executive Officer of the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay USA this year, after joining the Port as Chief Operating Officer in 2010.  He directs activities for Oregon's largest coastal deep-draft harbor, industrial park, marina, RV park, shipyard, and property holdings.  The Port is also overseeing rehabilitation of the 134-mile Coos Bay rail line, which has restored freight rail service.  Prior to joining the Port, David served as one of the Port's contract attorneys and also advised cities and special districts on legal matters and property, land use, and regulatory compliance matters.  David began his legal career as a U.S. Department of Transportation attorney-advisor in Washington, D.C., handling environmental and regulatory enforcement matters.  David graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law and earned a master's degree from the University of Oregon and a bachelor's degree from Southern Oregon University.


Dr. Wesley Wilson is a Professor of Economics at the University of Oregon.  He is an award-winning teacher who publishes widely in the areas of transportation, industrial organization, trade, labor, agriculture, and applied econometrics.  Wes is a former president of the Transportation and Public Utilities Group (TPUG) of the American Economic Association and the Inland Waterway and Agricultural Transportation Committees of the Transportation Research Board.  From 2003-09, he was a Technical Advisor to the Army Corps of Engineers' Institute for Water Resources.  Since 2009, he has been an expert economist working with the Surface Transportation Board to identify alternative strategies for estimating costs in a multi-product industry.  He has also received a wide variety of grants, most notably from the National Science Foundation to examine the effects of trade policy in steel markets. 


Other 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, Northwest Division General Manager, BNSF Railway
  • Brock Nelson, Director of Public Affairs, Union Pacific Railroad
  • Tom Wilcox, Vice President, BergerABAM  

  • Early registration rates are just $175 for APP members or $275 for non-members -- but only if you register by Friday, November 2nd!


    Special thanks to our Fall Seminar sponsors:



    Click here to register for the Fall 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!  


    Outstanding speakers, timely port industry issues, plentiful networking time, and a beautiful setting await you at APP's Winter Conference.  Previously, we announced that former Bank of Hawaii chief economist Dr. Paul Brewbaker, FCS senior project manager Todd Chase, and Port of Stockton general counsel Steve Herum will all be speaking at the Winter Conference.  In addition, here are two more examples of confirmed excellent speakers for this Winter Conference:


    Jim Hunt is an Infrastructure Management Practice Leader at CARDNO TEC.  He has served as Project Manager and/or Project Director for the planning, permitting, and development of complex transportation projects around the world.  His experience includes the complete planning and management of ports, airports, and rail/intermodal projects.  He has experience in all phases of project development -- from concept planning through to design -- and has specialized in analysis of technical and financial feasibility.  Jim's participation on several large privatization projects has focused on the financial and technical issues surrounding privatization of traditionally publicly funded transportation projects.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tufts University and his Masters in Civil Engineering, Infrastructure Planning, and Management from Stanford University. 

    Greg Wirtz NWCCAGreg Wirtz was appointed President of the North West & Canada Cruise Association -- representing the major cruise lines operating in British Columbia, Washington State, Alaska, and Hawaii -- in 2011.  Greg heads a Vancouver-based team that undertakes government and industry relations on behalf of the member cruise lines, and advances partnerships in communities involved with cruise tourism development.  He guides the development of economic and environmental initiatives related to the cruise industry.  He also oversees passenger security operations for the cruise lines operating in Vancouver.  An industry veteran, Greg brings more than 20 years experience in marketing, planning and trade development to NWCCA. Prior to joining NWCCA he led the marketing and cruise operations for Port Metro Vancouver - Canada's largest and most established cruise home port.

    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, a 75-year-old monkeypod tree, and spectacular sculptures.

    The Marriott Ihilani Resort is a secluded retreat just 20 miles from the Honolulu International Airport.  It offers 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!

    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 become eligible for the free $50 Amazon gift cards!

    We welcome APP's newest Associate Member: BergerABAM!

    BergerABAM is a consulting firm offering services in the areas of planning, civil and structural engineering, environmental services, public involvement, construction management and support, surveying, and underwater inspection services.  Founded in 1951, the firm gained worldwide recognition for pioneering work in pre-stressed concrete design.  While maintaining and cultivating this expertise, the firm's capabilities have grown to cover a wide spectrum of management, planning, and engineering services.  In 1988, the firm formed an affiliation with Berger Group Holdings, Inc. (BGH) affiliated companies, one of the largest consulting groups in the world.  As a member of BGH, BergerABAM became a part of a global team of resources located throughout the United States and 50 foreign countries.  BergerABAM takes pride in designing an approach that is innovative, client-oriented, and economical.


    Click here to learn more about BergerABAM or contact Vice President Tom Wilcox at
    Welcome to APP, BergerABAM!
    The Port of Benton, Washington USA recently announced the beginning of phase I construction on the Richland Airport Hangar Expansion project.  The first phase includes relocating taxiway B to meet Federal Aviation Administration requirements and to provide easy access to the new hangars.  Two additional taxi lanes and a long term tie down apron will also be completed in Phase I.  Several hangar plots will be available in Phase I, including space for large and small planes.  The long-term plan will include seven phases to develop an additional seventy-five hangar plots at the airport.
    Kaohsiung LogoThe Port of Kaohsiung, TIPC in Taiwan ROC is stepping up efforts to become the ninth London Metal Exchange (LME) delivery point in Asia, and the first in Taiwan.  They moved closer to certification as a London Metal Exchange delivery location following a recent ROC Cabinet decision to lift tariffs on nonferrous metals handled in the facility's free trade zone.  Under the proposed amendment, foreign firms will not be taxed on shipments of LME-certified metals to the port until 2043.  Kaohsiung Port first applied for LME certification in late 2011 but was rejected because Taiwan's relevant tax regulations did not meet exchange standards.  LME certification is projected to deliver an additional 330,000 tons of cargo to the port in the first 12 months, with an increase of 50,000 tons per year thereafter.  A TIPC official said that six local logistics firms have already set up shop inside the port in anticipation of additional business LME certification will deliver, with more expected to follow.
    A special thanks to these APP port members for recently renewing their APP membership and dues:
    • Port of Astoria, Oregon
    • Port of Bellingham, Washington
    • Port of Benton, Washington
    • Port of Coos Bay, Oregon
    • Port of Grays Harbor, Washington
    • Hawaii Harbors Division, Hawaii
    • Port of Hueneme, California
    • Port of Long Beach, California
    • Port of Longview, Washington
    • Republic of the Marshall Islands Ports Authority, RMI
    • Port of Morrow, Oregon
    • Port of Newport, Oregon
    • Port of Pasco, Washington
    • Port of Redwood City, California
    • Port of Richmond, California
    • Port of San Diego, California
    • Port of St. Helens, Oregon 
    • Port of Stockton, California
    • Port of Umatilla, Oregon


     and also to our renewing associate members:

    • Capacity Marine Corporation
    • CARDNO TEC Inc.
    • Matson Navigation Company
    • PND Engineers, Inc.
    • Truk Transportation Co. 


    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 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
    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