The Pacific Current October 11, 2012


Register today for APP's Fall Fly-In Fly-out Seminar on "Effective Rail Connections for Ports" on Friday, November 16, 2012 in Portland, Oregon -- and our Winter Conference on January 17-18, 2013 in Hawaii!


Details about newly-confirmed speakers for both events are listed below.  

Read on for the latest news about individual Pacific Ports, including new APP members, new port staff, redevelopment, and big container ships!
Excellent Speakers Confirmed for Rail/Port Seminar at PDX
Win Free Amazon Gift Cards and Hear Great Speakers at Winter Conference in Hawaii in January
New CEO Begins at Astoria
New Member: Taiwan MBP
Bellingham Plans Redevelopment, Might Expand Port Commission
World's Largest Container Ship Docks at Port of Long Beach
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Register today 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.

Click here for more information and online registration. 


Discover how ports can create stronger connections with Class 1 rail carriers, short line and regional railroads, rail spurs, etc.  Learn how port tenants and customers can be better served by more effective port/rail connections.  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 terminal 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 some examples of our confirmed outstanding Seminar speakers:


Christopher Aadnesen is the Alaska Railroad Corporation's President & CEO.  Previously, he worked for HNTB Corporation, leading national freight rail services with all seven U.S. Class One railroads.  He has specialized in rail transportation and logistics, management, strategic and business planning, and quality systems development.  Chris served as CEO and chairman of the management board for Estonian Railways, which provides passenger and freight services.  He also held several senior executive positions for the Texas Mexican Railway and TFM (the first privatized section of the Mexican National Railway).  During 1973-1995, he worked for Union Pacific.


Chris earned a bachelor's degree and a master of business administration degree from the University of Utah and has completed senior management programs at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard University. 


Kevin Jeffers is a project manager and transportation engineer with more than two decades of experience planning, designing, scheduling, estimating, and constructing rail infrastructure.  He is currently a Senior Project Manager for David Evans and Associates, specializing in freight and heavy rail infrastructure projects.  Prior to that, Kevin was the Rail Capital Projects Manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation.  He started his career as a WSDOT Bridge Engineer and has directed more than 40 capital rail projects ranging from $30,000 to $150 million.  Kevin has worked collaboratively with BNSF, UP, ports, short lines, and Amtrak.


Kevin graduated from the Oregon Institute in Technology and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Oregon and Washington as well as a certified Project Management Professional.


Tom Wilcox serves as Vice President at BergerABAM and manages the Portland office.  He has 23 years of civil engineering and construction management experience on public and private sector projects in water resource, transportation, communications, and land development.  During the past 10 years, Tom has worked on port-related projects for the Ports of Vancouver, Portland, Pasco, Kalama, and Longview.  Tom has served as a design engineer, project manager, and construction representative, using his extensive management experience to guide clients through all stages of projects, including concept development, analysis, design, cost estimates, bidding, and construction.


Tom earned a BS in civil engineering and geology from Oregon State University and an MBA from Portland State University.  He is a licensed professional engineer in Oregon, Washington, and California. 


Other confirmed excellent Seminar speakers include:

  • Sebastian Degens, General Mgr., Marine & Terminal Business Develop., Port of Portland, OR
  • Robert Johnson, Northwest Division General Manager, BNSF Railway
  • David Koch, CEO, Oregon International Port of Coos Bay
  • Norm Krehbiel, Deputy Director/Director of Facilities & Engineering, Port of Longview, WA
  • Brock Nelson, Director of Public Affairs, Union Pacific Railroad
  • Dr. Wesley Wilson, Department of Economics Professor, University of Oregon.

    Early registration rates are just $175 for APP members or $275 for non-members. 


    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"!




    Registration is now open for APP's 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 today -- and enter your chance to win the $50 Amazon gift cards!  


    Outstanding speakers, timely port industry issues, plentiful networking time, and a beautiful setting await you at APP's Winter Conference.  Last month, we announced that Dr. Paul Brewbaker, owner of TZ Economics and former Bank of Hawaii chief economist, will be speaking at the Winter Conference.  Here are two more examples of confirmed excellent speakers for this Winter Conference:


    Todd Chase is a senior project manager with FCS Group.  An economist with over 23 years experience in management consulting, financial analysis, and economic analysis for public-sector clients, he has managed over 150 impact studies, annexation studies, funding strategies, and capital facility plans with emphasis on growth management and sustainable "green" infrastructure.  One of his specialties is providing detailed economic and fiscal impact assessments of the costs associated with planned public and private improvements.  He is certified by the American Institute of Certificated Planners and is a LEED Accredited Professional.  Todd earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Florida and completed master's-level coursework in finance at Johns Hopkins University.



    Steve Herum is General Counsel at the Port of Stockton, California USA.  He has received numerous awards, including California Lawyer Magazine's Land Use Lawyer of the Year.  Steve graduated from Stanford University with "highest distinction" and received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where he served on the Constitutional Law Quarterly.  Before law school, Herum served a special assistant to Gov. Jerry Brown, as chief consultant to the State Assembly Committee on Food and Agricultural Economy, and acting chief of staff to Sen. John Garamendi.  Steve was a Port of Stockton commissioner for 11 years before resigning and being appointed the Port's general counsel.


    Your companion is welcome to join you in Hawaii and participate at no cost in all Conference meals and events (such as the Paradise Cove Luau) -- plus a special Friday companion-only tour of the Honolulu Museum of Art 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!

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

    The Port of Astoria, Oregon USA recently welcomed Hank Bynaker as its new CEO.  Hank previously served as general manager and director of operations and marketing at Washington United Terminals, a 103-acre, 2-berth private port facility at the Port of Tacoma, Washington USA.  Before that he worked as a regional transportation manager for American President Lines.  Hank has a broad range of experience in the port industry, having worked in safety and security, labor relations, environmental mitigation, and marketing.


    Hank was appointed by Port of Astoria Commissioners Jack Bland, Dan Hess, Floyd Holcom, Bill Hunsinger, and Larry Pfund. 


    Bynaker replaced Jack Crider, who served the Port of Astoria for four years and is now CEO of the Port of Humboldt Bay, California USA.  


    Congratulations, Hank and the Port of Astoria! 

    MPB CroppedWe welcome APP's newest Associate Member: Taiwan's Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB)!

    The newly-established MPB, under Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communication, is tasked with formulating and implementing national shipping policy and port development guidelines.  MPB handles matters concerning ships, crew management, marking of shipping lanes, hydrographic surveys, maritime safety, maritime arbitration, and rescue.  MPB's headquarters are in Taipei with maritime affairs centers in Hualien, Kaohsiung, Keelung, and Taichung.  MPB's mission is to enhance the competitiveness of Taiwan's ports, instill entrepreneurialism into operations, and realize government reorganization priorities.  (Authority over Taiwan's several Harbor Bureaus has been assigned to the Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC).)
    Juel-Der Li (pictured in the center) serves as MPB's Director-General and Yuan-Wan Lee (pictured at left) serves as Deputy Director General.

    Click here to learn more about MPB or contact MPB Officer Jennifer Kuo at
    Congratulations and welcome, Maritime and Port Bureau!

    The Port of Bellingham, Washington USA is moving forward on waterfront redevelopment plans near downtown Bellingham.  Commissioners Jim Jorgensen, Michael McAuley & Scott Walker 

    directed Interim Executive Director Rob Fix to include the Granary Building in the first offering to developers, in addition to the Downtown waterfront area already targeted for the first development phase.  This offering will allow the port to test market receptivity to retention and redevelopment of the Granary Building.


    In other news, Whatcom County voters will vote next month on whether the Port of Bellingham's Board of Commissioners should expand from three to five commissioners.  The Port has had three commissioners since the Port's formation in 1920.

    The MSC Beatrice last month became the largest container vessel ever to dock at the Port of Long Beach, California USA.  The Beatrice is 1,200 feet long, 167 feet wide, and can carry 13,798 TEU containers.

    Prior to 2012, the largest container ships serving North America had capacities of about 10,000 TEUs.  Ships carrying up to 12,500 TEUs began calling at the Port of Long Beach earlier this year.

    "The new ships are bigger and greener and we're pleased to be able to accommodate these vessels at the Port of Long Beach," port Executive Director Chris Lytle said.  "We're among the few ports that are 'big ship ready,' and that means that we can continue to bring cargo to Long Beach in the most sustainable way possible."

    The MSC Beatrice, built in South Korea in 2009 and operated by Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Co., is the latest of the new generation of big container ships to be put into service on US-Asia trade routes.

    Congratulations, Port of Long Beach! 



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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