The Pacific Current September 13, 2012

Registration is open for both our 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 both events can be found below.  

And read on for the latest news about individual Pacific Ports, including new APP life members, new port managers, and cargo increases!
Register for Rail Seminar at PDX
Win Free Amazon Gift Cards at Winter Conference in Hawaii
APP Life Members Elected
New Member: EA Engineering
Longview: New Port CEO
Hueneme: Increased Cargoes
Grays Harbor: 100,000 Car Exports
Upcoming APP Events
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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 facilities will also be offered immediately after the Seminar at 3:00 p.m.

Early registration rates are just $175 for APP members or $275 for non-members. 
Click here to register for the Fall Fly-in Fly-out Seminar today!


Registration is now open for the 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 Amazon 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.  Here's one example of a confirmed speaker 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.

Your companion is welcome to join you in Hawaii and participate at no cost in all Conference meals and events -- plus a special Friday tour just for companions. 

Our Conference venue, the Marriott Ihilani Resort, is a secluded retreat located 20 miles from the Honolulu International Airport.  It offers a relaxing atmosphere, private cove, and excellent conference and golf facilities. Our discounted hotel room rates for this year's Conference 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!

During our recent Annual Conference in Guam, the APP Board of Directors unanimously approved three new APP Life Members:
  • Bill Clark, retired Commissioner, Port of Pasco, Washington USA -- and past APP President
  • Brad Madelung, retired Port Manager/CEO, Port Alberni Port Authority, BC Canada
  • John Chung-Chuang Wu, retired Shipyard Manager, Port of Taichung TIPC, Taiwan ROC. 

The APP Board also passed a special resolution honoring the life and work of former Port of Pasco Commissioner Ernie Boston, who died this spring.


Congratulations, Bill, Brad & John!  Best wishes in your new endeavors!

We welcome APP's newest Associate Member: EA Engineering, Science, and Technology!

EA Engineering provides environmental, compliance, natural resources, and infrastructure engineering and management solutions to a wide range of government and industrial clients.  Founded in 1973 and headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland, EA employs more than 400 professionals through a network of 21 offices across the continental United States, as well as Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam.  EA has earned an outstanding reputation for technical expertise, responsive service, and judicious use of client resources.

Click here to visit EA's website or contact Program Manager Richard Price at


Welcome to APP, EA Engineering, Science, and Technology!

Bringing more than 26 years of maritime experience, Geir-Eilif Kalhagen recently began work as the Port of Longview, Washington USA's new CEO.   

Kalhagen's diverse maritime management experience and familiarity with the Columbia River included operations management for both SSA and Star Shipping, and most recently serving as General Manager for Tidal Transport and Trading.

"Geir's strong industry background, combined with his familiarity of our region made him a great fit for the Port of Longview," said Commission President (and APP First Vice President) Bob Bagaason.

Kalhagen succeeds long-time Port of Longview leader Ken O'Hollaren.  Kalhagen will spend several weeks on the job with O'Hollaren getting up to speed on Port issues and projects before assuming all official executive duties.  O'Hollaren will spend the remainder of this year focused on customer relations and marketing before retiring in December. 


The Port of Longview also reported one of its strongest second quarters ever, earning $3 million in net income during the first six months of 2012.  Grain exports at the new EGT terminal, calcined coke imports, and new wind-energy shipments fueled the surge.  Since EGT received its first ship in February, the company has exported 1.3 million tons of wheat, soybeans, and corn gluten meal.  At full capacity, EGT officials say their $200 million terminal will export 8 million to 9 million tons of grain annually and generate $5 million to $8 million in shipping revenue for the port.    


Port officials said the robust second quarter is a direct dividend of public infrastructure projects such as the Columbia River channel-deepening project, completed last year after five years of construction.  Since the river's main shipping channel was deepened by three feet to 43 feet, ships can now carry more cargo and generate more revenue for grain and other bulk commodity companies.    


Congratulations, CEO Kalhagen and the Port of Longview!
The Port of Hueneme, California USA recently posted its strongest cargo numbers since the start of the recession in 2008.  Total cargo tonnage for the fiscal year ending June 30 rose 8.2 percent to 1.32 million metric tons.  The port has become a major importer and exporter of automobiles, which  climbed 20 percent to 240,661 vehicles.

The port also recently announced two awards it received: a certificate of excellence in financial reporting awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada and an "August Sustainability" award given by California State Senator Fran Pavley for the port's dedication to the state's sustainable modernization initiatives.

Congratulations, Port of Hueneme! 

Port of Grays Harbor, Washington USA recently celebrated their 100,000th vehicle export to ports in Asia.  Chrysler exports from Grays Harbor have greatly exceeded the 25,000 units a year anticipated at the inception of this business in January 2010.


Pasha Automotive Services was first drawn to Grays Harbor by the deep water berths, strategic location, available property, and strong local work force.  In partnership with the Port, PAS is now rapidly expanding its operations as new infrastructure and increased rail access are capitalizing on the growing demand overseas for U.S. manufactured vehicles.


Port Commission President Chuck Caldwell stated: "We are very excited and proud to be a part of this great milestone.  We look forward to an on-going partnership with Chrysler and Seim, The Pasha Group, Puget Sound and Pacific Railroad, and Union Pacific Railroad as they continue to bring more opportunities, jobs and prosperity to the community." 


Congratulations, Port of Grays Harbor!



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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
PortofSeattleAPRIL/MAY 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 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