The Pacific Current March 19, 2012
Register now for APP's Spring Conference on April 10-12, 2012 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. 

Today is the final day for our discounted hotel room block.  APP is hosting this  conference in partnership with the Pacific Coast Congress of Harbormasters and Port Managers.  Please read below for details.

Also, registration is now open for the 99th Annual Conference in Guam!  Register early to be entered into a special drawing for two free $50 gift cards!  Details are below.

And read on for some exciting news about individual Pacific Ports!
Speakers Set for April Conference in British Columbia
Registration Open for Annual Conference in July in Guam
New Member: Hugh Wood Inc.
O'Hollaren Wins 'Old Salt' Award
Portland Adds Container Line
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Please join us for


APP's Spring Conference
in partnership with PCC:

April 10-12, 2012
 Vancouver Island Conference Centre
Nanaimo, British Columbia, CANADA  



Click here for more information and to register online.   


You'll be informed and equipped by expert speakers about timely port industry issues.  You'll learn what's new at other ports, tour exciting new port facilities, and network with port colleagues -- all on Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada!  For the first time, we're hosting this conference in partnership with the Pacific Coast Congress of Harbormasters & Port Managers (PCC) -- an exciting opportunity to network with an even wider range of port leaders.


Spring conference topics include:
new business and cargo opportunities,
building new cruise facilities,
developing highly motivated port employees, effectively responding to emergencies,
avoiding stupid accid
ents, managing risks,
and accessing modern marinas,
port software solutions,
mobile crane innovations, and more!



Some of our confirmed conference presenters:

  • Todd Nottingham, Vice Pres., PND Engineers
  • Alex Francis, Owner, ALX Technology
  • Daniel Marcelli, Klein Systems Group
  • Brian Spain, Liebherr Port Equipment
  • Brad Madelung, Port Alberni Port Authority, BC
  • Aaron Barnett, Washington Sea Grant, WA
  • Dale Fowler, Port of Anacortes, WA
  • Jon Olsen, PND Engineers, Seattle, WA
  • Mike Richards, Georgia Strait Alliance, BC
  • Jesse Ellenz, Bellingham Marine Industries, WA
  • Lisa Roberts, Washington Cities Insurance
  • Nelson Hill, Rugged Marine Industries, Victoria
  • Terrance Berscheid, Saanich Emergency Program, BC.

In addition to informative presentations, you'll also experience a first-hand tour of the Port of Nanaimo. 


Spring conference registration starts at just $175. We also have sponsorship and exhibitor options available!   Your companion is welcome to join you for meals at the Spring Conference for an additional fee.

Discounted hotel rooms start at just $109 per night.  The room block expires today, so please act quickly!  


Click here to register for the Spring Conference in BC!   


A special thanks to the
Harbour Authority Association of British Columbia

for hosting this Conference!


APP's 99th Annual Conference
July 18-21, 2012
Co-Hosted by Port Authority of Guam
& RMI Ports Authority in GUAM




Registration is now open for APP's 99th Annual Conference co-hosted by the Republic of the Marshall Islands Ports Authority and the Port Authority of Guam at the Guam Marriott Resort on July 18-21, 2012.  A unique blend of Spanish, Micronesia, Asian, and western cultures combined with a tropical climate and unique activities -- Guam is a destination not to be missed!


As a special incentive to register early, register by May 15th to be entered into a special drawing.  You could be one of two lucky winners to receive a $50 gift card!

Take home valuable and timely information that will benefit your port or business.  Network with Pacific port colleagues to learn what's new and build stronger partnerships.  Your companion is welcome to join you in Guam to experience the exciting activities of the Conference, Island, and special companion tours at no cost.  In addition to Conference events, you and your companion will enjoy delicious meals and informative tours of harbors and nearby attractions.


The Guam Marriott Resort, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, has state-of-the-art conference facilities and all modern amenities including fine dining, a fitness center, and pool.  We'll be a short distance from sightseeing and recreation opportunities. Enjoy APP's pre-negotiated discounted room rates of $145 per night for Ocean View with complimentary internet and parking.   




Join us for the welcome dinner reception at the Latte of Freedom, a 65-foot tall, latte stone-shaped concrete structure.  The Latte of Freedom opened in 2010 after 35 years of planning.  "Just as the Statue of Liberty lights America's gateway of freedom and opportunity on its eastern shores, this gift would be America's western beacon to those who yearned for the promise of opportunity that is America," Governor Bordallo said.




libparadeBoth the Marshall Islands and Guam have annual Liberation Day celebrations to commemorate freedom from Japan's occupation during World War II.  Our annual conference is scheduled to coincide with Guam's festivities on July 21st.  The Port Authority of Guam has invited delegates and companions to join their staff and families to watch the parade and enjoy lunch in a private area on port property.  We will then depart via boat for tours of two harbors followed by some cultural sightseeing.  It should be a day to remember!


Click here for more information and online registration!


We welcome APP's newest Associate Member: Hugh Wood Inc.

Hugh Wood Inc. is a global independent HWIlogoinsurance broker with capabilities in analyzing and marketing all forms of marine risks and an innovative approach to coverage solutions.  They have many years of experience handling all aspects of marine risks.  With the assistance of their international offices and strategic partnerships in key markets, they are not only able to access the leading U.S. insurers, but also the leading insurers in international markets. Hugh Wood Inc. offers a full range of marine-related services complemented by a full range of claims handling as well as risk and security management services.

Michael Johnson is the Managing Director of Hugh Wood Inc.'s Seattle office.  He can be reached at or 206-816-3302.  Click here to visit Hugh Wood's website. 

Welcome to APP, Hugh Wood Inc.!  


The Maritime Commerce Club of the Columbia River recently announced that Ken O'Hollaren, long-time Executive Director of the Port of Longview, Washington USA is the 2012 recipient of the "Old Salt" award. 


This award is presented each year to someone who, through longevity and service, has advanced the Willamette and Columbia River maritime industry.  Nominees should be contributors to the maritime community and have made a significant effort to progress the industry outside of their regular job activities.  The honor was celebrated at the club's Winter Event Dinner on February 21st.


Late last year, O' Hollaren announced his retirement date for December 2012 after 25 years as the port's top executive.  He is currently the longest-serving executive director among Washington State's 76 port districts.


Congratulations, Ken! 



Container ship "Cap Cleveland" called on the Port of Portland, Oregon USA last week, the first call for German carrier Hamburg Süd.  Adding the carrier to Portland's international container lineup is part of a newly expanded weekly service to the Mediterranean offered in partnership with Hapag-Lloyd.

Officials presented a plaque commemorating the occasion and longshore workers discharged imports and loaded export containers all day before the ship departed the Columbia River bound for ports in Central and South America and continuing on to Africa and Europe.

"This is a big deal - especially for exporters in Oregon and throughout our region," said John Akre, Port of Portland terminal manager.  "This first ship represents a more frequent weekly service that will connect the Pacific NW and the Mediterranean with direct access to new ports in overseas markets."

The addition of Hamburg Süd ships adds capacity while reaching new ports overseas through direct and feeder connections including the Far East, Middle East, Indian Ocean, Latin America and West Africa.  By bringing more ships to Portland and improving the regularity of the calls, the service will provide a more efficient, dependable and competitive option for shippers utilizing the Port.



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

Nanimo Logo 2APRIL 10-12, 2012 
APP Spring Conference jointly with
Pacific Coast Congress of Harbormasters and Port Managers 
Nanaimo, British Columbia

JULY 18-21, 2012
APP 99th Annual Conference
Co-Hosted by RMI Ports Authority & Port Authority of Guam  

APP Fall Fly-in Fly-out Seminar
Port of Portland Logo Portland International Airport, OREGON USA 

JANUARY 17-18, 2013
APP Winter Conference
Hosted by Hawaii Harbors Division

APP 100th Annual Conference
Hosted by Port of Redwood City        
Redwood City, 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