The Pacific Current February 21, 2012
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Register today for APP's Spring Conference on April 10-12, 2012 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. 

This fun, informative conference will be held in partnership with the Pacific Coast Congress of Harbormasters and Port Managers.  Please read below for details.

Scroll down for photos from our Winter Conference last month in Hawaii. Meet our newest associate and life members.  And read about exciting news from Pacific Ports!
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Wrapping Up Winter Conference
New Associate Member: Capacity Marine Corp.
Buell Becomes Life Member
Kaohsiung Welcomes World's Largest Container Ship
St. Helens and Coal Exports
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Please join us for APP's 2012 Spring Conference in partnership with APP Word Logo
the Pacific Coast Congress of Harbormasters & Port Managers:

April 10-12, 2012

Vancouver Island Conference Centre
Nanaimo, British Columbia, CANADA 

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for more information and to register online. 

You will be informed and equipped by expert speakers about timely port industry
PCCissues.  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 are holding 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.

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Spring conference topics include new business and cargo opportunities, building new cruise facilities, developing highly motivated port employees, effectively responding to emergencies, avoiding stupid accidents, managing risks, building and accessing modern marinas, and more!



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


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 rooms at two nearby hotels start at just $109 per night.  Conference room blocks are limited so please make your reservations early.  


Click here to register today for the Spring Conference in Canada! 



We recently completed another successful Winter Conference on January 12-13 in Hawaii.  Excellent speakers equipped attendees with useful information about port disaster planning & recovery; recent and upcoming foreign trade agreements; clean energy initiatives; port security changes; global economic forecasts; Chinese trade opportunities; successful port governance; and much more!  





PowerPoint presentations from the Winter Conference may be viewed by clicking here.  


Conference photos can be viewed by clicking here.  



Attendees also experienced special tours of Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor and the Matson Terminal at Honolulu Harbor to see working port facilities in action.  Fun networking opportunities with Pacific Port colleagues included a historical tour of Pearl Harbor & the USS Arizona, a traditional luau at Germaine's, and golf at Ko Olina Golf Club 


A special thanks to all attendees, guest speakers, the Hawaii Department of Transportation for hosting, and especially our sponsors for making the 2012 Winter Conference successful: Matson Navigation, CH2M Hill, Port of Hueneme, Port of Stockton, Moffatt & Nichol, Port Authority of Guam, Port of St. Helens, Port of Umatilla, ALX Technology, and Port of Longview!




We welcome APP's newest Associate Member, Capacity Marine Corporation, a wholesale/retail marine insurance brokerage and reinsurance intermediary specializing in the placement of marine and international risk.

Capacity's dedicated and expert staff will assist your organization in developing underwriting data, marketing, and placing your current and future business requirements.  Their specialists will work with you to solve any insurance/reinsurance puzzle with a complete solution of insurance & reinsurance services and programs.

Welcome to APP, Capacity Marine Corporation!


Longview Dan Buell


Recently-retired Port of Longview, Washington USA commissioner Dan Buell is APP's newest life member.  He was unanimously elected by the APP Board of Directors during the recent Winter Conference.  


During Commissioner Buell's 18 years of service, the Port of Longview tripled in land size and grew significantly in cargo volumes, business, and jobs.  Dan was also an active and valued member of the APP Executive Committee.  


Congratulations, Dan!  Thank you for many years of faithful service!



KaohsiungThe largest container vessel in the world visited the Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau in Taiwan for the first time last month.  The vessel, owned by China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) Group, represents a step forward in the Taiwan-China cargo shipping partnership.

The ship weighs 141,823 metric tons, is 352.88 meters long, and 48.2 meters wide.  It has a cargo capacity of 13,114 TEUs.  KHB Director Ding-Hsun Hsiao presented an award to the ship's captain upon its arrival.

Congratulations, Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau!



The Port of St. Helens, Oregon USA recently approved agreements with two companies that want to export coal to China.  The commissioners voted in favor of coal exports -- potentially up to 38 million tons a year -- after testimony from supporters touting the job potential and from opponents with concerns about environmental impacts and increased train and barge traffic.

The agreements with Kinder Morgan and Ambre Energy subsidiary Pacific Transloading would provide construction work and up to 105 full-time jobs, as well as port and tax revenues. Both companies vowed to run clean operations and contain coal dust.

The Ambre Energy project would involve shipping coal by train to an enclosed facility at the Port of Morrow, Oregon USA and then downriver by covered barge to the Port of St. Helens' terminal at Port Westward (near Clatskanie, Oregon); coal would then be transferred from barges to oceangoing Panamax vessels.  The Kinder Morgan project would receive coal by trains that would run through the Columbia Gorge, then load onto ships from a Port Westward terminal.  Both companies are in the early stages of planning and will be required to obtain all local, state and federal permits.



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

APRIL 10-12, 2012 
APP Spring Conference jointly with
Pacific Coast Congress of Harbormasters and Port Managers 
Nanaimo, British Columbia, CANADA
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 LogoPortland International Airport, OREGON USA 

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

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:
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Dave Hunt, Executive Director:

Lisa Pomasl, Deputy Director:

Brian Wright, Operations Manager:

Telephone: 503.653.5868
Fax: 503.654.8259
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