The Pacific Current October 22, 2013
It's not too late to join us this Friday for our Fly-in Fly-out Seminar on "Inside and Outside Threats: Keeping Ports Safe and Secure". 

The seminar will be held on Friday, October 25th at the Portland International Airport Conference Center.

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Unmanned Port Security Vessel
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Register today for our Fly-in Fly-out Seminar, "Inside and Outside Threats: Keeping Ports Safe and Secure," hosted and sponsored by the Port of Portland at the Portland International Airport (PDX) Conference Center on Friday, October 25, 2013.


Don't miss this chance to discover how ports of all sizes can better protect ships, cargo, cranes, trucks, marinas, and rail from external and internal threats. Learn how port staff, tenants, and customers can work together to prevent terrorism, theft, internal sabotage from labor disputes, and much more. Hear firsthand perspectives from public and private security experts on how to implement simple measures to the most cutting-edge tools and techniques. There will also be plentiful time to learn what's new at other ports and network with colleagues - all in beautiful Portland, Oregon!


Here are three more outstanding examples of confirmed guest speakers:

Matthew Cooper, CCP
, Branch Manager, McRoberts Protective Agency, Inc.

Mr. Cooper is the Manager for McRoberts' Portland Branch serving Oregon and SW Washington. Prior to working at McRoberts, he served as the Vice President and General Manager for Reliant Security. Mr. Cooper is involved in every aspect of McRoberts' Portland Branch operations including, overseeing existing client accounts to ensure contract compliance, business development, overseeing operations to ensure that all McRoberts operations maintain the company's standards for human resources management, training, hiring, employee retention and quality service. Mr. Cooper was recognized as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) by ASIS International in 2006.



Terry Thiele, Government ID Solutions Lead, Intellicheck Mobilisa 

Terry is the Government ID Solutions Lead for Intellicheck Mobilisa, having been with the company for more than 8 years, and has been involved with TWIC since nearly the start of the program.  His focus is upon the growth and use of best-of-breed ID verification methodologies within all areas of government and business, and his customers include Federal Agencies, the Department of Defense, along with a number of US Port and Port related facilities.  Terry recently completed MARAD Certified Facility Security Officer Course training, and attended the inaugural iFSO Conference up in New York State.

Michael  Mackesy, Director of Sales, NICE Systems

Michael is a Director of Sales in the security industry.  He works for NICE Systems and specializes in critical infrastructures: Seaports, Airports and Industrial facilities.  Michael has 10 years of Video Surveillance experience in the Security Industry and holds a BS in Information Systems form University of Redlands, a MS in Management of Information Systems from University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.  Although he is a Director of Sales, he possesses a strong network engineering background working with Hughes Aircraft Radar Systems; NASA - Space Station Freedom, and WilTel Networks.

Mackesy is certified with: Data Center Network Integration (DCNI) through Cisco, Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC),Chemical-terrorism Vulnerability Information (CVI), and is TWIC Certified

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.


Click here for more information and online registration.
Unmanned Port Security Vessel
The University of Hawaii's Unmanned Port Security Vessel (UPSV) is a robotic platform designed to support maritime missions in harbor and port environments including infrastructure inspection and incident response and recovery, and harbor surveillance.

Rapidly deployable, the vessel can be used to map the seafloor in high resolution, photograph critical infrastructure below and above the waterline, detect chemical leaks or spills, and relay real-time video-all at the same time.  This made-in-Hawaii technology can provide critical decision support to first-responders and other maritime security personnel around the world. Add a description

The U.S. Coast Guard and the State of Hawai'iʻs Harbors Division of the Department of Transportation have also provided valuable advise in the development of the UPSV technology.

To read the full article, please visit the Hawaii Reporter's website at:
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 A special thanks to these APP port members for renewing their APP membership and dues:  
  • Commonwealth Ports Authority   
  • Pohnpei Port Authority   
  • Port of Portland  
  • Republic of Marshall Islands Ports Authority

and also thanks to our recently-renewing APP associate members:

  • Moffatt & Nichol
  • Saipan Shipping Company, Inc. 
  • Saipan Stevedore Company, Inc. 

We appreciate your continued membership and partnership in strengthening Pacific ports! 



If you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, please visit our new website and let us know what you think!  


In addition to a cleaner, more modern look, visitors will enjoy an experience that is quicker, more user-friendly (also compatible with mobile devices!), rich with multimedia content, and interactive.


Click here to visit our new website. 


Please save these dates and plan to attend these upcoming APP conferences and seminars:  
OCTOBER 25, 2013
APP Fall Fly-in Fly-out Seminar
"Inside and Outside Threats: Keeping Ports Safe and Secure" 
Hosted by Port of Portland
Portland International Airport (PDX)
Portland, Oregon USA
Click here for more information
JANUARY 16-17, 2014
APP Winter Conference
Hosted by Hawaii Harbors Division
Kauai Marriott Resort
Kauai, Hawaii USA 
JULY 20-23, 2014
APP 101st Annual Conference
Hosted by Port of Longview
Longview, Washington USA  

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 JULY 2015 
APP 102nd Annual Conference 
Hosted by Port of Kaohsiung, TIPC
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
JULY 2016
APP 103rd Annual Conference
ted by Port of Hueneme
Port Hueneme, California USA


Your 2013-14 Association of Pacific Ports Executive Committee:  

President: Bob Bagaason, Port of Longview, Washington USA
First Vice President: Tai-Hsin Lee, Taiwan International Ports Corp., Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Second Vice President: Mary Anne Rooney, Port of Hueneme, California USA
Third Vice President: Elizabeth Blanchard, Port of Stockton, California USA
Past President: Richard "Dick" Dodge, Port of Redwood City, California USA

Regional Representatives:
Kuo-Ming Chang, Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Taiwan
Thomas Fields, Port of Long Beach, California USA
Shelly Gibson, Port Authority of Guam, Guam
Robert Larson, Port of Benton, Washington USA
Kim B. Puzey, Port of Umatilla, Oregon USA
Patrick Trapp, Port of St. Helens, Oregon USA

At Large Representative:
Richard Wilson, Port of Anchorage, Alaska USA


Please feel free to contact your APP staff with any questions, concerns, or requests:


APP 100thLisa Pomasl, Executive Director:  


Brian Wright, Operations Manager: 


Kersten Green, Administrative Assistant  


Telephone: 503.653.5868

Fax: 503.654.8259