The Pacific Current March 6, 2014
An all-star cast of speakers headlined APP's well-attended inter Conference in January. Photos and PowerPoint presentations are listed below!





Check out news about what's happening at individual Pacific ports, our upcoming Fair Labor and Trade Seminar to be held in San Diego on May 2, APP's 101st Annual Conference in Washington in July, and much more! 

Wrapping Up APP's Winter Conference
Trade & Labor Seminar in San Diego
APP People: Rooney Receives Award
New Life Member: Dave Hunt
Port of Bellingham Airport Expansion
Port of Keelung Planning Expansion
Redwood City Approves Lease
101st Annual Conference Preview
Upcoming APP Events
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Thank you to the hosts, sponsors, speakers, moderators, and delegates at January's APP Winter Conference. It was a great way to start APP's second century! 

Click here to see Winter Conference photos!
Kudos to our well-prepared, informative presenters:
  • Dr. Peter Fuleky, Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO) 
  • Joanne Brown, General Manager, Port Authority of Guam
  • J. Alberto Lemus, Senior Vice President, Lowe Enterprises

  • Ruben Duran, Attorney, Burke, Williams & Sorensen LLP
  • Jose Ometeotl, Manager, Willdan Financial Services
  • Dr. Thomas Reed, Founder & President, Oceanic Imaging Consultants 
  • Lek Friel, Manager of Container Operations, Matson Navigation Co.  
  • Bob Crowell, Kauai District Manager, Hawaii DOT, Harbors Division 
  • Patrick Trapp, Executive Director, Port of St. Helens, Oregon USA 
  • Jeannie Beckett, Principal, The Beckett Group
  • Richard Wilson, Port Director, Port of Anchorage, Alaska USA  


Special thanks to our generous Winter Conference Sponsors:  


You are invited to participate in APP's Spring Fly-in Fly-out Seminar:

"Fair Labor & Trade: Ensuring the Needs of
Port Business, Workers, and Community"
Friday, May 2, 2014, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Marriott Courtyard Hotel San Diego Old Town

San Diego, California USA

Click here to Register for the Spring Seminar.

Learn from experts about ways to effectively balance labor needs with efficiency issues facing modern ports such as logistics automation, terminal privatization, and cargo handling issues. Be informed of future economic policies and trade modernization that will affect wages, occupational health and safety, foreign labor competition, and much more. Learn about labor and trade issues at other ports and network with colleagues -- all in sunny San Diego, California!  


The seminar begins at 10:00 a.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m. at the nearby Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Old Town San Diego (complimentary shuttle service provided), so you can easily fly in and out of San Diego that same day. Continental breakfast and lunch are included. Registration is only $195 for APP members!



Save May 2, 2014 in your calendar.  And click here to Register for the Spring Seminar.



The Ventura County, California's Special Districts Association (VCSDA) recently awarded Port of Hueneme Commissioner and APP Second Vice President Mary Anne Rooney as 2013 Director of the Year.

The Association annually recognizes outstanding Directors and General Managers.  

In 2010, Ms. Rooney became the first woman to win a seat on the Oxnard Harbor District's Commission board that governs the Port of Hueneme and currently serves as the Board's President.  She is an independent business consultant and in addition to being Second Vice President of APP, Rooney serves as Vice President for the Ventura County Special Districts Association, President of the Oxnard-Ocotlan Sister City Committee, Board Member of the World Affairs Council. Previously, she was elected as a Trustee for the Ventura County Community College District from 2002-2006. During that time she was elected by her peers to the statewide California Community College Trustee Board.  

In recognizing Ms. Rooney's four year tenure on the Oxnard Harbor District Commission, Ms. Rooney stated, "I am honored by this award and proud of the accomplishments of the Port. Due to our customer's hard work, the Oxnard Harbor District has experienced record cargo and revenue growth numbers, and is on track to set yet another all-time high in both cargo tonnage and gross revenues for fiscal year 2013-2014."

Since 1974, the Ventura County Special Districts Association (VCSDA) has been representing over 20 independently governed special districts located in Ventura County. Special districts are single purposed entities formed by local residents to provide local services. Special districts are a more efficient form of government and they are quicker to respond to customer needs.

VCSDA's purpose is to promote the efficient, economical and responsive public services offered by the independent special districts of Ventura County-independent special districts governed by a locally elected board of directors.

Congratulations, Mary Anne!  
During our recent Winter Conference in Kauai, the APP Board of Directors unanimously approved our newest APP Life Member, former APP Executive Director Dave Hunt!

Dave received the nomination for his outstanding leadership of APP from 2005 until 2013. After eight years serving APP, Hunt took on a new role as Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition, an association of 150 defense and security industry businesses.

Congratulations, Dave! 
The Port of Bellingham, Washington USA just celebrated the completion of the Bellingham International Airport's (BLI) $38 million expansion. The project began in 2008 and expanded the terminal from 27,000 square feet to 105,000, which added new boarding gates, a restaurant and coffee shop, a larger ticket lobby, additional ticket agent openings, and a larger baggage claim area.

Click here to read the Bellingham Herald article. Click here to watch a video on the airport's expansion.

Congratulations, Port of Bellingham!
The Port of Keelung, TIPC Taiwan recently announced plans to invest NTD10bn (approx. $330 million USD) in port expansion. The West 22 and 23 terminals will be dredged and a warehouse will be expanded. 

The port will also strengthen the construction of cruise facilities to facilitate longer stays by tourists at Keelung.

Congratulations, Port of Keelung, TIPC!
The Port of Redwood City, California USA recently approved a three-year lease with Boxer Industries for a carbon black pilot production facility. Boxer Industries, headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, develops innovative, cost effective, and environmentally sustainable technologies that convert abundant domestically produced natural gas resources into high value chemicals and materials for customers around the world. Boxer's process, which utilizes natural gas instead of crude oil as a feedstock, is more efficient as well as significantly more environmentally friendly. This allows Boxer to capitalize on North America's abundant natural gas resources while reducing dependencies and demand for oil. Carbon black is a material used in manufacturing nearly all black rubber and plastic. The lease area is approximately 0.67 acres and was previously used by Manson Construction for office trailers and construction equipment used for the Wharves 1&2 project. The plant is designed to produce 90 kilograms of carbon black per hour (190 tons per year) and will be placed in large bulk bags and stored in 20 foot or 40 foot containers prior to delivery by truck. During the initial production period, carbon black will also be trucked to the site to mix with carbon black produced by the pilot plant.

The plant will be outdoors with the exception of the bag house, packaging,and storage of the carbon black. There will also be a laboratory/office trailer installed on the site. Approximately 3-4 employees will be at the pilot plant supported by 10-11 engineers located nearby in offices at Pacific Shores Center. Carbon black is a widely used strengthening and conductive material in a variety of products, including plastics, tires, belts, hoses, toners and printing inks. The Boxer Industries carbon black pilot plant is a "green" industrial research and development project that is compatible with other industrial uses at the Port.

It will be able to use the Port's industrial area, as well as its geographic location near centers of R&D and venture capital, to develop new green technology for industrial manufacturing.

Congratulations, Port of Redwood City and Boxer Industries!
Planning is well underway for APP's exciting 101st Annual Conference at the Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center, hosted by the Port of Longview, Washington USA.
You will tour different ports, learn from expert speakers about timely port issues and trends, enjoy plentiful networking time to learn what's new and build stronger partnerships with your Pacific port colleagues, and experience an amazing tour of Mount Saint Helens. Room rates start at just $85 per night with free parking!

Please save the date:
July 20-23, 2014: APP 101st Annual Conference
Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center
Hosted by Port of Longview, Washington USA

Please join us to celebrate the beginning of APP's second century! Stay tuned to for updated information on guest speakers, Conference schedule, and more. Online registration coming soon!


Please save these dates and plan to attend these upcoming APP conferences and seminars:  
  APP New Logo
May 2, 2014 
APP Fly-In Fly-Out Seminar
San Diego, California USA

JULY 20-23, 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
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
Susan Wise, 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