The Pacific Current June 23, 2014
Your $100 Early Registration discount for our 101st Annual Conference in Longview, Washington ends this Wednesday, June 25th.
Click here to register now!

Our discounted hotel room block also ends soon, so book your room at the Red Lion as soon as possible.

Read about additional Annual Conference speakers such as Peter Friedmann, new sponsors, and social activities.
And read on for the latest news from the Ports of Skagit and Astoria!
Early Registration Ends Wednesday for Annual Conference
Sponsorship Opportunities at Annual Conference
Companion Activities at Annual Conference
Pickle Processing Facility to Open at Port of Skagit
Port of Astoria Extends Search for Executive Director
Mark Your Calendars for Winter Conference in Hawaii
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APP's 101st Annual Conference
July 20-23, 2014
Hosted by Port of Longview, Washington USA
Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center
Kelso, Washington
Click here to register online now!

Early registration ends this Wednesday, June 25th for APP's 101st Annual Conference hosted by the Port of Longview at the Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center on July 20-23, 2014. Our discounted hotel room block also expires soon, so be sure to book your room now to guarantee your spot at this amazing event!

Learn from expert speakers about timely port issues and trends and enjoy plentiful networking time to learn what's new and build stronger partnerships with your Pacific port colleagues.
Be sure to register by June 25th to receive the $100 registration discount!

In addition to informative presentations, the 101st Annual Conference will also include tours of the Ports of Longview and St. Helens, a visit to amazing Mount St. Helens volcano, ceremonial festivities by the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, golf at Three Rivers Golf Course, and a minor league baseball game with APP leaders throwing out the ceremonial first pitch! The trip to Mount St. Helens volcano will include special presentations to learn how the Columbia River region's maritime industry dealt with the aftermath of the eruption in 1980. Don't miss this unique opportunity!

Here are three more examples of confirmed outstanding guest speakers:

Peter Friedmann, Government Relations, Lindsay Hart, Washington, D.C.

As Lindsay Hart's man in Washington, D.C., Peter Friedmann represents a variety of national and multinational companies, state and local governments, legislative coalitions, ports, and trade associations.  He specializes in helping clients impacted by federal regulation, legislation, and federal agency actions. Peter served as Legislative Counsel to U.S. Senator Bob Packwood (Oregon) in 1979 and as Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation from 1980-1986. He helped draft and enact the Ocean Shipping Act of 1984, Foreign Trade Zone amendments, international investment tax incentives, alternative energy and conservation tax credits, maritime infrastructure tax incentives, international treaty implementation legislation. Peter also organized a congressional trade mission to Korea.

Mark Rocha, Senior Projects Manager; Tyler Kimberley, President, IMCO Construction

Mark Rocha oversees projects in the Western Washington and Puget Sound Regions and specializing in marine infrastructure, transportation, and utility construction projects for both public and private owners. Since joining IMCO in 2004, Mark has managed the company's largest WSDOT contract to date and overseen marine infrastructure projects around the state. Mark has a proven track record for the successful completion of multi-million dollar projects through coordinating trades, developing partnerships and building a positive rapport with architects, engineers, local officials, and vendors while maintaining project schedule constraints and budgets. Tyler Kimberley sits on IMCO's Board of Advisors, manages the IMCO leadership team, and helps shape corporate governance and strategy. He has been instrumental in leading IMCO initiatives to become an industry leader in quality and service and has a global perspective and understanding of current market trends.


Capt. Robert Loken, Director of Port Infrastructure Development,
U.S. Dept. of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) 

Selected and hired by MARAD in December 2010, Bob Loken is currently MARAD's Director of Port Infrastructure Development and Director Northwest Gateway including Alaska, Guam, and Hawaii. Since his arrival at MARAD he has been involved with port improvements in Anchorage, Guam, and Hawaii. Captain Loken was a career naval officer who worked his way up through the enlisted, warrant and commissioned officer ranks retiring after serving 38 years as the Navy's Head of Enlisted Community Management in April 2010.  From 1972 in Vietnam to Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Captain Loken would serve on 10 ships and various shore commands as Commanding Officer of Joint Military Postal, Officer in Charge Ship Repair, Ships First Lieutenant, Navigator, Weapons Officer, Operation Officer, Joint Intelligence, Port Operations, Tugmaster, and many more. Captain Loken's hometown is Bend, Oregon. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College, Masters of Public Administration from Golden Gate University, and is a Graduate of the Naval War College for National Affairs. His personal military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (seven awards) and the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards).



These three join an incredible lineup of port industry and issue experts that will inform and inspire you:

  • Anne Landstrom, Principal Advisor, Moffatt & Nichol
  • Paul Sorensen, Principal, BST Associates
  • Mike Hogan, Environmental Analyst, Port of Bellingham
  • Brian Mannelly, Ports & Marine Senior Planner, AECOM
  • Jeannie Beckett, Principal, The Beckett Group  
  • Dick Ford, Former Director of the Mount St. Helens Forest Learning Center
  • Lawrence Patella, Executive Director, Western Dredging Association
  • Shannon Kinsella, Waterfront Director, Reid Middleton
  • Taiwan International Ports Corporation, LLC
  • Bernie Dumas, CEO, Nanaimo Port Authority (invited)
  • Bill Hanson, VP, U.S. Business Development, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (invited)
  • Timothy Kuhn, Sediment Projects Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (invited)
These inspiring speakers will cover timely Pacific port issues:
  • Port Strategies for the Future of Terminal Development and Automation
  • Managing Energy Projects at Pacific Ports 
  • Effective Port Leadership Solutions
  • Keeping Ports Safe and Secure
  • Dredging 
  • Expanding Exports at Ports of All Sizes
  • Smart Infrastructure Investments
  • Waterfront Redevelopment Challenges and Opportunities
  • Cruise Terminal Upgrades
  • Modernizing Recreational Harbors
  • Mount St. Helens Eruption and Columbia River Commerce
  • Much more! 
Your companion is also welcome to join you in Washington to experience the exciting activities of the Conference, surrounding area, and special companion tours at no cost. Scroll down for more details!

The Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center in Kelso, Washington is located 40 miles north of Portland International Airport (PDX). Renting a car is recommended, but please contact APP staff if interested in shuttle service. It has excellent conference facilities and all modern amenities including 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 just $85 per night including complimentary breakfast, internet and parking.

Book your flight to Portland now! 
We have special discount codes with United Airlines and Delta Airlines.
Please visit our online registration page below for more information.  
Click here to register online! Register by June 25th for the early registration discount.
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Get valuable exposure for your business or port and simultaneously help support APP programs!


Act now to reserve one of these opportunities: 

$2,000   Dinner at Baseball Field for Delegates and Companions - 7/22
$1,500   Mount St. Helens Tour Transportation - 7/23
$1,500   Mount St. Helens Tour Lunch for Everyone  - 7/23
$1,500   Closing Dinner Bar for Delegates and Companions - 7/23
$1,000   Luncheon at Hotel for Delegates - 7/22
$1,000   Baseball Game Transportation for Delegates and Companions - 7/22
$1,000   Tours of Port of Longview & Port of St. Helens - Transportation for Everyone - 7/21
$   750   Golf Networking Outing Transportation and Box Lunches - 7/20
$   750   Companion Tour to Zojo Coffee Roasters, Historic Walking Tour, and Lunch - 7/22
$   750   Morning Networking Break for Delegates - 7/22
$   750   Afternoon Networking Break for Delegates - 7/22
$   500   Monday Dinner Entertainment for Delegates and Companions - 7/21


We would like to extend a special thank you to this year's host and sponsor, the Port of Longview!


  Thank you to our confirmed sponsors so far:

Closing Dinner for Everyone, 7/23 - SPONSORED BY PORT OF ST. HELENS
Welcome Reception Hors d'oeuvres for Everyone, 7/20 - SPONSORED BY PORT OF STOCKTON
Barbecue Lunch at Port of Longview for Everyone, 7/21 - SPONSORED BY PORT OF LONGVIEW

Baseball Tickets for Everyone, 7/22 - SPONSORED BY PORT OF LONGVIEW  

Welcome Reception Entertainment for Everyone, 7/20 - SPONSORED BY PORT OF REDWOOD CITY 

Morning Networking Break for Delegates, 7/21 - SPONSORED BY PORT OF HUENEME
Opening Ceremonial Festivities for Delegates, 7/21 - SPONSORED BY ALX TECHNOLOGY

Conference Bags, Mugs, Black Bears Autographed Baseballs - SPONSORED BY PORT OF LONGVIEW  


Our valued sponsors receive logos on the conference poster & in the conference program, recognition in all newsletters and conference mailings, and the option to include information or promotional items in conference bags and verbal recognition at the event being sponsored. Sponsorships of $1,000 receive a complimentary exhibitor table, if so desired. Sponsorships of $1,500 and higher receive a complimentary exhibitor table and/or podium time to speak to the attendees at the event being sponsored, if so desired.

Sponsorships can be confirmed during online registration or by calling us at (503) 653-5868. 

Your companion is welcome to join you at the APP Annual Conference for golf on Sunday morning (nominal green fee applies), wonderful meals throughout the conference, Monday's tours of the Port of Longview and Port of St. Helens with lunch, and Wednesday's tour of Mount St. Helens (all with APP delegates).

In addition to these events, we have planned free special companion tours just for them. Tuesday will feature a visit to Zojo Coffee Roasters for an up-close look at how coffee is produced and roasted, followed by a historical walking tour of downtown Longview featuring the Civic Circle, the famed Nutty Narrows squirrel bridge, and the restored Shay logging locomotive. Lunch will follow at the nearby Creekside Cafe.

On Wednesday's trip to Mount St. Helens, during the delegate plenary session in the morning, companions will travel to the
Mount St. Helens Forest Learning Center to walk through a lifelike forest and experience the Eruption Chamber. Companions will learn about forest recovery, reforestation and conservation of forest resources.
Remember, each delegate is welcome to bring one companion at no additional charge!

From the Port of Skagit's press release:

Gielow Pickles Inc., a five-generation, family-owned Michigan company, has signed a 10-year lease with the Port of Skagit, Washington USA to establish a vegetable processing plant at the port's Bayview Business Park.


Craig Gielow, vice president of the company, said the plant will operate year-around by processing cucumbers and cabbage from a wide area of the West Coast, including the Skagit Valley. He estimates the plant will employ 25 people when it opens in September and grow to 40 jobs long-term.


The Gielow decision marks an important turn in the fortunes of Skagit Valley agriculture, said Steven Omdal, president of the Port of Skagit Board of Commissioners.


"We are very happy to have Gielow Pickles here in the Skagit Valley. Over the past several decades, we have witnessed one food processer after another - and the jobs they supported -- exit the valley until all were gone," Omdal said. "Now, thanks to the hard work of a lot of people, processing is coming back."


Gielow Pickles Inc. will lease a portion of the 70,000-square-foot production facility at 11768 Westar Lane, Burlington. The port and Gielow Pickles are partnering to complete tenant improvements to the plant so it will be ready to begin processing vegetables this fall.


Last fall, Gielow Pickles Inc. provided processing and a buyer for the local cabbage crop, which was left without a contract when the Pleasant Valley Farms processing plant went out of business in August. On very short notice, Gielow brought in processing equipment and set up shop in the marina's Peninsula Building, which was vacant at the time.


Congrats, Port of Skagit and Gielow Pickes! 


The Port of Astoria, Oregon USA has announced the extension of its search for the Executive Director position. The new application deadline is July 15th. More information can be found on their website:
kauai marriott

Mark your calendars for APP's Winter Conference, held at the amazing Kauai Marriott Resort on January 15-16, 2015.

Stay tuned for more details!


Please save these dates and plan to attend these upcoming APP conferences and seminars:  
JULY 20-23, 2014
APP 101st Annual Conference
Hosted by Port of Longview
Longview, Washington USA  



JANUARY 15-16, 2015
APP Winter Conference
Hosted by Hawaii Harbors Division

Kauai, Hawaii   



Kaohsiung Logo JULY 2015 
APP 102nd Annual Conference 
Hosted by Port of Kaohsiung, TIPC
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
HuenemeLogo 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:



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


APP New Logo Lisa Pomasl, Executive Director:  


Brian Wright, Operations Manager: 


Kersten Green, Administrative Assistant  


Telephone: 503.653.5868

Fax: 503.654.8259