The Pacific Current May 21, 2014
You aren't too late to qualify for the Early Bird Registration Drawing! Everyone that registers by the end of today is entered into a drawing to win one of two Amazon gift cards! Scroll down for details about Annual Conference speakers, subjects, sponsors, and social activities for our exciting Annual Conference in Washington on
July 20-23, 2014.


Read on about Ron Coale's life, our newest APP associate member, and more!
Annual Conference Details
Annual Conference Sponsorship Opportunities
Stockton's Ron Coale Passes Away
New APP Associate Member: IMCO General Construction
Hawaii Venue Confirmed
Upcoming APP Events
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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 

BIRD There is still time to be entered into the Amazon gift card drawing for APP's exciting
101st Annual Conference at the Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center, hosted by the Port of Longview, Washington USA. "Early Bird" registrations are being accepted through the end of today, May 21st, and will be automatically entered for a chance to win one of two $50 gift cards!

Click here to register online now!

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.

Your companion is also welcome to join you in Washington to experience the exciting activities of the Conference, surrounding area, and a special companion tour at no cost.

Here are three examples of confirmed outstanding guest speakers:

Anne Landstrom, Commercial Group Principal Advisor, Moffatt & Nichol
Anne brings over 30 years of direct experience as a senior manager in logistics and inland transportation capability. She retains extensive experience in supply chain planning and management, intermodal and trans-load logistics, ocean transportation, international freight forwarding, customs brokerage, trade consulting, as well as all aspects of logistics and cargo goods movement. Her previous experience in the ocean transportation and logistics industry for Hapag-Lloyd, APL, UPS Supply Chain Solutions and DHL included working extensively with retail and consumer goods importers; exporters of agricultural cargo and forest products; refrigerated perishable product exporters and importers; solving transportation and supply chain cost issues throughout North America. Over the past six years Anne has worked as a consultant, currently at Moffatt & Nichol, working on projects involving market and economic feasibility studies to support investment in transportation infrastructure and logistics related industrial real estate. These projects involve analyzing cargo goods movement for both seaports and hinterland cargo markets in the U.S. Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and California as well as in Mexico. She currently plays a lead role in Moffatt & Nichol's development and provision of specialized logistics related analysis.
Paul Sorensen, Principal, BST Associates
Paul Sorensen is a principal with BST Associates, which was founded in 1986 as an economic research and strategic planning group that specializes in economic and financial evaluations of port and transportation projects. Paul focuses on market research, strategic planning, demand forecasting, benefit/cost analysis, cost effectiveness analysis, economic impact assessment, life cycle cost analysis, financial planning (including bond feasibility studies), rate/tariff assessments, sensitivity analysis, and project risk assessment.

Mike Hogan, Environmental Analyst, Port of Bellingham
Mike is an Environmental Analyst/Government Relations Specialist at the Port of Bellingham who has helped develop plans for a 227-acre redevelopment project on Bellingham's central waterfront as a member of the Port's waterfront redevelopment team. Mike studied chemistry and political science at the University of Utah and received a Masters in Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley. Hogan has been working on legislative affairs, environmental cleanup, contaminated property redevelopment, and salmon restoration projects since starting at the Port in 2004.

These and other expert speakers will cover timely Pacific port issues:
  • Effective Port Leadership Solutions
  • Keeping Ports Safe and Secure
  • Managing Energy Projects at Pacific Ports
  • 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 its Effect on Columbia River Commerce
  • Much more! 
In addition to informative presentations, the 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!

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 today, May 21st, to be entered into the gift card drawing!
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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: 


$2,500   Closing Dinner for Delegates and Companions - 7/23

$2,000   Welcome Reception Hors d'oeuvres for Everyone - 7/20
$2,000   Monday Dinner Banquet for Delegates and Companions - 7/21
$2,000   Dinner at Baseball Field for Delegates and Companions - 7/22
$1,500   Mount St. Helens Tour Transportation for Delegates and Companions - 7/23
$1,500   Mount St. Helens Tour Lunch for Delegates and Companions - 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, Activities, and Lunch - 7/22
$  750   Morning Networking Break for Delegates - 7/21
$  750   Morning Networking Break for Delegates - 7/22
$  750   Afternoon Networking Break for Delegates - 7/22
$  500   Opening Ceremonial Festivities for Delegates - 7/21
$  500   Welcome Reception Entertainment for Delegates and Companions - 7/20
$  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:  

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Thank you, Port of Longview, for your generous sponsorship of:
Barbecue Lunch for Delegates and Companions at the Port - 7/21 

Baseball Tickets for Delegates and Companions - 7/22

Conference Bags, Conference Mugs, and Cowlitz Black Bears Autographed Baseballs

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. 

Longtime Port of Stockton, California USA Commissioner and APP Life Member Ron Coale passed away on April 17, 2014 at the age of 81. He was appointed by the Stockton City Council to the Stockton Port District Board of Port Commissioners in 1991 and served proudly in that position until March 2013. Ron served as Chairman of the Stockton Port Commission in 1995, 2000 and 2008. He played an active role in securing Rough and Ready Island from the United States Navy in 2000, allowing the Port of Stockton to become the third largest port and the largest inland port in terms of acreage in California, as well as being the second busiest inland port on the west coast.

Click here to read more about Ron's life in the Stockton Record.

We appreciate Ron's long and faithful years of port service and active involvement in APP. He'll be missed!
We're excited to announce APP's new Associate Member: IMCO General Construction, Inc.

A family corporation established in 1978, IMCO is a heavy civil general contractor offering construction services in the energy/industrial, marine infrastructure, transportation and water/wastewater market sectors. They have the ability to self-perform generally 80% of the work on projects and cater to both public and private sector clients. It was founded on the principles of hard work, quality, and commitment.  


For more information, please visit

Welcome to APP, IMCO General Construction! 

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Our Winter Conference will be held at the Kauai Marriott Resort on January 15-16, 2015.  Be sure to mark your calendars! 


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
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 New Logo Lisa Pomasl, Executive Director:  


Brian Wright, Operations Manager: 


Kersten Green, Administrative Assistant  


Telephone: 503.653.5868

Fax: 503.654.8259