The Pacific Current May 8, 2014

Registration is now open for our 101st Annual Conference hosted by the Port of Longview, Washington USA. Register early and be entered into a drawing to win one of two Amazon gift cards! Be sure to register by Wednesday, May 21st! Learn below about other details on our exciting Annual Conference in Washington on July 20-23, 2014.

Read on about our new APP associate members, Rich Wilson's departure from the Port of Anchorage, a new shore power system at the Port of Hueneme, ADELTE's milestone, news at the Port of Longview, and more!
Registration Opens for Annual Conference
Annual Conference Sponsorship Opportunities
APP People: Wilson Announces Departure from Anchorage
New APP Associate Members
Hueneme Plugs In Shore Power
APP People: Hampton Announces Retirement at Redwood City
Energy Export Company Eyes Port of Longview
ADELTE Secures 100th Bridge Installation Milestone
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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 

Registration is open for APP's exciting
101st Annual Conference at the Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center, hosted by the Port of Longview, Washington USA.

Click here to register online now!


As a special incentive to register early, register by Wednesday, May 21st to be entered into a special drawing.  You could be one of two lucky winners to receive a $50 gift card!



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.

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 by May 21st to be entered into the gift card drawing!


Please join us to celebrate the beginning of APP's second century!



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 Delegates & Companions - 7/21
$  750   Golf Networking Outing Transportation and Box Lunches - 7/20
$  750   Companion Tour to Zojo's Coffee, 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
Barbecue Lunch for Delegates and Companions at the Port - 7/21 - Sponsored by the Port of Longview
Baseball Tickets for Delegates and Companions - 7/22 - Sponsored by the 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.
APP At-Large Representative and Port of Anchorage, Alaska USA Port Director Richard Wilson recently announced he will be leaving his position at at the end of May.

Appointed two years ago by Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, Wilson was tasked with and successfully overcame the challenges of earning back public support for the Port of Anchorage by positioning the Port's infrastructure modernization program for success and increasing business partnerships. Wilson felt it was time to take on a new challenge.

Congratulations, Rich, and best of luck in your new endeavors!  

We're excited to announce APP's new Associate Members: Cruise Lines International Association - North West & Canada (CLIA-NWC) and Eagle Rock Aggregates, Inc.

Formerly known as the North West & Canada Cruise Association, Cruise Lines International Association - North West & Canada is a non-profit association representing the major cruise lines that operate in the Pacific Northwest (British Columbia, Washington, Alaska & Hawaii), Atlantic Canada and Quebec. It was established in 1986 to develop strong partnerships with the communities in which its member lines are based and where they visit.

For more information, please visit

Eagle Rock Aggregates (ERA), along with its parent company
Polaris Minerals Corporation, supplies high quality construction aggregates to major coastal city markets in California, Hawaii and British Columbia. The Company has developed an integrated logistical chain of mineral resources, receiving port terminals and cost effective, contracted shipping that allows it to meet the need for replacement aggregate sources in markets where local resources are depleting and marine imported aggregates offer an increasingly viable alternative. In northern California, supplies are made to the Company's terminal within the Port of Richmond, which commenced storage and distribution of Orca aggregate in 2008. Three additional locations are supplied directly: the Port of Redwood City, the Port of San Francisco, and Petaluma, California. In Southern California, ERA secured a lease at the Port of Long Beach and is in the process of developing the eight-acre property for imports in ocean-going vessels later this year.

For more information, please visit

Welcome to APP, Cruise Lines International Association - North West & Canada and Eagle Rock Aggregates!

HuenemeLogo The Port of Hueneme, California USA recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to launch its new grid-based shore power system. The passage of Assembly Bill 32 in 2006 by the California state legislature required refrigerated cargo vessels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while at berth while in California ports.


The project represents a giant leap forward for the Port and surrounding community. Over the lifetime of this project (30 years), annual emissions from refrigerated cargo vessels also known as "reefer vessels" will be significantly reduced. Anticipated reductions include a 92% reduction in PM, 98% reduction in NOx, and a 55% reduction in greenhouse gasses. It will also reduce diesel fuel use by about 68,000 gallons a year.


Congratulations, Port of Hueneme! 


Cynthia Hampton, Director of Fina & Development for the Port of Redwood City, California USA announced her retirement effective May 12, 2014, after 15 years.


Executive Director Mike Giari said that the Port will immediately recruit for a qualified individual to fill this important position. 


"During her tenure at the Port, Hampton was instrumental in issuing two successful revenue bonds which enabled the Port to re-mediate a former petroleum tank farm site and construct a new, modern wharf facility, the first new wharf built at the Port in 30 years," Port Commission Chair Lorianna Kastrop said. "She also modernized the Port's accounting systems and led the Port into full compliance with current government accounting standards and procedures. The detailed financial budgeting system established by Hampton assisted the Port in meeting its financial goals and achieving 15 years of profitable operations based on Port revenues."


Prior to joining the Port of Redwood City, Hampton served as controller at the Port of Sacramento for 11 years. Locally, she was a board member for the Sequoia Awards, serving on a committee for scholarships for students.

Best of luck in your new endeavors, Cynthia!

The Port of Longview, Washington USA recently announced it has entered into a one-year option agreement to explore a proposed propane and butane export terminal interested in developing a new facility on the west coast. Haven Energy, a subsidiary of Sage Midstream, is proposing an export facility to move propane and butane currently being flared in the Midwest to energy markets around the Pacific Rim. The plan calls for the cargo to be railed to the Port from the Dakotas, refrigerated and stored on site before being loaded to vessels for export to Hawaii, Mexico and Asia. The option agreement allows both Haven and the Port to evaluate the project. During the option period, the Port agrees not to negotiate with any other party interested in locating a similar facility at the Port. Further, the Port of Longview and Haven Energy will negotiate a commercial lease for Port property and dock use and submit permit applications that are required for the trans-shipment facility.

"These actions are critical to determine the feasibility of the project," says Port of Longview Chief Executive Officer Geir-Eilif Kalhagen. "This information derived during the option period, will form the basis for a decision by the Port's governing board of elected commissioners."

The preliminary concept for the terminal is to place two tall, doubled-walled storage tanks on a 30-40 acre tract near Berth 4. Unit trains of 100+ railcars designed to carry propane and butane would utilize the Port's industrial rail corridor to enter the facility. Haven Energy estimates its terminal would receive a unit train every day and half and approximately 30 vessels a year when it's at full operation. "We're really pleased that businesses recognize what the Port of Longview has to offer," said Port CEO Geir Kalhagen. "Now the process begins where we evaluate the project to ensure it's in line with the Port's overall mission and meets the regulatory requirements of the State." In Washington State, new developments go through a rigorous evaluation under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Through this process, the project is evaluated on potential impacts to the environment, including transportation, public services, and environmental health. Opportunities for community input are built into the environmental and regulatory processes.
ADELTE, formerly known as "TEAM," has secured contracts for the delivery of 11 Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges (SPBBs) at cruise and ferry terminals. When these systems are installed later this year, ADELTE reaches the symbolic figure of 100 commissioned Seaport PBB installations. The 11 tailor-made bridges will be deto the ports of Rotterdam, Stornoway, Swinoujscie and Ullapool in Northern Europe, Denia and Savona in Southern Europe and Busan and Singapore in Asia.

With these new contracts ADELTE reinforces its position as the leading provider of Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges and Global Services to cruise and ferry terminals around the world.

Congratulations, ADELTE!

Our spring seminar in San Diego has been rescheduled for the fall. Please join us on Thursday, November 6 at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Old Town San Diego. 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  

 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